|Project by TheKingInYellow||posted 12-29-2008 03:58 AM||1240 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
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...