From Scrap to Clock

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Project by Woodenwizard posted 1538 days ago 1750 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In some of my earlier posts I talked about getting some of the scrap trim used in a local bank. they were going to toss it out because it was left over scrap. I talked them into giving it to me. Well I finally used up the last of the Cherry. The fourth picture is what the trim looked like with the stain. After resawing, edge gluing and planing to 1/4 inch I had a enough 1/4 inch cherry to make this clock. The fith picture shows a couple of the boards ready for scrolling. I plan to give the clock to the Bank as a thank you for letting me have their trash. lol :)

Sorry about the lighting in the photos. I haven’t figured out my wifes camera yet. The first picture is the closest to the actual color. The clock was finished with tung oil and three coats of lacquer.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#1 posted 1538 days ago

Woodenwizard, you are definitely that – a wizard of wood! – who gets these prizes anyways?


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#2 posted 1538 days ago

Very nice clock. A work impeccable.
Great project.

-- lejeune,Qu├ębec

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#3 posted 1538 days ago

Woodenwizard, truly lovely work. It looks many hours do you have into this, after you had glued up your stock and actually started to make the clock?


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#4 posted 1538 days ago

Wow! That’s mighty impressive.

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#5 posted 1538 days ago

That is an amazing clock. You’re making me want to try some scroll work on my next project. It looks quite tedious, but well worth the effort for a product like that. Are the final cherry pieces in the scrolled sections solid stock, or several plies? If solid stock, is wood movement a problem on the thinner sections?

-- Allen, Colorado

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#6 posted 1538 days ago

Very Nice… Is that your own pattern design?

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#7 posted 1538 days ago

Thats real nice work I’d show you mine but it’s in pile on my shop floor.ha! Just kidding….......Schloemoe

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#8 posted 1537 days ago


That it a very nice clock, wonderful workmanship. That clock would look nice with a pendulum movement in it. I remember you telling me you were going to give the bank one of these. They will be great-full I am sure. Great work John.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#9 posted 1537 days ago

Thanks for all the kind comments.
bobasaurus – the clock is solid stock. I have made many of these types of clocks and have had very little problem with wood movement. I say very little. I did have some issues with one clock that the front cupped which created a problem with the clock face. In that particular clock I didn’t attach the front as secure as I should have and when it cupped it pulled away from the frame, if that makes sense.

Mathew – No this is not my own design. I got it from Wildwood Designs.

Hey Max – Yes this one is going to the bank. I will put a pendulum in the clock, just didn’t have it in when I took the photos. Also I noticed in the pictures that the photos look a little blochy. In person it doesn’t have that look. It must have been the photographer.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#10 posted 1537 days ago

Wow thats an amazing clock

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#11 posted 1537 days ago

Wow! all that fret saw work you must have the patience of Job incredible work.

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#12 posted 1537 days ago

Wizard,...The great and powerful OZ would be jealous. As a fellow scroller, I can tell you that your talent is first class!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#13 posted 1537 days ago

That’s too nice to give to a bank. Don’t they get enough? ;) Keep it for yourself

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#14 posted 1533 days ago

wow – what an awesome piece

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#15 posted 1531 days ago

Nice work Wizard. I’ve seen this pattern as well, but it’s always nice to see a completed one done by such a craftsman! Keep up the good work!

-- Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. --Lao Tzu

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