|Project by Woodfix||posted 10-15-2011 02:07 AM||1126 views||4 times favorited||13 comments|
I have been making this project for over a year, nearly two. It got interrupted by the necessity to make the clock for my sister’s wedding. A lesson, don’t stop a project. When I came back to it, storage of the parts had caused minor problems which all had to be repaired.
Now I know nothing is new under the sun. But the design of this is my own. The construction techniques were my teacher’s. It is hard to see in the photos, but the front rail has a curve in it and this curve is repeated on the front edge and back edge of the top.
The curved rail was made by laminating 3mm sections onto a form. The front to back rails are joined using 3 small stub tenons per rail.
This is also the first project I have put my maker’s mark onto. The clock should have had it, but I just forgot. If you’re wondering about the relevance, my initials are BDI (say it quick) (Bead E Eye) hence the eye. The eleven is the year.
I am so happy with it I am planning another but some small changes. On the next version the front curved rail will be thicker. This will be done by laminating all the layers except one, then cutting the tenons as through tenons, then adding the final layer to the front. I think this will simplify the cutting of the stub tenons which was very fiddly because they needed to be cut just short of the front face. Also this will give more support to the two front legs as the rail will be thicker.
Another thing I might do is make the front to back rails from a light coloured timber like Rock Maple to provide contrast in the gaps.
Oh the timber is American Walnut. Lovely colours and easy to work with (maybe too easy).
Hope you all like it.
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