Quick and easy clock for festivals

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Project by Tennessee posted 07-18-2013 12:17 PM 2176 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There are a lot of clocks on this site. I wanted to try and develop one that you could build in a very short time, could use little more than scraps from your pile, and the only expense would be the mechanism.
I took a maple log, (didn’t know it was spalted inside, slight bonus), and sawed off about 8-10 slices on the bias to give the face the oval shape. Remove bark, sticker them up to dry. When they got to about 24%, I moved two pieces inside to see what would happen. One other on the pile had already cracked, tossed it. The initial log was only about 9” in diameter, so it fit on my Grizzly bandsaw.
When I got one face to about 11% moisture, inside my house, I built this in less than two hours on the bench, using only screw construction, which you can see on the bottom shot, and the two maple screw caps on the posts. Didn’t want to wait for glue to dry. Sanded the tapers on the post tops and sanded in the tapers where they meet the base, and had a router with a bit already in it, used it for the walnut edge. Walnut bottom, kingwood posts, all scrap taken off the pile. You don’t have to have a fancy bias cut face, but some crazy grain would be nice so people can imagine some numbers.
Speaking of which, tossed the idea of numbers, since if you look at it long enough, you begin to see some of the hourly positions in the grain. Adds to the “artsy” factor. $6 for the mechanism, a HF battery, four coats of rattle can lacquer. Quick and dirty, figure sell for about $35-40 at a festival or whatever. I plan on taking this one to my museum where I display, along with some other things today. We’ll see how it goes. I did also stamp my logo into the backside of the face. (Not shown here)
I did put on a piece of self adhesive felt on the bottom after the photo was taken. I buy it in bulk from S&S worldwide online. Color of the felt doesn’t matter, since it will be on the bottom anyway. I used a shade of lavender that I would not use in jewelry box drawers.
As always, copy it if you want!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#1 posted 07-18-2013 02:11 PM

Great idea, thanks for sharing, looks great by the way!

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#2 posted 07-18-2013 02:38 PM

Guess I’d spring for a better clock mechanism. and charge more for the piece? Great idea. You are always innovative. :<)

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#3 posted 07-18-2013 03:59 PM

Good idea and use of scraps : ) Thank you for sharing it.

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#4 posted 07-18-2013 07:07 PM

Nice clock! And if you raised the face up on the uprights, you might could put a pendulum movement in it. That would be pretty neat!

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#5 posted 07-19-2013 12:03 AM

Not a bad idea, Joe. I’m thinkin’ already!!

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#6 posted 07-22-2013 02:09 PM

That’s cool and the spalted maple is gorgeous. Like the simple and clean design. Well done!

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