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Clock and Pencil Holder (Wood Whisperer Designs)

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Here are a couple projects I made that were obviously inspired by the Wood Whisperer website. Along with the cutting board I also posted this morning, I think it’s pretty clear that I bought a length of maple and a length of purpleheart and have been using that for projects before allowing myself to spend any more money on lumber.

I used a stain+poly finish for the clock and a clear lacquer for the pencil holder. The pencil holder has been sitting in the shop for a month or two, so it’s a little dusty. The clock was finished last night, though a light sanding and maybe another coat may be in order.

I’m not 100% happy with my miters on the clock, but they aren’t bad for my admittedly beginner skill level. I just cut them on a plastic miter box, so I’m not sure if I drifted a little there and screwed them up or if I didn’t get things right during the glue up. The miters on the pencil holder were done on my jointer. I had just gotten it and wanted to see how well it worked for doing longer mitered edges. I had a fair amount of blowout at the end of the pieces, so it was a slightly failed experiment.

These projects are really just my first baby steps though and will be used around the house by me and the wife, so any little mistakes are good learning moments for future projects. Plus I enjoyed doing it, so that counts for something!





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GMman

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#1 posted 06-07-2010 03:35 PM

You did fine on both projecs, I made a few clocks too I like making clocks they make nice gifts.

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#2 posted 06-07-2010 05:09 PM

Looks good to me Steve. Each project we do we learn what works and what doesn’t.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#3 posted 06-07-2010 05:53 PM

Steve,

Gluing up the miter corners can be a challenge. Look at the link below for an easy shop built clamp. I made one and it works super. Original link came from comment by Dick & Barb Cain.

http://www.woodzone.com/tips/frame_jig.htm

Steve.

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Steve

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#4 posted 06-07-2010 06:42 PM

Thanks for the link Steve! I already have the materials and that looks like a great method of gluing up projects like this in the future.

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#5 posted 06-07-2010 07:28 PM

Nice job on your projects.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#6 posted 06-07-2010 07:33 PM

Marc would be proud.

-- thatwoodworkingguy.com ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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#7 posted 06-08-2010 01:25 PM

Nice, thx for the info.

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

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