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Unique Clock Design Combining Kokomo Glass and Stabilized Wood Pen Blanks

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Project by DaleMaley posted 12-23-2014 12:14 PM 1071 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Unique Clock Design Combining Kokomo Glass and Stabilized Wood Pen Blanks
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I have done several projects using Kokomo glass. It is unique because no two pieces are the same color.

In the last few months, I also learned how to make ink pens on the lathe using kits from Penn State Industries. They made a stabilized wood pen blank where they inject a material into the blank so it is easier to turn into pen bodies. The green stabilized wood blank is the ugliest piece of material you have ever seen, yet is turns into the most gorgeous colors I have ever seen.

I thought it would be very interesting to combine the Kokomo glass with the Penn State Industries green stabilized wood blank in a clock design.

I came up with this clock design, modifying a Mission style mantel clock design to incorporate the glass and the pen blanks as 4 vertical columns.

The clock really turned out well. I’m going to try some other color combinations as well (yellow, blue, red).

To read about my trials & tribulations of making this clock, see my web site.

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/





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BobWemm

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#1 posted 12-23-2014 12:53 PM

That is a wonderful creation. I love the idea of using glass and wood in the one project.
Congratulations and Thank you for showing.

Bob.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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DaleMaley

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#2 posted 12-23-2014 01:04 PM

Thanks Bob!

My photography skills are pretty poor, I don’t really do the finished clock justice. My wife was impressed with the finished clock, and she is pretty hard to please….....so it must look good :)

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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Grant Davis

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#3 posted 12-23-2014 03:53 PM

I really like the addition of the spindles made of pen blanks. That is a unique idea.

Very nice clock also.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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DaleMaley

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#4 posted 12-23-2014 04:46 PM

I was trying to think of how to incorporate the green stabilized wood into a clock, and the round spindles is what I thought of.

The pen blanks are 3/4×3/4×5 inches. One could saw them to maybe 3/8×5/8×5 inches, but I’m not sure you can get the super shiny finish by orbital sanding on a flat surface. You can get a beautiful finish on the lathe, which is why I chose to make them round.

I will have to try sawing a pen blank into rectangular form….......and see how shiny I can get it by orbital sanding.

Thanks

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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