|Project by CedarFreakCarl||posted 12-10-2007 03:06 AM||2749 views||6 times favorited||16 comments|
As I was going in Woodzone one day, I noticed a bunch of clock works in the bargain pile. They weren’t but $4.50, so I picked one up figuring I’d make a clock one day soon. A couple of days later, while sitting in my shop looking at some heart pine scraps and wondering if I should put them in the wood stove or not, the idea came to me to make a clock out of some of this stuff for a Christmas gift. So…. I took a 2×6, put it on the drill press and used a circle cutter to hollow out a hole for the clock works. I then chiseled out the waste, put it on the band saw and cut it to shape and then sanded to the line with the oscillating spindle sander. Then I took a 3/8” roundover bit and rounded off the edges. Then I cut the pieces for the base and rounded them off too. I sanded all the parts to 220 grit and glued them together. A couple coats of tung oil finish and a couple more coats of poly and voila…..a clock. All this only took about 2 hours. So this weekend, I banged out 5 more. These probably only took 8 or so hours to complete to the first coat of tung oil.
What I figured to do was to give two of my cousins and my brother each one along with a fork from my great grandmother’s silverware. (That’s all that remains, 4 forks!) These are solid silver not sterling, a real rarity today. Also in the package, I’m going to put some old family pictures that I know they don’t have copies of. The clocks are made from old growth heart pine from my great grandad’s store (their great grandad too) and hopefully it’ll be something to be treasured.
These clocks really are easy to make and can be made with most any scraps laying around thy shop. Walnut burl…....ponder the possibilities.
-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC