Time on a Dime

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Project by RussellAP posted 12-09-2012 07:22 PM 2357 views 16 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I call this time on a dime. It’s a balancing clock made from monterillo the clock blank is set in a glue up of -in this order- walnut, red oak, 4 spalted maple boards, red oak, walnut.
The clock balances and is very stable.

Anyone interested in buying this piece should message me.

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#1 posted 12-09-2012 08:26 PM

Sure is a creative piece Russel, well done :)

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#2 posted 12-09-2012 08:56 PM

Very cool project!!............Jim

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#3 posted 12-09-2012 09:01 PM

Did you use some secret formula to figure out how long (or short) the bottom board had to be so the whole assembly would stand level? (The board that actually sits on the shelf) Or just gool old trial-and-error?
NICE project!

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#4 posted 12-09-2012 09:15 PM

Most excellent work Russell.

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#5 posted 12-09-2012 10:19 PM

joein10asee, I make the base piece twice the width of the intersecting piece which is about 6” longer than I think it needs to be. This gives me an almost 3:1 weight ratio to work with. The extra 6” allows me to slide it in and out till it balances. Then I turn the clock and mount it, then comes the balancing. The two ways to balance it are with the intersecting piece and or the height of the base. Usually it comes pretty close though.
In this case, the monterillo is a very heavy wood so the counter balance was a bit heavier. So I made a cantilever to hang the clock from.
The first clock was turned from elm but it cracked pretty badly. I made the second a bit heavier.

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#6 posted 12-09-2012 11:04 PM

Now that is one great piece of work

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#7 posted 12-09-2012 11:30 PM

Love it. Great challenge to the imagination.

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#8 posted 12-10-2012 04:22 AM

Russell i love it ,cool design

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#9 posted 12-10-2012 04:44 AM

Eye catching piece is an understatement. I believe I could just stare at it for quite some time. Good work.

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#10 posted 12-10-2012 06:41 AM

Yep, she’s a beauty! Great job, I really like it.

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#11 posted 12-10-2012 08:00 AM

That’s a keeper. Nice build…..................

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#12 posted 12-10-2012 02:37 PM

as unique is they come.

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#13 posted 12-10-2012 03:38 PM

Congrats on a Top Three! Unique build.

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#14 posted 12-12-2012 11:55 AM

Most unusual. I’ve heard the expression of time hanging in the balance.

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#15 posted 12-16-2012 04:38 AM

creativity is cool! excellant job.

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