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Project by sry posted 2038 days ago 1346 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I saw Marc build that clock a while ago, it seemed like a great goal to make christmas presents for the grandparents this year. So here are the 4 clocks I made. Frames are walnut, center is curly maple, dowels are maple. I’m trying to train myself from the beginning to pay attention to grain, so the grain pattern is continuous if you follow it around the outside of the frame. Due to lack of time and tooling I decided not to do the keyed miter that I’ve seen done; hopefully just the glue will hold these together. The clock movements are 3 1/2” models from Rockler, and I routed the holes with a circular template. The holes don’t go all the way through, so you can fully enjoy the cool grain pattern on the back of the clock as well.

After collecting suggestions here for how to sign my name, I ended up burning my initials with a soldering iron and inlaying a 2008 penny in the bottom of each. Thanks John Gray for the awesome penny idea!

Finish is 4 coats of thinned poly, satin on the frame and semi-gloss on the maple. I tried to pop the grain on the maple with an initial coat of dyed shellac followed by a sanding. I probably could have done better on that part, but it still looks pretty darn cool I think.

Thanks for looking





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Dusty56

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#1 posted 2038 days ago

I’ve been insetting the pennies for over 15 years now and everyone loves them . You can see some of them on my posted projects here.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Jim

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#2 posted 2038 days ago

Nice job, I did one of these clocks as well. Fun little project. I love the idea of the Penny, I think I will start doing that myself!!

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada --- www.sollows.ca

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DrDirt

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#3 posted 2035 days ago

Hey Steve -
Looks great – an excellent choice of woods – I like the penny idea as well.

Happy New Year

Dave

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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Daniel Barnes

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#4 posted 1889 days ago

They are very nice. I would like to learn how to make them. How easy are they? Do you mind to share your plans or idea? Thanks

-- Daniel Barnes, Missouri, dangolfb@yahoo.com

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sry

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#5 posted 1872 days ago

Dan,
Sorry for the delayed response to your question about the clocks. The idea and plans came from The Wood Whisperer. I think he has a sketchup drawing there. I’ve modified some of the dimensions from what he built, but the idea is the same. They were quite easy to build, and were a big hit with my and my wife’s grandparents.

-Steve

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