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2 Cherry Table Top Clocks

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Project by DaleMaley posted 07-20-2012 02:49 PM 1063 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw a neat looking pattern for a small scroll sawn table top clock in cherry. It was on The Art Factory web site. I purchased the pattern, 2 push-in clock movements, and batteries from the web site. There are about 40 holes to drill and scroll saw per clock.

I always wanted to try making something from cherry, so I chose this project.

As other Lumberjock posters have stated previously, it is always a dilemna in regards to what finish to use on cherry. I bought the wood from Rockler, and it was relatively light colored in the raw condition. I tried applying lye (sodium hydroxide) to the cherry as some other posters suggested, but was not happy with the resultant color. I then tried some cherry stain, and myself, plus some other family members, liked the cherry stain color the best. I did not want to wait months or years for the cherry to naturally darken. Maybe I will try the natural time aging process on another project.

I sanded all pieces prior to assembly with 220 grit. After assembly, I did 2 rounds of polyurethane and 220 grit sanding.

The cherry wood worked fine, but does have a distinctive odor.

One thing different about scroll sawing cherry, compared to hickory or oak, I found I had to change blades 3 times to cut out 2 clocks. The blade would get dull, then start burning the cherry. The clocks parts are 1/2” thick, and I did not stack cut any pieces. I used an Olson 64302 No. 3R blade with 13 TPI and 7 Rev. I don’t know why cherry dulls blades faster than hickory or oak. If this was hickory or oak, I would expect 1 blade to cut all the pieces.

For all the details on how I built these 2 clocks, see my web site.

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/





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Ken90712

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#1 posted 07-20-2012 04:45 PM

Great job on both of them really nice work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Eric in central Florida

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#2 posted 07-20-2012 06:32 PM

Beautiful Dale !
My scrolling needs a lot of work before I can come up with something as nice as those ! lol

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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#3 posted 07-20-2012 07:11 PM

Wow a lot of work but looking great. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#4 posted 07-20-2012 09:13 PM

Great job, some day when i have the patience…. I like the natural look of cherry though my wife likes stain so you can guess how our cherry cabinets were finished.

-- Stephen NYS

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#5 posted 07-21-2012 12:22 AM

They look great. How long did it take to do the scroll sawing per clock ? I haven’t used the scroll saw in years because it takes so damn long.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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DaleMaley

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#6 posted 07-21-2012 12:37 AM

I did not keep exact count of how many hours of scroll sawing it took for these 2 clocks. My best guess would be 4 to 8 hrs. 8 hrs would be 480 minutes divided by about 80 holes…....or 6 minutes per hole. That sounds about right. Small holes can be less than 1 minute…and a very long hole might take 10 minutes…......so an average of 6 minutes per hole is probably about right.

Most of the things I make are gifts for family members, and I’m hoping they get passed along to several future generations…so 8 hrs of scroll sawing does not seem so long in that context. But yes, scroll sawing is time consuming and takes a great deal of patience.

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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#7 posted 07-21-2012 12:50 AM

Wow Dale
They are beautiful. Very nice work. Does the link have the clock parts also?
Thank you for sharing.

Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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DaleMaley

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#8 posted 07-21-2012 12:58 AM

The Art Factory link that I gave on my 1st posting also includes the clock push-in movement, and you can buy batteries from them also. Here is a link to the pages with the 2-3/4” push-in movements…....and batteries as well.

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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