|Project by DaleMaley||posted 07-20-2012 02:49 PM||1090 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
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/