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Project by TheKingInYellow posted 2031 days ago 1153 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The clock is made of Tigerwood (aka Goncalo Alves) with inlaid Honduran Rosewood and Cherry. The inlay pattern is repeated on the back of the clock as well. The clock inserts are from Lee Valley and the clocks are finished with two coats of Tung Oil Sealer and then five more coats of a 2:1 Polymerized Tung Oil/Tung Oil Sealer blend, very lightly sanded with 400 grit paper between all coats.

There was a LOT of learning in the three months or so that I spent working on-and-off on these clocks, and I now want a band saw, jointer and planer before I ever attempt to work with an expensive hardwood again!

Difficult parts in this project were resawing on a table saw (worked well enough but with no planer, it gets very much out of square), and aligning the 45 degree locking mitre bit on my cheap Canadian Tire router and router table.

The hardest, by far, was the inlay. The inlay is about 3/16” deep and I left a full 1/8” or so sticking out of the surface. I thought I could sand it flush, or cut it with a flush cut saw, but neither worked well at all. I ended up taking off the excess on the router table with a guide bit and the face held vertical to the fence. Tear-out ruined 3 of the 12 faces I had made, so I ended up with four clocks instead of six!

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...





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Karson

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#1 posted 2031 days ago

Nice job. Yes using a router to trim off extra wood can cause big problems real fast. I started to use a table saw to do the trimming and find that I get better control.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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TheKingInYellow

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#2 posted 2031 days ago

I learned that fast. This is my first woodworking project since high school, so everything I did was based on some reading and best guess.

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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scopemonkey

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#3 posted 2030 days ago

Nice clocks. I really like the Goncalo Alves. If you have it in your budget, get a good block plane (or even a cheap one and some elbow grease to tune it up) and a card scraper—makes it easy to flush up inlay. I use my block plane on just about every project and it was a great investment.

-- GSY from N. Idaho

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TheKingInYellow

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#4 posted 2030 days ago

I managed to pick up a LABP and a #5 Jack from an estate sale recently. They need new blades, but I’ll have them for my next project!

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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Beginningwoodworker

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#5 posted 1323 days ago

Thats a nice clock.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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itsmic

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#6 posted 1064 days ago

Sharp looking clock, looks like You are making very nice strides in the mastery of woodworking, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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