Balancing Clock

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Project by fawig posted 801 days ago 2514 views 21 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 801 days ago

Super cool, I like it

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#2 posted 801 days ago

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

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#3 posted 801 days ago

Unique clock and a cool idea.

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#4 posted 801 days ago

Sweet and unique clock!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 800 days ago

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

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#6 posted 800 days ago

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 800 days ago


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 800 days ago

Wonderful job, good contrast of wood also.


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#9 posted 800 days ago!

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#10 posted 798 days ago

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 798 days ago

Thats a great idea, I love it…

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#12 posted 793 days ago

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 793 days ago

good info thanks for sharing

-- self proclaimed copycat

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