First Project, Dancing Jig Clock

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Project by Jesse posted 07-26-2010 05:17 AM 1849 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone, this is my first dive into the field of woodworking! My father has been doing woodworking and craftsmanship for decades and I decided it’s time for me to take my first steps. What better inspiration then building something for my beautiful daughter?! I’ve seen this same clock pattern already posted on Lumberjocks and it gave me inspiration to keep working on mine. ( Thanks OttoH)

This one is made of 1×12 Fir and finished with a red stain and two poly coats.

My clock is riddled with mistakes but I learned a lot while working on it.

This was my first time using a band saw, first time using a router, and my first time grumping about how much sanding I was doing. Since completing this one a few days ago, I started to work on a second clock of this same pattern. So far, I’m much happier with this one:( Nothing replaces good ol’ fashion patience and dedication to completing the steps as prescribed. For the second clock I am laminated a slice of Poplar between sheets of Fir for an attractive stripe through the middle of the project. Turns out the end grain of the poplar doesn’t stain very nicely and it boldly emphasizes each and every saw mark that remained after sanding:(

Oh well, I will finish it anyway…maybe the salvation army will still want it when I’m done lol.

Oh: For those interested: is the pattern OttoH’s clock:

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#1 posted 07-26-2010 10:15 AM


-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 07-26-2010 02:33 PM

Good morning Jesse,

Congratulations on just jumping in. I think the clock looks great. My first project(s) looked like a dog’s breakfast and no amount of sanding could have fixed it!! Welcome to the wonderful world of sawdust. Glad to have you in the group. Some of the projects you will see on LB are astounding. I have been doing this stuff for a long time and I still see stuff EVERYDAY on this site that blows me away. It is inspirational and humbling at the same time.

Building things for family and friends is such fun. Your first project will be treasured, I promise.

Take care

-- TulsaWoodSmith, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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#3 posted 07-26-2010 02:41 PM

Very well done on your first project. You totally smoked my first project (a sad bird house….lol)

Congrats and welcome to Lumber Jocks!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 07-26-2010 03:20 PM

this was a more than simple thing for a 1st timer to make. you have a right to be looks great just think of how far you will go in a few years?

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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#5 posted 07-26-2010 04:33 PM

Great Project!

Nothing to be ashamed of here! I love it!


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

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#6 posted 07-26-2010 07:14 PM

Great job on your first project.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#7 posted 07-27-2010 02:16 AM

I have the plans and a grandchild but no time at the moment. As i remember there was more to this project than it looks, lots of curves, circles, and so on. Not an easy first project and a lot of good skill building going on. What next?

-- Stephen NYS

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#8 posted 07-27-2010 11:27 PM

Thank you everyone for the welcoming and the compliments! Having a community to support and critique only motivates me more to stay the course.

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