Christmas gifts for 2010 - all from scrap

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Project by NewPickeringWdWrkr posted 11-10-2010 04:44 PM 1527 views 2 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I had thought about TWW's previous articles about being either a creator, a copier or a modifier. Being a new woodworker, I believe that many of us start out as copiers. That is we make things that we can measure ourselves against. I’m definitely in that zone right now, but wanted to stretch myself and make 1 project where I didn’t copy or emulate from anyone, but rather came up with my own design. I decided to do it with this clock. I don’t have enough skill to design a piece of furniture. Yet. One day maybe, but I’m digressing. The main factor in this decision was a suggestion that I make a desk or mantle clock as a Christmas gift.

After puttering for a while with a sketch pad for a number of different shapes, I came up with the design. It wasn’t really much to speak of, but when I got to the wood selection, I found a perfect scrap of walnut that when I held it in a certain orientation, it looked like a sunset where the sun had fallen below the horizon but the sky was still lit up with a myriad of bands of colour reflecting off of cirrus type clouds, darkening the further up overhead you looked. I then decided that the base should be made from cherry to reflect the idea of a copper glow of sand from the orange sunset.

I came up with the Desert Clock. I finished it with several coats of 1 lb cut shellac (garnet) and rubbing it out with brown paper after the final coat. The clock face was ordered from Bear Woods Supply where the prices are a little more attractive than LV for clock parts.

I also made a 5 picture frames from some scrap cherry boards. 2 were finished with poly (they turned out a little darker) and the others with blonde shellac. All I need to do is add the glass and add the hanging hardware

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#1 posted 11-11-2010 02:57 AM

I looked at your previous work and you can design. Your clock proved it. Nice job on the frames.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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