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"Batman" Clock Frame for a 3 Yr Old

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Project by poopiekat posted 04-07-2013 07:06 PM 903 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We bought the Batman clock for my grandson that he wanted, it was featured on eBay, and somehow I thought it would be bigger. It was simply an animated image of Batman, the only version he knows, and it was silk-screened onto a generic CD and a quartz clock movement added to it. Cute, but really not acceptable as it was. So as I stood there with the opened package in my hand, I had an idea. I decided a maple doughnut-shaped frame would be perfect, the finishing touch that it needed.
One 9 inch disk of alder and one 9 inch disk of maple sandwiched together, one disk of particle board as a sacrificial backer, mounted to a flange on my lathe, and off I went.
I’ve discovered the key to enjoyable shop time, simple projects like these that took less than two hours on a Sunday morning, so different from the impossibly complex, ridiculously tedious huge projects that I usually get myself into, so glad when I finally get them off my plate. This was fun!! and… DONE!!
Shown with the first coat of poly, perhaps two more, sanded between coats, hot-melt to assemble face-to-frame, and it’ll be ready to give to my grandson, a superhero in his own right.. Hope you like it!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!





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#1 posted 04-07-2013 09:46 PM

great idea. You’ve got to have the batman clock to be cool!

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#2 posted 04-07-2013 11:20 PM

Thanks, Don!
Hey, I passed on a #72 Chamfer plane at an Antiques event today, not sure if it was the right thing to do. It was $150, I’ve never actually SEEN one before much less held one in my hand. It had no problems other than a wiggly handle. He also had a #248 weather stripping plane. All I came home with was a Stanley #29 and a enormous 20” Marples door-stop.
I should have mentioned, the Batman was the “Lego” version. It’s quite popular for this age group! This eBay seller, y’know, it’s easy, upfitting these cheezy clocks with your own nicely fitted frame on the lathe, well Christmas is coming! It was about $15 (including postage to Canada) and a couple hours making the frame. I’m sure some other kids will find similar clocks under the tree at X-mas.
As received:

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#3 posted 04-10-2013 02:52 PM

You made the clock look great with your beautiful frame. Like the shape and the finish.

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