Another Time Bomb Clock

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Project by DynaBlue posted 10-04-2009 02:06 AM 4182 views 27 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While I have built numerous things from published plans, I constantly see projects, especially on this site, that cause me a moment of ‘I wish I’d thought of that’ but normally I don’t go all Xerox about it. This clock was an exception as a good friend, a Navy SEAL, is turning 40 and his sense of humor runs to the quirky side, making this a perfect-choice project.

I started building the clock last week but stopped after getting the basics done since I had a pang of conscience regarding copying someone else’s idea. I pm’d VillageWood to make certain he wouldn’t have objections (he didn’t) and commenced to rapidly finishing. My addition to the clock was to add ‘electrical tape’ strips to hold the dynamite bundle together. They consist of thin strips of ash (I just finished building Bob Lang’s 21st century workbench and have lots of little ash pieces about my shop) that I hot water soaked, wrapped around the bundles to dry and then dyed with Behlen jet black. The base is maple dyed with General Finishes metalized dye. The clock proper is ash. Everything except the dynamite was wiped with a couple coats of satin poly and there you have it. I was going to add a small aluminum rod “blasting cap” to the wire end of the sticks but figured that could be an upgrade for someone else.

Thanks again VillageWood!

-- Mistake? No, that's just an unexpected design opportunity....

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#1 posted 10-04-2009 02:15 AM

Seals and Quirky like peanut butter and jelly, can’t have one without the other.

I wish I had one for my desk at work. I wonder if it would get me fired?

Real nice job!


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#2 posted 10-04-2009 04:44 AM

Great looking! Bet this was lots of fun making!

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#3 posted 10-04-2009 04:48 AM

Every time I see this clock it just “Blows me away”!

-- John @

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#4 posted 10-04-2009 05:46 AM

Well done… hope it makes it through airport or postal security!

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#5 posted 10-04-2009 06:15 AM

Homeland security is missing the boat on this site:-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 10-04-2009 03:37 PM

Great idea…I bet it gets some attention

-- Ray,Iowa

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#7 posted 10-05-2009 02:42 AM

I LOVE it!! I’m going to make one. Your idea of doing the tape out of ash is wonderful. Now I want to find a way to make the wire out of wood. Maybe some thin dowel that is steamed or boiled.

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#8 posted 10-05-2009 02:53 AM

I dare ya to take this one on an airplane flight! :)

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#9 posted 01-29-2010 11:09 PM

tick tick tick tick…. nice project… tick tick tick… boom, not so nice anymore… lol
very funny project… just don’t try and ship it anywhere… lol

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#10 posted 03-06-2010 07:31 PM

I want to make one with a twenty-four hour clock for my nephew who is in the Navy. Mailing it to him could be a problem though. Good job!

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