Spalted Maple and Chechen Mantle Clock

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Project by generick posted 09-07-2016 04:59 AM 2037 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Art Deco style mantle clock. Made from spalted maple and chechen. The difficult part of assembly was keeping all lof the parts aligned while the glue dried. I cheated a bit by using a few 23 gauge brad nails on the sides. The clock is a brass and glass insert with a 3.5” cut out. The cutout was done with a forstner bit.

I sanded this to 600 grit, finished with Watco neutral to pop the grain and splating. Allowed to dry for a few weeks, coated with high gloss poly and buffed on a Beale buff.

-- Rick -- I never let my lack of talent get in the way of my creativity.

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#1 posted 09-07-2016 06:55 AM

Beautiful and unique design. I lie spalted wood look.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 09-07-2016 10:33 AM

The spalted maple looks awesome. Nice job.

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#3 posted 09-07-2016 02:36 PM

Perfect showcase for some spectacular wood, well done!

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#4 posted 09-07-2016 02:43 PM

awesome job. brad nails aren’t cheating, they’re extra fingers lol.
damn near perfect spalting on the end grain

-- Mike, Florida

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#5 posted 09-07-2016 04:13 PM

Nicely done, I like it.

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho

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#6 posted 09-07-2016 04:47 PM

Looks fantastic! I love the woods – I did a coffee table a few years ago that included both! I Love the style too!

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#7 posted 09-07-2016 06:50 PM

Rick, this turned out beautifully and it’s a very nice clock.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 09-07-2016 10:09 PM

That’s a great looking Art Deco clock! The whole clock looks great, and that spalted maple is amazing!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#9 posted 09-08-2016 03:28 PM


-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#10 posted 09-11-2016 06:06 PM

Thanks everyone for the positive comments. I bought the wood as an 8/4 quilted maple billet, as you can see on the back. The spalting didn’t show up until after I started milling it. It was a surprise to find that inside.

-- Rick -- I never let my lack of talent get in the way of my creativity.

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