Miniature Burl Clocks

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Project by Gerry posted 01-02-2013 01:30 AM 1802 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these as Christmas gifts for several of our good friends here at home. The woods are Walnut and “Firewood pile” burl, cut from some logs I cut into boards a couple of years ago. The bases are made of Sycamore, with really nice figure in the wood. I did inlay Bisbee turquoise into 2 of the clocks.

I had a lot of fun building these, and the small pieces made it more difficult for joinery, but I was able to get them done. Finish is 3 coats of Tung Oil to bring out the grain patterns, and 2 coats of briwax on top. Thanks for looking!

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#1 posted 01-02-2013 01:59 AM

Very nicely done—quite interesting and beautiful display of different wood grains.

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#2 posted 01-02-2013 02:04 AM

Nice gifts and some GREAT wood!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 01-02-2013 04:54 AM

Great looking clocks , Gerry : )

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#4 posted 01-03-2013 02:38 PM

Fine Christmas gifts, like the grain of the wood and finish. Shows great joinery on the small pieces. Great job!


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#5 posted 01-04-2013 01:55 PM

These are great Gerry. I really like them.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#6 posted 01-05-2013 06:11 AM

Thank you all for looking and your kind comments. Lenny, good to hear from you, and Happy New Year to all.

Re the joinery, I had bought a bench-top mortiser a while back, and had originally planned to use it here. From past experience, I find the mortiser to cut a bit larger than the mortising chisel bit’s “defined” dimension. So, I decided to cut them using a guide fence on the drill press, and finish them with a chisel.

As I was fitting the clock side supports, I was glad I did. The stock, while exactly 1/4” thick, fit snugly into the mortises cut with a 15/64 brad point bit. Had I used the mortiser, they would have been too large, and I would have had to remake the bases. Funny how repeating yourself and a little experience helps…....

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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