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Project by Luke posted 896 days ago 2171 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a slice of Black Walnut that a customer brought to me to make a clock with. I hand planed the top to smooth and routed a cavity in the back for the works. I burned the numbers into the face.

Thanks for looking

-- LAS, http://www.abettersign.com





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yooper

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#1 posted 896 days ago

I like this clock a lot! What type of finish do you put on it to stop the crack from spreading? Actually, how do you finish the bark?

-- Jeff, CT - better late then never

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#2 posted 896 days ago

Really cool, like the idea

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#3 posted 896 days ago

That’s one really a unique clock.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Luke

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#4 posted 896 days ago

It’s finished with a wipe on poly. 6 coats semi gloss. I only hope that the crack is done spreading. That one crack relieved a lot of stress I think. I put the poly on everything including the bark. I used thick CA glue to reinforce the edges of the bark so it would stay on.

-- LAS, http://www.abettersign.com

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richgreer

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#5 posted 895 days ago

That is a great idea. For me, it answers the question of what should I do with a few slices of a tree I have (with cracks).

I’m curious about your semi gloss wipe on poly. What brand is it? I use Minwax wipe-on poly and, to the best of my knowledge, they make no semi-gloss. I often mix their satin and gloss 50/50 because I think the satin is too dull and the gloss is too glossy.

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

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Luke

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#6 posted 895 days ago

Great question rich. I buy the semi-gloss minwax and mix it with mineral spirits 30 percent mineral spirits to 70 percent minwax. This works fabulous but you do have to put on a lot of coats to build it up. It is really smooth and can be wiped on with a cloth instead of a brush.

-- LAS, http://www.abettersign.com

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Manasseh

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#7 posted 895 days ago

Wow. There are many physicist looking for this crack in the space time Continuum.
Genius!
Great work with wood that may have ended up in the burn pile.
I wonder if the two part opoxy with black dye would help on these kinds of cracks.

-- Someday I will be more than a sawdust wisperer

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s_grifter

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#8 posted 895 days ago

Very nice work. I am working on a slab for a client as well. What did you use to finish it? I was thinking of using Mirror Coat, but was unsure what the best finish would be.

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RockyBlue

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#9 posted 894 days ago

Nice looking clock Luke. I made similar ones last week. The next batch I am making all have large cracks, I am planning on adding a flat metal strap with screws to keep the crack from splitting the entire piece. I will router a shallow pocket for it to sit in on the back.This method may work for your clock as well. I will sleep better at night knowing my clocks won’t split in two and fall off the wall, since mine are pine and like to split.

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

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KenBee

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#10 posted 817 days ago

I saw a slab of walnut similar to this not long ago and passed on it due to the crack. I didn’t think it would make any thing decent and I now see how wrong I was.

That really is a nice looking clock with a lot of individual character.

-- If it won't fit get a BIGGER hammer.

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grenger

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#11 posted 512 days ago

wow, this is nice

-- Gerry (the beginner), Gatineau, QC, Canada

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