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Project by splintergroup posted 06-07-2017 02:41 PM 2015 views 11 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The basics

About 10” square by 1-1/2” thick. The center box is about 7-1/2” square.
Woods are (inside to outside) lacewood, purple heart, walnut, and white oak.
The hour marks are copper rod stubs with a patina from ammonia.
I ammonia fumed the outer white oak box in a 5-gallon bucket with “Ace” brand ammonia (10%).
I wanted dark so I left it overnight. The oak I selected did not disappoint! It looks a lot like wenge.
Watco oil finish.

How it came to be
My wife told me that I needed “simpler” pieces to sell at the Gallery/Gift Shop.
Made sense, All my lower priced stuff was selling well and not every one is after Arts & Crafts style doodads.

“I’ll make a simple, contemporary clock with the purple heart I’ve been hoarding lately.”

(yeah, right 8^)

So I complete the center section, mitered corners and maple splines (all epoxied joints to avoid the greasy nature of the PH)

It was ok, but lacked any “zing”. I began thinking about legs, etc. but then recalled the “Wood Whisperer” style clocks that occasionally show on LJs. I then added the outer box and walnut links.

The outer box has a bridal joint and is pinned with my stash of long copper rivets.

The walnut links are chamfered, so I did go A&C a bit 8^)

The oak is actually darker then the walnut.

I also decided to add some color to the copper hour marks

A drop of ammonia left a blue ring after it evaporated. Ammonia patina is very soft and delicate, I protected it with an overspray of poly.

I showed my creation to the spousal unit and she commented that it looks “retro”, hence the name of this posting.

I hope the purple heart stays the way it is or gets back to the color the source board had (verrrry purple).
Apparently PH will do whatever it wants over time, from turning purple to brown.

Experiments and other tests on this useful site show that there is basically no way to direct or control the outcome.

Anyway, thanks for looking!





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Mr M's Woodshop

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#1 posted 06-07-2017 03:01 PM

Gorgeous work. And this qualifies as “simple?”

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA, http://www.MowryJournal.com

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splintergroup

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#2 posted 06-07-2017 03:04 PM



Gorgeous work. And this qualifies as “simple?”

- Mr M s Woodshop


Thanks M! 8^)

Yeah, started off as being “simple” (just the center section), then my common sense got the better of me.
Maybe “simple” wrapped with embellishment?

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ScottM

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#3 posted 06-07-2017 03:14 PM

Very, very nice! Those copper rivets from the boxes just keep coming in handy…. :)

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#4 posted 06-07-2017 03:30 PM



Very, very nice! Those copper rivets from the boxes just keep coming in handy…. :)

- ScottM


Thanks Scott, I still haven’t touched my box of 1/4” rivets, those are the ones keeping me up at night 8^)

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#5 posted 06-07-2017 03:59 PM

Nice work. Mission or Green and Green style?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 06-07-2017 05:11 PM



Nice work. Mission or Green and Green style?

- WayneC

8^)

You tell me!

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#7 posted 06-07-2017 06:34 PM

This clock turned out nicely.

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

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#8 posted 06-07-2017 07:44 PM

That’s really nice. I like it!

-- 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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#9 posted 06-07-2017 08:41 PM

Hey, Splint, lately, every one of your projects gets a “Daily Top 3” and deservedly so. You are really on a roll; keep up the great work.

-- Art

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#10 posted 06-07-2017 08:47 PM

Thanks Charles, Jerry, and Art. I try!

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#11 posted 06-07-2017 09:16 PM

I like it….........well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#12 posted 06-08-2017 07:57 AM

Well done should sell quickly!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 06-08-2017 02:14 PM

That is some beautiful work.

-- Glen

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#14 posted 06-08-2017 05:08 PM

Very pretty TICK-TOCK!

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

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#15 posted 06-09-2017 06:11 AM

That is a good looking clock. I would own it.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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