|Project by CaptainSkully||posted 01-28-2010 07:26 PM||1613 views||3 times favorited||9 comments|
The other day, I popped into the woodworking store and on the clearance shelf was a bunch of half-hour and hour glasses. On an impulse, I grabbed one and gingerly brought it home. As a sailor, I’ve always been intrigued by old-school timekeeping devices (a mechanical tall case clock is on my to-do list). A design just kind of appeared to me out of the nether regions of my rum-soaked brain.
It’s made basically from scrap. I wanted a simple design that would go with our Arts & Crafts decor, but something jazzy enough that I wouldn’t feel ashamed of the end product. I even experimented with decorative spindles. In the end, I settled on plain ones and embellished the ends. Loving latin and always on the lookout for boat/dinghy name combinations, I engraved “Tempus Fugit” (time flies), and “Carpe Diem” (seize the day) into the ends. I think they’re appropriate for an hour glass. I used one of my favorite pirate fonts, “Windlass”. I think it came out pretty well. I timed it once, and it came out to 58.5 minutes. I figure I’ll use it to simmer rice.
I was pretty concerned about assembly because it’s so fragile. I envisioned broken glass and sand all over the garage floor. Luckily, I was able to tap it together and make the ends parallel with just a touch of wiggle room on the glass. Whew!
My girlfriend liked it well enough to suggest “we” makes some for gifts. Custom engraving is easy, so these may be good filler projects while waiting for glue or finish to dry.
-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails