Octagonal Clocks

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Project by atceric posted 02-15-2010 07:43 PM 1686 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first attempt at “fine” woodworking. Design was my own inspiration. Made these mostly as retirement or Christmas gifts.

The metal clock faces and mechanisms are mostly from

The frames started out as 3/4” poplar. Ripped a 4” wide board, then glued to double it up to 1 1/2”. Jointed and planed. Router on the two outside edges (front and back). Dado blade to cut a rabbet along the back inside edge. This allows the back (holding the mechanism and face) to be inset. Another 1/8” blade width cut along the inside edge to hold the clear plastic. Miter cut to 22.5 degrees. Spline cuts come next. Then it’s time to assemble, sand, stain, and finish.

The dimensions on this project are flexible. It all depends on how big a clock face you are surrounding and how much space you want to border that face. The important thing is getting the angles right and cutting consistent, identical length pieces for the octagon. Of course, if you don’t want eight sides, you’d just have to figure the correct angle for the number of sides.

The clock back can be removed after assembly to allow for cleaning or adjusting the hands.

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#1 posted 02-15-2010 07:54 PM

Very nice. They came out great!

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#2 posted 02-15-2010 08:03 PM

Nice, I like the I’m retired ones.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#3 posted 02-15-2010 09:27 PM

Love clocks, way cool

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#4 posted 02-16-2010 07:44 AM

Nice work! I’m also going to start doing a few, and as coincidence would have it the “I’m Retired” one was my first choice. Lee Valley Tools (Canada) has a good selection of ALL the stuff needed for Clocks. I believe the “Retired” one comes with three different sets of hands. Includuing FISHING RODS, YEA! Let’s hear it for Fishing!!

The second choice is a “Barbers Clock”. The Face and Numbers are all Reversed, and it RUNS in Reverse! So you can sit in the Barbers Chair and still read the time in the Mirror. Bit of a pain though having to run down to the Barber Shop every time you want to know what time it is.

I’ll TRY and put their Link in here if anyone would like to have a look see they have Great Stuff. WOW! I think it worked!!


-- LIFE is what happens when you're planning on doing Other Things!

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#5 posted 02-16-2010 08:16 AM

Great group of clocks. Lots of perfect angles to get all these together.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#6 posted 02-26-2010 06:13 AM

Some great clock designs. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 02-26-2010 06:19 AM

Great Lookin Clocks

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#8 posted 02-26-2010 07:10 AM

Great bunch of clocks

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