Balancing Clock

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Project by fawig posted 05-19-2012 11:39 AM 3687 views 23 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw a version of this in an arts & crafts store in Washington DC and it’s based on the popular balancing wine bottle holders. The challenge was to figure out the dimensions so it would balance properly. You’ll notice in one of the pictures that the horizontal bar extends through the two pieces – I made it extra long to determine where to position the clock piece and the support piece. I then glued the pieces together and sanded them flush. Wood is hard maple with purple heart accents; finish is natural Danish Oil. The clock is battery operated, purchased from Woodcraft.

-- "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." Phil 4:13

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#1 posted 05-19-2012 04:41 PM

Super cool, I like it

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#2 posted 05-19-2012 04:47 PM

thats very cleaver .i love it.the purple heart and maple look great.

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#3 posted 05-19-2012 04:47 PM

Unique clock and a cool idea.

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#4 posted 05-19-2012 08:46 PM

Sweet and unique clock!!

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#5 posted 05-20-2012 04:25 AM

Yeah, this is a clever update on the popular balancer idea. Thanks for sharing it.

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#6 posted 05-20-2012 01:02 PM

cool looking clock.
what is the deg. of the cut for the base looks like 15 deg. ?
thank you for sharing

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#7 posted 05-20-2012 08:53 PM


I’ve made a few of the wine balancer’s, but this is a very cool departure from the norm. Love Purpleheart. Love it.

-- -- Don from PA

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#8 posted 05-20-2012 09:01 PM

Wonderful job, good contrast of wood also.


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#9 posted 05-20-2012 09:10 PM!

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#10 posted 05-22-2012 02:34 AM

Very nice. I like the version as it was before glue up, too. I also did a version of a balancing clock and think I will attempt one similar to yours as well. Thanks for sharing!

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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#11 posted 05-22-2012 02:30 PM

Thats a great idea, I love it…

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#12 posted 05-27-2012 11:04 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments! The angle I used was 55 degrees, but there was nothing special about it except for appearance. By cutting the horizontal bar long then tweaking the overall length, just about any angle will work.

-- "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." Phil 4:13

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#13 posted 05-27-2012 03:24 PM

good info thanks for sharing

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