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Project by splintergroup posted 06-02-2017 02:30 PM 633 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Details:
Cherry with jatoba plugs. Approximately 14”x4”x9”. Danish oil finish with dark paste wax.

I’ve been wanting to build this for a while now and while perusing some older woodworking magazines, I found what I was looking for.
The Nov. 2010 issue of “Wood” magazine had plans for a version of this clock and I realized they were nearly identical to the style I wanted to build.

Typically when thinking about projects to build I’ll do a web search and build up a folder of ideas. I’ll usually end up building a combination of elements from the assortment. I had seen this style many times, even here in the LJ community.
In this case, I liked all the details of this clock.

I used the “Wood” plans as-is except I modified the top/bottom pieces and the lower rail.

I hadn’t realized that the clock opening in the plan was rectangular. Easy enough to correct for but next time I’ll probably address this.

The face

I went with the old standby, etched copper. I did a blog on this a while back so I won’t repeat the details on doing this.

One thing that “happened” differently is during the last step of the process, I got distracted and left the panel with the resist paint soaking in the lye solution. Normally I use a brush to sweep away the resist as it gets dissolved. This time the resist buckled up like old weathered paint and when I rinsed the panel off, the patina you see was left behind.
Kinda cool I thought!

The trees
For the lower panel, I used another copper etching since I did not want to spend $70+ on one of the traditional Motawi tiles.

A quick sort through the wives stash of stencils and I had what I wanted. Originally I had tried the design with a black background, but that just seemed too dark. What you see here is a translucent background on a white backer board.

The Patina is a simple vinegar-salt solution with sawdust and about 12 hours of time.

I feel the urge to make another!

Thanks for looking/commenting!





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ShaneA

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#1 posted 06-02-2017 02:32 PM

Looks great.

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ScottM

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#2 posted 06-02-2017 02:35 PM

Man, that is super nice. I like that style.

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kiefer

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#3 posted 06-02-2017 02:50 PM

That is a beautiful design and the great work on the copper etching adds a lot to the clock making it one of a kind .
Perfect wood, accent combination and finish .
Yes you should make more of these .

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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#4 posted 06-02-2017 04:17 PM



That is a beautiful design and the great work on the copper etching adds a lot to the clock making it one of a kind .
Perfect wood, accent combination and finish .
Yes you should make more of these .

Klaus
I have to agree 100%!

- kiefer


-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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#5 posted 06-02-2017 08:08 PM

This is really amazing, beautiful, well done!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#6 posted 06-02-2017 08:57 PM

Splint, very tasty, as always!

-- Art

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#7 posted 06-02-2017 10:27 PM

Great looking clock. The danish oil and paste wax is the perfect finish! Kudos!

-- You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven - Jimi Hendrix

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Roger

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#8 posted 06-03-2017 01:38 AM

Amazing clock. Luv the trees and all the little elements and extras. Super nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#9 posted 06-03-2017 04:55 AM

Beautiful work! Very nice design and execution of the details. One question, where did you get the numbers for the clock face? Are these something you made or purchased?

Thanks

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swifty3565

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#10 posted 06-03-2017 11:42 AM

Very nice clock. I love the face, I’m gonna check out your blog. Very interested in etching copper like that.

-- Mike, Michigan

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splintergroup

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#11 posted 06-03-2017 12:48 PM

Thanks for the kind words everyone, appreciate it!


Beautiful work! Very nice design and execution of the details. One question, where did you get the numbers for the clock face? Are these something you made or purchased?

Thanks

- WoodES

The numbers are etched into the copper. Basically there is copper foil attached to a sheet of black fiberglass. I apply a special paint (resist) to the copper then expose it to UV light through a standard transparency film with the design printed on it. The design can be anything. The lower panel is the same except the fiberglass is a translucent green.
Areas exposed to the UV light become impervious to acid, the rest washes away with (basically) soap. The panel is then dipped into an acid bath and any copper not protected by the resist is eaten away.

This can be done to a solid copper sheet as well, usually only etched deep enough so the numerals can hold paint.

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 06-03-2017 01:34 PM

This is a wonderful clock and I love all of the great details, beautiful wood, and very nice craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 06-03-2017 02:42 PM

Love the Arts and Crafts highlights and your copper etching takes it over the top, beautiful.

-- From popular rap:"If time is money, then I need a loan." Carlos B., http://www.hobbyworkshopprojects.com/

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WoodES

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#14 posted 06-04-2017 05:02 AM

Thanks for the information. The etching really adds a uniquely beautiful touch.

I’ll try that someday after a few other projects come off the bench.

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#15 posted 06-04-2017 09:03 PM

Great looking A&C clock—I really like the way the clock face turned out!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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