Art Deco style Clock

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Project by rilanda posted 08-07-2012 03:49 PM 3114 views 11 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A recent project made for a very good friend who will present it to his sister as a Christmas present. His sister likes the Art Deco style of the 1920’s and after a bit of research I produced a drawing that met with his approval.
The clock is made from a variety of timbers to produce the relief effect, the base is Ash; the base stand is Laburnum which will eventually become almost black (intentionally picked for this reason) in a few months exposure hence the reason for making it so early. The first of the outer “wings” made from American Black Walnut; the inner “wings” made from Beech; The Clock face is made from laminations of Iroko and Sycamore. The procedure I followed was to prepare all of the Timber in multiple lengths for all of the mitred items, laminated the Iroko and Sycamore together to produce a piece of Iroko with a Sycamore strip down 1 edge. This was then mitred in sequence so as to keep the grain following around the mitre as much as possible, these were then glued together using a combination of PVA with Cyanoacrylate. The “wings” were cut and prepared with the mitre being glued together with Cyanoacrylate only. The top mitred section of the clock had a butterfly tie inserted in the back which was 10mm deep. The clock was drilled and the recess produced to take the clocks eventual quartz movement. The base and base stand were carefully marked out and cut to shape on the band saw. With a small Chamfer bearing guided router tool set up in the router table the 3mm chamfer was applied to all the edges that required it, a slower spindle speed was selected for the router to avoid burning marks left by the tool (so difficult to remove after). All the components were the thoroughly cleaned up finishing with 320 grit paper before final assembly. The final assembly was completed with PVA adhesive and strategically place screws that would be hidden with the overlaying “wing” that followed. After a final clean up the clock received a coat of cellulose sander sealer that was allowed to dry before being De-nibbed, once the De-nibbing was complete then the clock face roman numerals were applied. These were a rub down version that was already set into the correct diameter and sequence. The final finish was 3 coats of spray Acrylic clear lacquer. The quartz movement was fixed into the clock and the hands fitted to finalize a retro type Art Deco Style clock with a very modern movement,

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 08-07-2012 04:05 PM

Very Nice

The butterflies are a nice touch to a

great design


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 08-07-2012 04:21 PM

A great looking clock. would be nice to see it aged to. alot of thought went in to the materials and it would be nice to know how it turns out.

-- Englishman in Finland I am guessing that i am Finglish.

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#3 posted 08-07-2012 04:34 PM

Now that is thinking outside the box. Very well done.

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#4 posted 08-07-2012 04:48 PM

Wow that’s one cool clock ,super design and build.

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#5 posted 08-07-2012 11:19 PM

Another great project. Appreciate all the detail you post with each project.
Hope all is well with you and family.

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#6 posted 08-09-2012 08:17 AM

I agree with AJM, it would be great to see how the wood has changed colour with age. Great job as always Bill. A nice design and very well executed. I hope your friends sister appreciated it.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#7 posted 08-09-2012 02:11 PM

That’s a very nice looking clock!

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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