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The last carving I have completed

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Project by halfacre posted 11-09-2017 03:48 PM 475 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sure it had to be another clock. Its also the largest one I have built. 25” tall and my Dewalt is only a 20” er. Maple again and for the last 20 some years maple and ash are the only wood my tools have touched..
I learned right quick no pine of any kind is good for equipment that uses sandpaper. Pine gums up
sandpaper in a very few minutes creating way too much extra work of changing the paper on the
cylinders so I had to create a new style of sawing to cut out the outside of the clock…. a jig saw.
Before two weeks ago I owned 5 jig saws. All were over 45 years old and all ran. But sawing through
I” maple plus a 1/4” backer board any of the jig saws I tried only jumped up and down while trying to get them to saw….I finally broke down and ordered a factory reconditioned Bosch barrel grip jig saw.
I didn’t know equipment could be redesigned to work so smooth…but I guess 45 years is a long time for someone to invent something else.
Lots of things I did to this clock and will be glad to explain what I did to achieve the results. Oh, the last picture was the color I was wanting. It did not have the clear lacquer sprayed on yet.
I know the juices it the woods will change things sometimes more than others. By the time I had about 6 or 7 coats this is what I ended up with. I cut the dial out of 1/4” maple and had to make a round piece slightly larger than the dial for the
silver and black glitter I wanted to use to shine through the numbers. A little extra thinking but got it done.
The clock movements stem would take wood 5/16”thick and the next length of this brand of movement was 13/16” long so had to settle on the shorter one so I had to re-saw before continuing. The last thing I do is cut the hole through the body for the movement and do this on a Legacy Ornamental Mill which is pictured in the third picture…. A jig saw can do this just as quick. The hole is a little more quality looking done by the Legacy.
optical delusional wave.

Be glad to describe things more better but most of the time my thoughts comes in the form of an

-- halfacre, Breckenridge, Tx





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halfacre

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#1 posted 11-09-2017 03:52 PM

I forgot to mention in the original picture notice there are some pieces missing on each side close to the top. Here is where I get to play around with my thought
of how it might have looked when built.

-- halfacre, Breckenridge, Tx

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#2 posted 11-09-2017 05:02 PM

Pretty cool red colour you put on. Carving- unreal.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 11-09-2017 05:40 PM

Great work.

Every Bosch tool I have bought has pleased me; I can NOT say the same for any other brand, though.

Yes, I have had DeWalt, Milwaukee, Skill, H-F and many others too. I had said that about DeWalt before the 788 that just did not stand up and the 2 sanders that were not even 1/2 as good as the one fist DW I had. #1 had over 20 years of hard use too.

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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#4 posted 11-10-2017 12:54 AM

Just what I thought, you are an accomplished professional.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 11-10-2017 01:33 AM

bushmaster that is quite a fantastic compliment. I do not own any carving knives. Being on the down hill side of life my hands and knuckles will not let me hold the knives and do any pushing so about two years ago I decided to building one clock with the grinder so I finally found www.woodcarverssupply.com and ordered some great bits that have lasted almost two years and still look as good as the day I bought them. Less than two years is how long I have been carving with the dremel and I am very happy with my results. I have been woodworking since 1954, the year I graduated from high school…Over the years I have built lots and lots of things using flat wood but after I retired in 2000 I decided nothing flat anymore. I am not having to build things for the public anymore and having to please everyone was not part of my life anymore.. Now my woodworking is just to please me. I can work in my shop and not have to answer to anyone but my wife . She is the best part of my life by the way.
I have even got a hold of dremel and told them to get their act straight and start selling good bits for the ones they sell gives dremel a bad name…which most of their bits are high speed steel and go dull in a very quick period of time…I also told them they are missing the boat for I have never seen anyone do carving like I do with a dremel grinder…
you can see my other items I have posted such as the scroll saw jewelry boxes….Try to build one of those with a scroll saw then come get back on Lumberjocks and let me know what you think about a scroll sawn jewelry box.

-- halfacre, Breckenridge, Tx

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#6 posted 11-10-2017 02:41 PM

You did a nice job on this clock.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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#7 posted 11-13-2017 05:34 PM

How did you keep the side bits from breaking off when carving? I am doing a door knocker and since the wood grain runs up and down very little pressure causes the side pieces to snap and require gluing. On the next one I am going to run a board underneath with grain running left and right with the top piece running up and down, but it doesn’t look like you did that here.

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#8 posted 11-13-2017 06:45 PM

Are you using a soft wood. I don’t know if I am understanding your problem. What are you using to grind down the wood. I use a dremel with an 1/8” bit on hard wood

These bits are the ones I use almost all the time and grind away saw dust not chips of wood. Two bits on the outside are grooved carbide and the one in the middle is a kutzall brand. It is also carbide but is built like little arms sticking out. It has lasted all the clocks I have built in the last two years and still looks new. Now some of the real aggressive bits are way too aggressive and will make fox holes in the wood. I don’t use a bit that I can’t keep under control..

-- halfacre, Breckenridge, Tx

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#9 posted 11-13-2017 06:47 PM

Can you show a picture of your problem.

-- halfacre, Breckenridge, Tx

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#10 posted 11-13-2017 10:20 PM

I am using a combination of a rotary shaft carver and pfeil chisels. Most of the issues arise when using the chisels to hog out wood. It literally cracked through 1.5 inches of wood when trying to shave off 1/8. I know you are using mostly power, so I didn’t know if you had that issue or not.

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#11 posted 11-14-2017 12:41 AM

Just thinking, but it sounds like you are trying to take off too much at a time. I’ve always heard carving is a
slow process for if you take off too much you might screw up many days of work. 1/8” at a time sounds
like your problem.

-- halfacre, Breckenridge, Tx

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