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Project by RussellAP posted 610 days ago 1845 views 10 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With some left over padauk and a 13$ clock from Hobby Lobby I made this in about 4 hours.

It’s a Christmas present for my sister in-law.

Sorry I didn’t take the time to stage the photo’s, it’s still drying from the poly. Satin on the padauk and semi gloss on the walnut clock.

I may clean up that connection where the two boards meet. It’s kind of ugly. I have another piece of padauk I can cut out exactly as needed.

Thanks for looking.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.





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Don W

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#1 posted 610 days ago

what a timely gift!

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 610 days ago

That’s a really unique clock Russ,your sister-law will love it.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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farmerdude

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#3 posted 610 days ago

Awesome job. I really like the piece the clockworks are set into. Very original.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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RussellAP

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#4 posted 610 days ago

Farmerdude, it took a couple hours on my lathe. I’m pretty excited to find projects that include the lathe instead of making it the star of the shop.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 610 days ago

It’s very nice. I love Hobby Lobby and go there often.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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RussellAP

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#6 posted 610 days ago

Charles, I found a place online to get better looking clock blanks.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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Mark Smith

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#7 posted 610 days ago

Very nice. Was it hard to get it to balance? Are the pieces of Padauk connected or is the joint adjustable for the balance?

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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RussellAP

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#8 posted 610 days ago

Mark, you have to sneak up on it unless you know some math. The main thing I had trouble with is getting the 45 degree angle adjusted to balance. You’d think that cutting them both 45 degree would produce something level, but it actually sags a bit so I had to cut one a bit rich which I was barely able to do on my BS because it only will give me about 46.5 degree if I stand on it. So for future reference, 42 degree will work better and allow plenty of adjustment within the tools range.

And the joint is open and can be moved or taken apart to clean or move.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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Mark Smith

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#9 posted 610 days ago

Couldn’t that one cut be made with a table saw, or is the band saw easier?

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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RussellAP

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#10 posted 610 days ago

You can nibble it out with a BS easier. I don’t like TS for that because I cant see what I’m doing and I wont run a dado at an angle.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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Monte Pittman

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#11 posted 610 days ago

Good thought. I like it when people think of new ways to use old designs.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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JOEY B

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#12 posted 610 days ago

Its about( time) someone come up with something new Great job.

-- Tools tools and more tools its funny when we go in a store for anything we always look at the tools

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Ken Holt

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#13 posted 610 days ago

Super cool!

-- Ken from Monterey

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marter1229

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#14 posted 609 days ago

I like it!

terry

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ohwoodeye

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#15 posted 609 days ago

Very nice.
I am thinking a simple butt joint (angled of course) would be all that you need to join the two pieces of Padauk. I think you are over complicating the design by trying to half lap these two pieces. I do like how the “leg” extends higher than the “arm”. Find the correct angle, drill, screw and plug the holes from behind the leg and you are good to go….....nice and clean.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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