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Project by bobdurnell posted 05-21-2010 05:35 PM 1361 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have made small clocks for my retiring teacher friends for a long time now. I made the first set when eight people retired. That was, let me see, back in the 1990’s. Made a few since and the last ones must have been in 2005 because I kept one. I retired in 2006 and haven’t made any untill now. The clocks are basically the same design except for the wood and the size. The clock fitup needs a 2 3/8 hole and wood today is 5/4 walnut base and a 8/4 top made from quarter sawn white oak. The top comes off for recognition only and the date is stamped on the inside of the hole. I probably won’t tell the recipients about the branding. The finish is my old stand by Deft clear wood finish. I don’t know why I made clocks. That’s just what a retired person does not need to worry about, time.

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.





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#1 posted 05-21-2010 05:37 PM

Nice looking clocks Bob

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#2 posted 05-21-2010 08:23 PM

Those are nice presents Bob.
That finish is perfect for the project.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin. ~ Eugene F. Ware

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#3 posted 05-21-2010 10:51 PM

Great gift idea! Clocks can be useful just as long as there is no alarm.
I’m impressed with the finish. Where do you get it? Got a couple of projects that the finish could be used.
I’m retired and a good friend retired the end of February. We are busier now than when we were working. Grandkids, woodworking, fishing, loafing- you know, the important things in life.

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#4 posted 05-21-2010 11:10 PM

Awesome job,looks fantastic.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#5 posted 05-22-2010 01:21 AM

Wonderful job on all of them : ) I was expecting to see the typical rays {flecks} in the QSWO though….maybe it’s just the angle that they’re at …..Have a great retirement !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 05-22-2010 03:15 AM

Very nice clocks as well as great gifts for the retirees.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#7 posted 05-22-2010 03:30 AM

to Dusty56- Good observation. I took another look and I think the piece of oak was more a rift sawn than a good quarter sawn. thanks for the post. bob

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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#8 posted 05-22-2010 03:38 AM

to knothead62- Good question about the finish I used. Deft used to be a very common wood finish until the air quality people have forced most counties to drop the lacquer based products. I still see the lacquer in arosol spray cans but everything else is water based. I go out of my county to get it, 160 mile round trip, but I think it is worth it.

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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#9 posted 05-22-2010 04:00 AM

Yes , I was going to suggest “rift sawn” , but it can be one of those terms used both ways like Curly Maple and Tiger Maple are by some folks.
Either way , they are wonderful White Oak clocks and I really like the Black Walnut bases.
I saw a picture of some guys’ Oak flooring that used both QSWO and Rift Sawn together somewhere.
I’ll try to find it again : )

Found the link to it …
http://s167.photobucket.com/albums/u122/ccoombs_photos/?action=view&current=FLOOR1.jpg
I beleve you are correct with the Rift Sawn : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 05-22-2010 07:15 AM

What a great idea for your coworkers.

-- Norman

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#11 posted 07-24-2010 08:02 PM

Goog lookin cloks.It’s always good idea for birthaday or anyversary present.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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