Re-purposed Desk Clock

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Project by drewpy posted 10-25-2015 01:37 AM 1390 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The weather has been nice here in Ohio so I thought I would try one more project before I closed up shop/garage for the winter. I had a desk clock that I received from work back in 2002 for a project I was involved with. It has been sitting around in the closet for many years and have always thought about doing something with it so this is what I came up with. I just popped the clock mechanism out and was on my way.

It’s made from ribbon sapele and curly maple. It measures 9L X 2w X 6 1/2h.

The finish is 3 coats of danish oil and two coats of arm-r-seal. The curl in that maple shows up nice but I really struggled to capture this in the pictures.

The clock insert is just a tight fit with the original o-ring holding it in. I just use the small suction cup that came with it to take it out and change the time and/or batteries.

I drew up several different designs and kept gravitating towards a diamond main housing. The bottom left and right designs are pretty much copies of ones I saw browsing around. I’ve never used sketch up before but always hear you all mention it so I thought I would give it a whirl. I wanted to get a 3D image of the ones I liked most. I realized it was going to take a fair amount of time to learn and didn’t know how long the nice weather would last so I pretty much quit. Just about then I read that you could insert a one dimensional image into sketch-up and then drag/expand parts to get a 3D image. It was quick and helped me learn at least a small portion of sketch-up.

This is what I watched to learn to make an inserted image 3D.

My new winter projects will be improving my photography and sketch-up skills!!!

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-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#1 posted 10-25-2015 01:41 AM

Very nice work!

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#2 posted 10-25-2015 01:52 AM

Nice reuse and finished project. I think the pictures turnes out great and thanks for sharing the sketch-up trick.

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#3 posted 10-25-2015 02:40 AM


Nice wood combination for the design.

Did your filter work out?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 10-25-2015 03:30 AM

Thanks Doc. I sent you a message about the fan filter. All in all, I’m happy with it.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#5 posted 10-25-2015 04:24 AM

This design is awesome. I like your ideas on scatches. Wood colour contrast is great.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 10-25-2015 04:41 AM

I really like the wood combo and the design.

-- “Happiness? A good cigar, a good meal, and a good woman - or a bad woman; it depends on how much happiness you can handle.” ― George Burns

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#7 posted 10-25-2015 01:21 PM

Very nice design, craftsmanship and I love your wood selections.

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#8 posted 10-25-2015 10:44 PM

Amazing job and great design.

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#9 posted 10-26-2015 12:14 AM

I like the design and the end product. Very nice.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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