|Project by Spuds||posted 03-17-2010 03:59 AM||1624 views||6 times favorited||8 comments|
I found the plans for this desk clock it wood magazine last year, although the wood choices are different and This clock was done with a lace wood veneer face and back. Actually that’s two pieces of veneer joined down the middle as I did not have a piece wide enough to cover the face with a single piece. A note on the lacewood veneer, its wicked brittle, much more difficult to work with then other veneers I’ve used. So lots of sharp blades and always taped and backed up when doing any cuts.
The top and bottom are Birds-eye Maple, a lighter Birds-eye to give interest but not compete with the lacewood. The sides and arch base of the clock are done in Wenge to complement the clock face. Wenge has a very short straight grain that likes to tear out at the edges so you need to take precautions to prevent that. Also after working with it I found that the dust produced when cutting or sanding Wenge can cause dermatitis similar to the effects of poison ivy which explains why I itched the next day !
The finish is a blond shellac knocked down with 0000 steel wool between coats.