1st Project on LJ - Tribute to my dad

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Project by GeorgeM posted 09-12-2012 07:30 PM 1370 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My dad worked for the railroad for 38 years. He was also an avid woodworker. Over the years he made many pieces of furniture, as well as various boxes, bowls, plant stands, etc. for his home and for friends. When he was no longer able to work in his shop, he let me have most of his tools. One of the items I got from him was his band saw (which he had built from a Gill Built kit).

The “rolling” stand that he had for the saw was getting in pretty bad shape and was far too big for my small shop so I built a new one to better serve my purposes. However, I decided to save the wood from his original stand and use it when I could for future projects.

This clock is the first of those projects. Looking at the clock you will see several “flaws” (old stains, nail holes, etc.). I purposely used these pieces of wood from his band saw stand to remind me of where it came from and the work my dad had done. (not to mention they cover my own flaws!!) While he was very meticulous in his work for things that would be used and seen by others, when it came to building something for the shop he was more about functionality than looks. Consequently there are several old nail holes (in no particular alignment), dents and scars that are visible in the clock. As for the clock insert itself, I choose the old railroad steam engine design because of his many years working on the railroad and also because he help to build several steam engines in the 1940s and 50s.

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#1 posted 09-12-2012 08:15 PM

Any piece that has a story behind it simply is a better piece. Great job, great story.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 09-12-2012 09:44 PM

A wonderful tribute to your Dad and a great use of vintage materials.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 09-12-2012 09:49 PM

Awesome legacy

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#4 posted 09-12-2012 11:02 PM

A wonderful piece, that not only tells the current time, but also the story of times gone by.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 09-13-2012 01:31 AM

The distressed look is in also. I have been touching up a lot of new furniture that is distressed lately.

-- I have Carrie, food, shelter, and wood to turn. What else do I need?

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#6 posted 09-13-2012 01:52 AM

Great project with sentimental value that both of you are sharing.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 09-13-2012 04:05 AM

Nice story and that clock face is pretty awesome : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 09-13-2012 04:12 AM

Cool story. Cool history, and very cool clock.
Thanks for sharing George.

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#9 posted 09-13-2012 04:13 AM

Gotta love a piece with a story behind it.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#10 posted 09-13-2012 03:16 PM

Beautiful clock and story!

-- Steve in Lawrenceville, GA -

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#11 posted 09-13-2012 03:50 PM

Man, a masterpiece isn’t just about how it looks but on the importance of that thing being made of.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#12 posted 09-13-2012 08:32 PM

Thanks for all the kind remarks.

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