|Project by docholladay||posted 12-19-2010 06:51 AM||1263 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
A few weeks ago, I mentioned that my youngest son and I were working on a clock that he wanted to build for his mother to give her for Christmas. He wanted to use hand tools (almost only hand tools) to build it. I had some wood that I think is douglas fir that we built it with. I say I think it was doug fir. It is some wood that was used for shelving in my father-in-laws house that I salvaged when he moved recently. There were 6 1×8’s about 4 ft long. I thought they were stained, but when we cut one of the boards, I discovered that they were pretty dark all the way through. It is a soft wood and the grain and feel is definitely like doug fir, but as you will see from the pics, it is pretty dark. The construction if pretty simply. We cut the boards by hand then planed them square on a shooting board. The clock is actually a batter operated mechanism for which we simply built a housing. The joinery is nothing fancy. Simply butt joints with glue and finish nails. The finish is just 3 coats of BLO with some wax applied. The only thing that was not hand tools was cutting the opening for the clock itself. We did cut that on the band saw. My son is pretty proud of what he built and I think he should be. In the last pic (picture of my sons in their band uniforms) the blonde one on the right is the one that built this clock.
-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc