|Project by kdc68||posted 12-27-2012 12:05 AM||1088 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
I acquired some brazilian cherry hardwood flooring from a project where I made thresholds for an aquaintance from the health club. He had installed 3/4” brazilian cherry flooring in his house and needed thresholds to match. As part of a payment to make custom thresholds I acquired the leftover pieces from the box of flooring. I had to plane the pieces to 5/8 to remove the kerfs on the bottom face of each board. Those kerfs are there for stability as flooring, but weren’t a feature I wanted to be seen as a clock. Basic constuction dados and rabbets for the case. The case, crown molding, and the door is all brazilian cherry. The secondary wood is birch. The plywood back is birch stained a cherry and mahogany mix to match the brazilian cherry. The crown molding on top was made easy by all 45 degree cuts (bevel and compound miters). I fluted the front of the molding to add some detail. The back has an access hole and can be removed to either change the battery or change the time in the fall and spring. The door is doweled using 1/4” dowels, too thin for mortise and tenon. I rabbeted the back of the door and applied the glass with silicon. At the last minute I decided to add a decoration on the glass. I bought a stencil and tried two types of painting techniques. The first try was with acrylic paint for glass applied with dobbers. This didn’t turn out so well. The second try resulted better. I used an automotive bonding product used for plastic trim. It works for glass as well. Once applied I could use paint of my choice. I chose an inexpensive spray can of paint. It looks really good, nobody would know was it done cheaply. As a door closer I recessed magnets on the back of the door and the edge of the case. The finish is a high gloss wipe on poly. I applied several coats to really bring out that grain. The clock face is an 1840 style design. The movement is an inexpensive quartz type with a pendulum and harpe attachment.
-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once