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Project by JoeinGa posted 12-23-2014 03:29 PM 1146 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Last summer Bonnie and I started volunteering to help out in the kitchen at church. Once they heard we had been in charge of the kitchen for 10 years at another church, they readily said “YES”.

One thing I’ve noticed is that most of these “little Southern ladies” DON’T LIKE CHANGES. :-) The clock that hangs in the kitchen is very small, and if you’re at the far end of the kitchen it’s hidden behind the far cabinets where it cant be seen. A couple months ago I suggested we move the clock and put it over the big serving window, so people could see it from anywhere in the kitchen. ”OH MY! GASP!” You’d think I just suggested that we serve REAL WINE for The Lord’s Supper!

I guess I shouldn’t have been, but I was actually surprised at the responses. Mostly it boiled down to ”But that’s where it’s ALWAYS been” So I dropped the idea. Till last week….

I asked one of the Deacons (BEFORE putting any holes in the wall) if it would be OK for me to add a 2nd clock in the kitchen. I told him where I wanted to put it and he said ”You know, I’ve always wondered WHY that clock is in that corner. You can’t see it from the other end of the kitchen. So yes, I agree with the need. Just DONT MOVE the clock that’s up there. The ladies will be mad, because they dont like changes” (Uhhh yeah, I already figured THAt out)

So I picked out a piece of maple that was about 8” wide and split it down the middle. Then glued it back up with a piece of mahogany in between the pieces.
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Used my router and fitted a thinner piece of the mahog across the face. (Yes that’s right, you can see where I’m going with this.)
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The clock motor I bought has a 3/4” long shaft so I added another piece of the maple on the back for depth. This will also give the clock the illusion of floating off the wall when it’s hung.
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I printed out a generic clock face on the computer and used it to lay out the numbers. Used my spring-loaded center punch to mark the center and each of the numbers.
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I used a 5/8” Forstner bit on the drill press, to cut out for the clock motor.
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Sanded it all, working my way up to 400grit, and then over the next few days I hand rubbed in about 10 coats of Tung oil.
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Yesterday I put in the motor & hands and a hanging bracket.
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And TAA DAA …. the finished product. It’s 14” tall and 10.5” wide. And rather than use plastic stick-on numbers, I used a countersink to open up the dots where the numbers would be.
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Each week as I’ve been turning bowls I’ve been bringing them with me when we help serve the AWANA kids on Wednesday nights and they’ve all liked my bowls. So I’m hopeful that I wont get TOO MUCH flack for doing this. I’m sure they’ll like the clock, and since I didn’t MOVE the other one … I SHOULD be ok.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward





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Handtooler

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#1 posted 12-23-2014 03:45 PM

I’m quite sure you will survive any harmful mistreatment Absolutely beautiful. Now you’ll be FULLY accepted in to their fraternity after the bowls and all..

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@outlook.com

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tyvekboy

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#2 posted 12-23-2014 04:54 PM

Nice church clock. The only change I would have done is use a forester bit instead of a countersink bit and put in a wooden dowels in the holes. Walnut dowels in the light wood and maple dowels in the dark wood.

Thanks for sharing and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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BusterB

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#3 posted 12-23-2014 04:54 PM

Joe- great statement on human nature….we don’t like change…lol. That is a great project buddy. Love the wood choices!! Merry Christmas Joe.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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JoeinGa

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#4 posted 12-23-2014 05:43 PM

Geeze Tyvekboy … where were you when I was trying to figure out how to do the holes when I decided I didn’t like the plastic numbers? LOL

Thanks guys. Merry Christmas to you also!

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#5 posted 12-23-2014 06:09 PM

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#6 posted 12-23-2014 07:29 PM

Very nice, hope they love it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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ConnieReed

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#7 posted 12-23-2014 07:41 PM

I grew up in Florida, which is part Southern and part Not. And have a mixed background, part Southern and part Not. So, while my cultural history is a little confused at times ;) I am not at all hazy on the concept of changing stuff around old Southern ladies. Don’t. Do. It.!!!

The idea of using dowels is nice, but I also rather like the simplicity of how you did it the countersink. It’s really a lovely clock.

Merry Christmas!

-- "My plate is full, I can't possibly take on anything more... Oh, look! A project!"

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doubleDD

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#8 posted 12-24-2014 12:43 AM

.That clock looks way too nice for a kitchen Joe. Great contrast. Really cool idea you used for the number digits.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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icemanhank

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#9 posted 12-30-2015 10:40 PM

Really lovely

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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tyvekboy

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#10 posted 12-31-2015 04:32 AM

Nice and simple,

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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