Beetle Kill Pine Clock x 2

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Project by RockyBlue posted 01-19-2012 05:50 AM 3089 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I snuck these 2 clocks in the mix while working on some bigger projects. They are the first of many to come. I am making them as gifts to all my family members who have helped me with logging over the last couple years.

The larger of the two is from our gold mine property near Apex Colorado at 10,500 ft. It is 193 years old and was fairly hard wood considering its only pine. My uncle found it already cut and knew I could do something with it. Now everytime I see it, I will think of the tough men that roamed the high Rockies in search of gold 190+years ago, Thankfull they spared this tree from thier cabin building days.Then I will think back on my childhood and the countless days I spent with my family prospecting for gold. The dials on both clocks are 10” Diameter.

The smaller one is from a short log I spied while elk hunting near Toponas Colo a few months ago. I noticed the blue stain went almost to the middle, something I don’t see too often. The yellow center looks like a duck head, or as my mother pointed out- Woody the Woodpecker. This one is a youngster at 79 years old. The hour and minute marks are burned into the face using a template I made.

I spent a few hours trying to figure out how to flatten these, being all endgrain. I decided to buy an old rotary planer for my radial arm saw and this worked just swell. I will now build a sled to clamp or screw these to while flattening them.

The miner’s cabin on new years day 2012. Home sweet home. I think a clock needs to end up here in july when we can make it back in.

What cabin would be complete without a loading dock?

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother.

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#1 posted 01-19-2012 06:03 AM

As usual, great stuff, great style! Everyone who gets one is going to love them. Now I’m jealous, not only of the clocks, but also the beautiful cabin. Been working on refinishing a clock my Dad made a long time ago using birdseye maple, so seeing yours keeps me going. Rotary planer for your radial arm saw? Got a photo of it?

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#2 posted 01-19-2012 06:10 AM

TZH—-Its similar to a Safe-T-planer, but more dangerous. You just tilt the motor and run it across the face of the clock or whatever endgrain.Hopefully my sled will tame it. Next time you come down to civilization, I have a bag of brass chips and some copper rods for you.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother.

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#3 posted 01-19-2012 06:44 AM

Cool clocks ,I like the beetle kill pine a lot.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 01-19-2012 08:47 AM

I’m really liking this beetle pine … everything you’re posting with it just has a look that attracts attention. The clocks just show off a unique wood. Especially with the aged log …

Great cabin too, I need a place like that!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#5 posted 01-19-2012 03:16 PM

Nice clocks… love them both.

#6 posted 01-19-2012 05:18 PM

Very cool design!!!


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#7 posted 01-19-2012 06:23 PM

Very beautiful. I have been thinking about something like that. My cousin owns a lake house it would go great with there decore. Thanks for shang. Great job..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#8 posted 01-19-2012 07:47 PM

Very nice. I like the clocks and the cabin.

I’m glad you let us know how you flattened your rounds because I was wondering how I was going to do that with some that I have had for awhile.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#9 posted 01-23-2012 03:48 AM

What brand name is your radial saw? I might have a planer you can use. It’s an older Sears model (never been used and I don’t have my radial anymore – that’s why I asked in the first place). Will try to coordinate a time when I’m down there. I appreciate the brass and rods. Thanks.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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