Dancing Clock out of pine

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Project by OttoH posted 07-08-2010 02:08 AM 4126 views 7 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is yet another Dancing Clock from the Wood Magazine pattern by Paul Meisel. I made this one for a fund raiser for an employee that has been off work for the past eight months due to lung cancer. It will go into a silent auction this Friday the 9th of July.

This one is made out of crafters pine, it has two coats of a Pecan stain and two coats of a semi-gloss polyurethane. As with every project I learned a bit more about the right way to do things instead of the Otto way. If I were to do it again I would definitely invest in a circle cutter for the face cutout, and I would cut the arms attached to the middle body piece instead of trying to shape them to fit and gluing them on afterwards. I will probably make a couple more of these for Christmas presents this year, and will put what I learned to use then.

For the most part I am happy with my first attempt at this clock, like all of us that woodwork I know where the “unique features” are in every piece I do and they glare at me even when they are not noticeable to others.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#1 posted 07-08-2010 02:14 AM

Man that is alright!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#2 posted 07-08-2010 02:25 AM

I like it!!

When I made mine, I made the back all in one piece. Couldn’t see a good reason for having to fit two separate pieces together.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 07-08-2010 03:06 AM

A great looking clock Otto – Sure to make the recipient really happy not to mention the good cause. Well done! Don’t feel bad about the “unique features”! They’re invisible to the rest of us. I like the pecan stain!

-- -- Mike

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#4 posted 07-08-2010 03:30 AM

Nice clock Otto. I have posted two of them on Lumberjocks and nice to see others like this project. The second one I made was the girl model. I mad it for my grandaughter.
That was especially nice of you to make it for such a worthy cause.
I know it will generate a lot of support for your friend.
Once again nice work.

-- Carl R Mesaros

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#5 posted 07-08-2010 04:01 AM

Great looking clock what issue of wood was it in . I hope it brings a worthy price.

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#6 posted 07-08-2010 04:27 AM

Boogie oogie oogie! Fun project!

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

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#7 posted 07-08-2010 04:41 AM

Well, that’s just cooler than whale crap!!! What a neat gift that would be to give someone or, as in your case, to donate to a charity event. Please post the issue number of the Wood magazine that carried that project – would love to make one or more myself – it looks like a fun project.

Thanks for posting.


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#8 posted 07-08-2010 07:15 AM

Looks great, hope it brings a ton of money for him!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 07-08-2010 08:09 AM

Very nice, Otto!

great design and craftsmanship. And we all learn from each piece we build.

-- vicrider

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#10 posted 07-08-2010 10:32 AM

There she was just walking down the street…

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#11 posted 07-08-2010 11:03 AM

Thanks for all your wonderful comments, this clock is in the July 2010 issue of Wood #198. I’m going to keep my fingers, toes, and nose hairs crossed for the auction that it makes some money for him.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#12 posted 07-08-2010 06:44 PM

very nice project and looks great hope it brings lots of money for him

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#13 posted 07-15-2010 12:47 AM

This is a really cool project. Great job!

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#14 posted 07-27-2010 11:36 PM

Nice Job OttoH! I used your clock as inspiration to keep working on mine! This clock was my first attempt at woodworking…it proved more challenging then it looked.

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#15 posted 08-06-2010 07:25 AM

Fun piece OttoH!

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