Turned Clock

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Project by Trackman posted 10-16-2011 07:07 PM 1445 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I used some scraps of quartersawn white oak to make this clock. I purchased the clock mechanism from Woodcraft some time back.
After turning the clock part I flattened the base of it at the disc sander so it would sit flat. I used a scrap of my oak for the base and routered a profile on it. The clock is secured to the base with a couple of dowls to keep it square and at the proper angle of tilt.
The toughest part of the whole project was getting the oak to take a black stain. I spent the biggest part of the summer messing around with different types of dyes and stains, but couldn’t get the oak to come out black. I could get the oak to turn real dark brown, but not black. I even tried the vinegar and steel wool method, but it still turned out dark brown. I was in the Rockler store in Beaverton, Oregon and the owner suggested that I try General Finishes, water based black stain. This did a terrific job making the oak a jet black. After I got the color right, I just finished it with a wipe-on Min-Wax semi-gloss poly.
The woodworking part of the project was easily completed in a couple of hours, but after many failed staining experments it took me alot longer.

-- Trackman, Washington

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#1 posted 10-16-2011 07:30 PM

Very nice. Simple yet elegant.

-- "certified sawdust maker"

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#2 posted 10-20-2011 01:57 AM

Very nice design. Like It. Persistence paid off.

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