Beautiful Grain on this Small Buffalo Mantle Clock

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Project by Alongiron posted 03-27-2013 03:42 PM 1277 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my version of a small Buffalo Mantle Clock. The dial is 4” with curved glass. It is made from QSWO with some real nice pattern that if you look kind of wraps around the clock face itself. I have finished it off with a coat of dark walnut oil and 3 coats of shellac followed by a coat of hand rubbed wax. It was a fun little project to make from some small left over pieces in the shop. I hope that my friend out in Seattle will enjoy this for his fireplace mantle at his cabin..

-- Measure twice and cut once.....Steve Lien

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#1 posted 03-27-2013 04:05 PM

Your clocks are going to become legendary. Are the curved side pieces cut or bent?......if you don’t mind saying. Beautiful work.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#2 posted 03-27-2013 04:48 PM

Beautiful mantle clock! That ray fleck is spectacular!

-- Dean

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#3 posted 03-27-2013 05:00 PM

very sharp

-- greg indiana

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#4 posted 03-27-2013 05:24 PM

My good buddy Andy;

Here is a couple of images of my sketches of the clock. To answer your question, I just take a thicker piece of stock; glued up if needed, and trace a pencil line of the radius of the front and back piece. Then I run it through the bandsaw.. Once I glue the right and left ends to the front and back; I turn to my disc sander and shape it tell it all matches. I use my scroll saw to cut out the front circle and backdoor. I cut the front circle out leaving the lines and finish it up on my drum sander.

If you would like a full sized copy of my sketch, let me know and I will email them to you



-- Measure twice and cut once.....Steve Lien

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#5 posted 03-27-2013 10:11 PM

Sweet clock. I love the grain of that quarter sawn white oak!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 03-27-2013 10:54 PM

Nice work. I like the style. QSWO is great looking.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#7 posted 03-28-2013 12:03 AM

Great looking clock. If one were a Star Trek geek they might say the grain pattern it looks like a “temporal distoration” , bending the space time continuum!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 03-28-2013 12:09 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments! Pete your comments are “spock ” on!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....Steve Lien

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#9 posted 03-28-2013 01:08 AM

Steve, the grain and the finish are great. Very well done!

-- Art

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#10 posted 03-28-2013 03:28 AM

Great looking clock : )

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

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