Walnut Clock

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Project by tyskkvinna posted 05-11-2010 05:32 PM 2204 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was fun! I’ve been wanting to make clocks for some time and have attempted a couple of them – but sometimes mathematics and I don’t get along and things fail at awkward moments.

For whatever reason yesterday I decided to “just do it” and to motivate myself MORE about it, I did the decorative part and finishing before cutting the fitting for the clock! Maybe I work best under stress. Hah.

It’s about 8.5” square, and .78” thick. Started out as 4/4 but there was a bit of a chunk missing so I just planed it until you couldn’t notice. A little nerve-wracking since the clock fitting piece is .612” but the wood seems sturdy in the centre and it isn’t like this is a piece that is going to see a lot of abuse/weight/etc.

I had a little bit of a blow-out when I drilled out the hole in the centre which caused me to freak out slightly but then in the clock assembly I realised the little gasket type pieces covered it up. Awesomesauce.

On the wood, I filled it all in with black enamel and then sanded it off. (After I engraved it) I REALLY love how this looks and it may convince me to bust out more of my walnut and actually make things with it. (I’ve been kind of hoarding it, waiting for when I feel I’m “good enough” to do things with it)

Originally I coated with a semi-gloss but decided that looked awful so I sanded it again with 220 and put satin on it. Much better! Couple more coats of satin/sanding and you can’t feel the grain to the touch.

Had considered doing something to the corners/edges but ultimately decided I like it simple. The edges are also painted with the black enamel.

No customer in mind yet – I just made it to make it and we’ll see if somebody buys it. I’m going to try my hand at making some more, out of some light woods. I think a couple of watercolour clocks could be pretty great.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#1 posted 05-11-2010 05:35 PM

It looks awesome.It did make you sweat but the end result is too rewarding!

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#2 posted 05-11-2010 05:44 PM

Nice. This must have taken a lot of work to carve out. I like your painting/sanding technique. Neat the way it brings out the grain. I’ll have to keep that in mind.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#3 posted 05-11-2010 06:02 PM

That’s one of the awsomest clocks I’ve seen in my short and pathetic life. Nice work, how long did that take you?

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#4 posted 05-11-2010 07:24 PM

Great looking work, nice design and choice of wood, very tasteful. Did you work your design up on the computer, then transfer to the cnc machines software, not sure how any of that works, been thinking of getting a cnc machine myself, they can produce some wonderful engravings, Yours is one of them. It’s Mic

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#5 posted 05-11-2010 08:01 PM

Loved the pattern when I first saw it and now its a fully fledged timepiece like it even moreso.
The colour contrast is good and the brass hands suit it well.


-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#6 posted 05-11-2010 08:08 PM

Nice job and smart with the carving and enamel. I prefer satin over gloss most all the time. On something like this I’m sure you could probably get away with just using some linseed oil or Danish oil just to protect the wood and still bring out the richness of the walnut…........Just looked at the rest of your work, very smart indeed.

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#7 posted 05-11-2010 08:50 PM

Thanks all! Yes, I did it on the CNC machine.. took about 20 minutes to carve, maybe more I admit I wasn’t paying attention to it after it started to carve.

I’ve never used oil for finishing.. I’ve been kind of thinking about trying it but haven’t quite gotten there yet.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#8 posted 05-12-2010 12:16 AM

looks really cool Lis. I like the effect of the black enamel in the design.
it’s bigger than i thought it would be from the last picture you showed. looks nice on the wall.

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#9 posted 05-12-2010 01:45 AM

You turn out nice stuff with that CNC!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 05-12-2010 02:07 AM

WOW thats nice!! O my gosh I just saw your earth carving…..AWESOME!!

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#11 posted 05-12-2010 06:21 AM

Nice looking clock. I have about 500 BF of Walnut that I just milled. I have some boards that are 21 inchs wide. I have one slab 2 1/4 inch thick and 21 inchs wide. and one slab 3 1/2 inchs thick and 10 inchs wide. It will be a little while before I can use any of it. Walnut is not too hard to work with. I work in a CNC machine shop running mills and you can do some awesome things with them.


-- alaskan79, Michigan

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#12 posted 05-12-2010 12:20 PM

classic and innovative idea.. nicely done

-- when you lose, Don't lose lesson

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#13 posted 05-13-2010 12:23 AM

Okay…I need to splurge on a CNC machine:-) Very cool.

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#14 posted 05-15-2010 03:04 PM

Nice work you do for sure!!


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#15 posted 06-03-2010 09:32 AM

Nice project !

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