Clock in the Oval

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Project by Festus56 posted 04-12-2017 04:36 AM 996 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my latest projects. A gift from one of my nieces to another. Request was a clock with their brands and the family initial. Was up to me to design it. Had some small pieces of ash that was headed to the fire if they did not find a home. Glued up enough pieces to get the size and then the fun started. Was going to be a rectangle but I did not have enough good pieces so it became an oval. It is 24” long, 14” high and 1 1/2” thick.

Burned the clock face, brands and initial with the laser. Wanted the brands deep to look like they were actually branded in the wood. Added the back pieces to make room for the clock movement and some depth compared to most clocks I found on the internet. Inlayed 3/8” walnut strip around the outside for a little extra effect. Was planning on keyhole slots for hanging but had the cutoff piece laying on the bench and thought a french cleat on the round would be neat. Only about a 22deg. angle but it works well and allows for easy positioning to get it level. Finish is a light stain with several coats of semi gloss lacquer and a battery operated clock movement.

Thanks for looking and as always all comments, questions and opinions are welcome.

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#1 posted 04-12-2017 04:43 AM

I really like the whole design of this.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 04-12-2017 11:58 AM

Looks really nice Mark…. It may be awhile before I’m ready to burn that Maple lid…. I’m off onto another project….Bob

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#3 posted 04-12-2017 11:59 AM

Mark, this is very nice.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#4 posted 04-12-2017 12:23 PM

Beautiful work, Mark. Really like that finish, too.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 04-12-2017 12:34 PM

Those scraps came together and made a beautiful clock.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#6 posted 04-12-2017 02:40 PM

Love all the knots in this piece, Mark! Lots of great details, the oval shape, the walnut, the stand off… Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 04-12-2017 04:05 PM

That’s a great looking piece. It’s got a lot of character for certain.

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#8 posted 04-12-2017 04:54 PM

I really do like this clock. It’s very creative.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 04-12-2017 05:34 PM

Kool klock, Mark. Very unique. It all looks good, and the finish is great, but I especially like the walnut rim banding. Nice touch, that.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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#10 posted 04-12-2017 05:43 PM

Just “Brandy”—good work too.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#11 posted 04-12-2017 06:07 PM


You did a bang up job on the clock….The niece that got it is gonna really like it….I know I do…I’d be proud to own one of your clocks…..Stellar job, bud…..You do really nice work…..I like good craftsmanship, and your’s is top of the line…..!!

-- " It's a rat race out there, and the rats are winning....!!"

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#12 posted 04-12-2017 06:10 PM

Thanks for the compliments. I usually shy away from wood with that many big knots but it wanted to be something. I am happy with the results as are the recipients.

No problem Bob just stop anytime you are ready.

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#13 posted 04-12-2017 08:56 PM

Great looking clock, Mark!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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