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Project by splintergroup posted 11-30-2015 04:26 PM 1255 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These clocks are a smaller 8” version of the first one I made (10”).

These are a relatively easy project that requires only a minimal amount of materials. The frame wood is Russian Olive. My neighbor had a dead, still standing row of these between our two properties that was a real fire hazard, given my other neighbors penchant for burning his weeds. Most were in the 10”-12” diameter range, small, but all heartwood.
I had offered to cut these down and remove the waste. Russian Olive trees are quick growing and quick to die around here, basically an invasive species that is on the list with Salt Cedar to be removed from riparian areas.
For my sales pitch, Russian Olive is a “locally grown and harvested tree” (sounds much nicer!).
The wood takes on a fantastic caramel color with an oil finish, but man does this wood stink! Any cutting or sanding releases an odor most foul. I sectioned the trunks into 2’ pieces and re-sawed them on my bandsaw. After a year of drying, the wood is ready. RO works much like Cherry. It sands easily and cuts cleanly, although it tends to be a bit prone to chipping.

Back to the clocks.

The faces are segments of wood (Eastern Red Cedar and Walnut) with Aluminum pips, leftovers from my clock face project

The clock frame sides need slots to hold the top/bottom frame members and the glass + clock face. Alignment is critical to get a tight fit and allow the glass to slide in from below. Some careful design simplifies the slot cuts and hides the ends. The only stopped-cut slot is on the sides and this was done with a winged cutter bit on a router table

Router templates rule for making all the curves!

Assembly is with screws to allow for glass replacement if ever needed. 1/4” copper plugs conceal the screw heads.

Thanks of looking!





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LesB

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#1 posted 11-30-2015 05:40 PM

Very nice work.
Does that make time go twice as fast?

-- Les B, Oregon

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splintergroup

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#2 posted 11-30-2015 06:46 PM



Very nice work.
Does that make time go twice as fast?

- LesB

Heh!

No, but if you stare really hard you get this cool 3D effect!

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#3 posted 11-30-2015 07:11 PM

Realy beautiful design. I like those metal dots as numbers.You choosed realy nicely naturaly coloured wood.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 11-30-2015 09:02 PM

Love the segmented design of the faces. Nicely crafted.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#5 posted 11-30-2015 09:19 PM

This is a nice pair of clocks and I love the design.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 11-30-2015 09:41 PM

they BOTH look very nice !

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#7 posted 11-30-2015 09:57 PM

Thanks for the kind comments Guys!

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#8 posted 11-30-2015 10:24 PM

Splinter, great looking clocks with just a hint of southwestern flair. I really like the metal pips; they add a fourth dimension. ;)

-- Art

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#9 posted 11-30-2015 10:29 PM



Splinter, great looking clocks with just a hint of southwestern flair. I really like the metal pips; they add a fourth dimension. ;)

- AandCstyle

Easy there! You are going to make the movements slow down if they get too near the floor…..

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#10 posted 12-01-2015 12:54 AM

Great looking pair of clocks! I like the aluminum/wood comb!

-- Dean

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splintergroup

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#11 posted 12-01-2015 03:41 PM



Great looking pair of clocks! I like the aluminum/wood comb!

- Mean_Dean

Thanks, so do I 8^)

Actually, I usually use copper for the pips, but Dan’s pendulum clock made use of aluminum and I liked the contrast with darker woods.

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AandCstyle

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#12 posted 12-02-2015 11:21 PM


Splinter, great looking clocks with just a hint of southwestern flair. I really like the metal pips; they add a fourth dimension. ;)

- AandCstyle

Easy there! You are going to make the movements slow down if they get too near the floor…..

- splintergroup

haha! Congrats on the top 3.

-- Art

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