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The "Crazy & Busy" Clocks

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Project by splintergroup posted 06-26-2017 02:25 PM 865 views 3 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It is called the “Busy” clock because the spousal unit said it looked “busy” when I showed it to her 8^)

I’ll post it on LJs, that’ll learn her!

Anyhow, these two clocks are the result of experimentation. I still have a half dozen or so clock motors from bulk purchases (I saved money right?) so I figured I should get working. I wanted to try a few techniques with veneers so I figured a clock face makes for a small enough “safe space” to play.

The “Busy” one

About 12” x 12” square, 1-1/2” deep. The outer box is Jatoba, finish is Watco oil.
For the face, I applied some Tamo (Japanese Ash) veneer and some strips of English curly sycamore to 1/4” plywood. I then created some shallow cuts with a single cutter from my box joint blade set (about 0.2” wide). This blade set makes perfectly flat and square cuts. Most amazing to me however is the lack of any chip out on the thin veneer.

The cuts were filled with strips of scrap purple heart sized to fit. For the hour marks, I went with some pyramid shaped plugs cut from Ipe. I wanted them dark so they would stand out, I think it worked 8^)

Wife said it looks a bit “Busy”, but she still likes it and it did keep me busy 8^)

The frame uses simple exposed finger joints, pinned with copper rivets.

The “Crazy” one

Not really “crazy”, maybe just a tad psychotic.

This clock uses Makore veneer over some 1/16” maple, on top of 1/4” plywood. I used the same saw blade to cut through the makore and into the maple to get the lines. Three angle setups on the miter gauge and some careful cut start marks on one corner made the process a snap (almost perfect).
I used my standard 3/8” copper slugs for hour marks.

The rest is identical to the other clock.

These should help fill my “cheaper” price gap at the gallery (at least attract the crazy and/or busy customers 8^)

As always, thanks for looking!





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#1 posted 06-26-2017 02:39 PM

Yep, Crazy and Busy, but I like them, I’m a little off kilter myself.

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#2 posted 06-26-2017 02:47 PM

A couple nice designs for the faces and frames !
When I looked at the first picture I thought that looks like brain waves as they change during the day from sleep to very creative . The second one looks to me like time captured in a net ,I wish sometimes we could do that .

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

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#3 posted 06-26-2017 02:52 PM


Yep, Crazy and Busy, but I like them, I m a little off kilter myself.

- papadan

Aren’t we all!


A couple nice designs for the faces and frames !
When I looked at the first picture I thought that looks like brain waves as they change during the day from sleep to very creative . The second one looks to me like time captured in a net ,I wish sometimes we could do that .

- kiefer

I’d just settle for knowing where I put my *&#@! tape measure 8^)

Thanks for the comments Kiefer!

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#4 posted 06-26-2017 02:55 PM

GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#5 posted 06-26-2017 02:59 PM

These are awesome!

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#6 posted 06-26-2017 03:35 PM

I like both of them! I especially like the joinery.

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#7 posted 06-26-2017 03:39 PM

Just too add to this mass cionfusion;

First I like them

Second Nothing wrong with a little Crazy—it causes innovations!

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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#8 posted 06-26-2017 03:41 PM

I like this a lot!

-- Thank God for sawdust... Ron. TX resident...

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#9 posted 06-26-2017 03:43 PM


Nothing wrong with a little Crazy—it causes innovations!
- ralbuck

Hah!

Maybe I should have also installed those clock motors that run in reverse =8^D

Thanks guys!

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#10 posted 06-26-2017 04:42 PM

These clocks are so beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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#11 posted 06-26-2017 06:18 PM

Really beautiful work!

-- 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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#12 posted 06-26-2017 08:58 PM

Hey, Splint, the craftsmanship is outstanding on both clocks. I prefer the Spirograph clock to the chaos clock, however, because it appeals to my sense of orderliness.

-- Art

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#13 posted 06-26-2017 10:49 PM

Great clocks!

Busy one has an Arts & Crafts style blended with a Southwestern influence Will probably sell quickly at a Gallery in New Mexico.

Crazy one has a Retro Mid-century Modern look that is all the rage in interior design these days. Should also sell quickly to someone who follows design trends (Or you could say it has a space-age/alien look. How close are you to Roswell? LOL)

Thanks for posting

-- Leafherder

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#14 posted 06-27-2017 12:47 AM

Very nice clock

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#15 posted 06-27-2017 07:59 AM

Great job, very nice

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

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