|Project by GodofBiscuits||posted 08-19-2010 02:30 AM||12230 views||32 times favorited||25 comments|
This is Solaris, a wooden gear clock designed by Clayton Boyer of Hawaii and built by myself. The gears are made of Baltic birch ply while the rest of the clock is constructed of Tiger maple. I used Bull’s eye Seal Coat Shellac with Transtint dye to pull out the figure in the wood. The maple I got had a faint tiger figure so I wanted to pull the figure out as much as possible. I then put on 7 coats of Arm-R-Seal sanding with 320 between coats. The finish was then knocked down with some 0000 steel wool to give it a beautiful satin finish. The gears are not finished so as to reduce friction between gears. I think my next clock, I will finish the gears to give them some protection and give the wood a warmer color but leave just the mating surfaces of the teeth without finish.
I entered Solaris in the Fine Art Woodworking competition at the OC Fair this last month and won second place in my division as well as two industry awards and second place in People’s Choice. I think it would have done better had she been judged hanging up and running as opposed to sitting on a table in pieces. I unfortunately was not able to hang it up myself so it wasn’t judged complete. I now know that next year I will have to devise some sort of stand or false wall that I can mount it to and have it show ready when I deliver it.
Plans for this clock and many other amazing clocks are available on Clayton Boyer’s web site at http://lisaboyer.com/Claytonsite/Claytonsite1.htm
I am currently working on three more of his clocks as well as a design on my own. Building this clock was a major challenge but an enjoyable challenge.
Here is a video of Solaris running for the first time.
Thank you for checking out my clock and feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I’m more than happy to infect the world with the wooden clock building disease. :o)
-- Are you going to use that piece of scrap?