Walnut Clock

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Project by 58j35bonanza posted 08-08-2011 07:11 PM 1806 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife (Sue) is always looking to find me wood on Craigslist, and she found this piece of walnut.

The ad read something like this. Walnut lumber, 40” x 10” x 3” drying for over 15 years. First $50.00 gets it.

Well, off we went to look at it. We found the place and the guy said, now the measurement doesn’t include the end that is messed up, just the good wood.
Well, let me tell you, the first thing that caught my eye was the messed up end, and if I could stabilize the bark from falling off, it would make a real nice clock and dustable for our mantle.

I offered the guy $40.00 and we went home with it. Now don’t get me wrong, I would have given him $50.00 for it, but ya always gotta ask that question.

Well, I cut the end off and Sue used a wood stabilizer that she brushed on. After a few days I went after it with my grinder. Then sanded thru the grits down to 400 and finished it with 5 coats of lacquer, and 3 coats of Johnson’s paste wax.

Sue said I should have taken a picture of it before I started working on it. I wish I would have. I’m also glad it didn’t end up in a fire pit.

-- Chuck

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#1 posted 08-08-2011 07:22 PM

I love things that are unusual and pleasant to look at and this one certainly qualifies to be in that dept! Great save!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 08-08-2011 07:31 PM

Craig’s List, heh? I’ll have to look closer! Very nice ! We’ve been looking for something like that for a coffee table and side tables.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#3 posted 08-08-2011 08:23 PM

Oh thats beautiful. And I am with you on the natural edges. I dont know why so many wood crafters do not like them. Im a big fan. They are unique. As is this clock. Thanks for sharing!

-- Visit my Etsy site to see my burl wood jewelry at

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#4 posted 08-08-2011 08:31 PM

Very unique and very nice.

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#5 posted 08-08-2011 08:51 PM

I think it’s awesome!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 08-08-2011 11:01 PM

Fantastic!. What lacquer did you use on in?. Would you mind explaining that process? Wipe on or brush on etc. Brand? Drying time etc?. Looks amazing!!

-- Josh, Mesa Arizona

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#7 posted 08-09-2011 02:54 AM

You know the piece is just wonderful, but even better it was something the two of you did together and to me this makes this clock timeless/priceless….thanks for sharing BC

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#8 posted 08-09-2011 04:40 AM

Beautiful piece. It looks to me like the right side is in a tug-of-war with the left.

I recently had a similar experience. I came across a guy who cut down a box elder ~5-6’ in diameter. I told him that I’d sure like to get some pieces, and he replied that it was all rotted in the middle. I can’t wait to turn what wasn’t in the middle!

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#9 posted 08-09-2011 05:00 AM

Man, what a way to ruin good firewood. But some how I really really love that you did


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#10 posted 08-09-2011 05:17 AM

Now that is one very different looking clock, great job, it looks “Ballsy” :)))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#11 posted 08-09-2011 04:15 PM

Gorgeous burl. One in a million. love the finish and the clock is well placed. Good job.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 08-10-2011 05:13 AM

Thank you for all your comments.

Trefrogdog, I used Deft gloss lacquer, right out of the spray can. It dries really fast and re-wets the surface of each new coat. I did sand between each coat with 400 grit, and used 000 steel wool before applying the wax. I started using Deft lacquer after reading one of Andy’s blogs. I really like it, seems to spray a finer and more uniform spray than what I was using before.

Transition, make sure you keep us posted on your project. I just went and made a deal on a 6’ box elder log tonight.
I don’t do any turning but hope to in the future. I plan on milling into lumber. And by the way (Congratulation’s).

Black cherry, thanks, Sue and I have been together for 27 years and will be married for 23 years on the 12th of this month. I definitely hit a home run when I met her. She still is my best friend.

Thanks again everyone.

-- Chuck

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