Mini Mission Clock

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Project by TomFran posted 12-24-2007 05:46 AM 3663 views 4 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A small desk clock made from quarter sawn oak. It contains a Seiko time piece. I made this for my next door neighbor for a Christmas gift. It is stained with anitique chestnut and finished with (3) coats of hand-rubbed lacquer.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#1 posted 12-24-2007 06:07 AM

Beautiful job Tom. I did not realize how small it was until I got to the third picture.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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#2 posted 12-24-2007 06:18 AM

Neat, what is your source for the mechanism?

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#3 posted 12-24-2007 06:19 AM

Nice work Tom. Very well done.

where did you find the clock insert ?

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 12-24-2007 07:01 AM


What a nice clock and made with one of my favorite woods… Very wonderful work.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#5 posted 12-24-2007 02:01 PM

wow ! very nice tom , the works dont look a lot bigger than the quarter ! is this an illusion ? happy holidays

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#6 posted 12-24-2007 02:49 PM

Very simple and stylish…Really nice Tom

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#7 posted 12-24-2007 03:01 PM

Thanks a lot for the gracious comments!

I got the Seiko clock insert at Klockit. They are very accurate and reliable.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#8 posted 12-24-2007 03:24 PM

thanks for the post and the link tom ,i see one in my near future

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#9 posted 12-24-2007 05:45 PM

Who says you need a lot of wood to make something pretty? Very attractive Tom. And very small.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#10 posted 12-24-2007 06:07 PM

Thanks Russel!

Yes, it is small, but if I double my dimensions, I can make the same clock with a larger clock insert, which is something I intend to do.

Working on miniature pieces is pretty exacting work. On this project, I learned how to plane down to 1/8” on my new planer. I also learned that it would be nice to make some zero tolerance saw inserts for my table saw and bandsaw.

With every project, there is something new to learn or do better on the next one.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#11 posted 12-24-2007 09:57 PM

Great work, Tom. Thanks for the 3rd photo, I didn’t realize how small it was.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#12 posted 12-24-2007 10:15 PM

Nice work, Tom. Can’t wait to see the larger version posted also.

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#13 posted 12-24-2007 10:56 PM

Very nicely done, Tom! I thought the clock was small, and the third picture confirmned that. I was about to ask about the simensions until the third pic.

I am sure the recipient will love it!

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#14 posted 12-24-2007 11:12 PM

Thanks Tom, GB, and Hawg! Yes, I had to throw that last picture in there to give y’all a perspective on size.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#15 posted 12-24-2007 11:21 PM

Nice. I like the small scale.

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