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Project by jack1 posted 02-28-2011 01:03 AM 1590 views 11 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m going to New Orleans the 10th of March, (not crazy about crowds so it’s after Mardi Gras), to hang out with best friends from “way back when” for a few days. We all grew up in New Bedford, MA but have scattered. I’m in Herald, California, Dave is in New Orleans, LA, Bob lives in Newport, New Hampshire and Tom stayed the closest to home in Fairhaven, MA. (We started doing this two years ago because we hadn’t see each other for 42 years figuring we couldn’t wait another 42)!

Since we’re all officially retired and just mostly wander around all day, I thought we should have an appropriate timepiece. I made 4 matching clocks with one hand that shows the day of the week, and what part of the day it is, (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)! The dark gray is to remind us when we’re supposed to sleep and the white part is for staying awake, mostly, I guess… (Gotta do something to help us guys with “Old-Timers”). ;0)

The frames themselves are pieces of the darkest Poplar you’ve ever seen. It went from a dark green to almost a black walnut color. I used mitre joints for the frames with “TiteBond II” and pin nails. I stained them with “Min-Wax” ebony, used a spray poly and hand buffed with Johnson’s floor wax which is my usual way to finish pieces. There is glass plate fixed to rabbets and the face of the clock is mounted on red luan which is also mounted on deeper rabbets further back from the glass.

The movement came from “Klockit” as did the face and hand.

Hope you like it!


Jack

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!





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jeepturner

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#1 posted 02-28-2011 01:46 AM

Very nice, I am sure they will all enjoy the gift.

-- Mel,

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 02-28-2011 02:07 AM

Jack,

Does the clock movement make a 360* move in 7 days or 24 hrs?

Looks COOL!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#3 posted 02-28-2011 02:18 AM

This one sure made me smile… :))) Nicely done, and a great gift for someone with a sense of humour.

Joe Lyddon—this movement actually switches between 24h and 7-day modes, so it’s a matter of choice (and using an appropriate face).

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 02-28-2011 02:36 AM

Froggy, thank you!

I guess I’m behind the curve… had no idea they did that!

I really NEED a clock like that!
Right now, the only way I know what day it is:
1. By my computer…
2. My Pill box which has a flap for each day!

I will have to think about this one! :)

Thanks again!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#5 posted 02-28-2011 02:38 AM

This is just what I need.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 02-28-2011 03:21 AM

way cool jack

good way to keep track

wonderful gift
for great friends

enjoy the reunion

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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donjoe

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#7 posted 02-28-2011 04:05 AM

Great job on the clocks Jack and congrats on getting to spend time with old friends one more time.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#8 posted 02-28-2011 03:55 PM

I waaannnt one!! I just need a slight change, It has to say wether I’m coming or going!

-- BobG, Lowell, Arkansas--------My goal in life is to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am! Make more saw dust!!

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#9 posted 02-28-2011 04:16 PM

I love it. Most all of us retired people have a problem knowing what day it is. I need one of those.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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Bluepine38

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#10 posted 02-28-2011 05:49 PM

Great looking clocks, and a wonderful idea. I also am one of the many that can not afford alzheimers, not
even sure I can spell it correctly, so I have to settle for Oldtimers disease. I will have to make my version
of this, if I can remember to order the parts. Hope you enjoy your reuniion and get the chance to have
many more.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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BTKS

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#11 posted 02-28-2011 11:13 PM

Cool project. I’m certain these will be prominently displayed in each buddies home.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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jack1

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#12 posted 03-01-2011 12:45 AM

Thanks guys. By the way Bob, it doesn’t matter if we’re coming or going. WE’RE RETIRED! ;0)

I just mailed them off today and just to be helpful, set the clocks to the time zone my buddys live in, in case they, ya know, aren’t sure… ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#13 posted 03-01-2011 12:59 AM

Jack,

Are you sure you mailed the correct clocks to the right person?

Ya’know… didn’t accidentally mix it up the wrong way with all those boxes all over the place… Ya real SURE? :)

I know that you’re really thinking about it…
... cause when our brains get fully re-tired, we have to rest up so we can re-tire again! :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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jack1

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#14 posted 03-01-2011 01:18 AM

To tell you the truth Joe, I went to a UPS store and gave them a list of address I copied off the computer and had them do it… ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#15 posted 03-01-2011 05:42 PM

Jack1 I’ll answer just as soon as I get off the floor! ROTFLMAO!!

-- BobG, Lowell, Arkansas--------My goal in life is to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am! Make more saw dust!!

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