Christmas Clocks

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Project by CanalboatJim posted 01-03-2014 11:39 PM 1585 views 18 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s amazing how many Lumberjocks chose to make clocks for Christmas this year. I shouldn’t be surprised, as our skills improve, so does our choice of projects. I know all of the cutting boards were appreciated, but it’s time to move on to bigger things.

The dark clock was the prototype. It is made from some bland beech I had laying around, and I never intended to complete it. It turned out better than I had hoped, so I stained it, and finished it with wipe on poly and Brix wax. The tile is a stylized ginko leaf from the Pewabic pottery in Detroit.

The other clocks are cherry, finished with oil and several coats of laquer. The tiles are from the Motowi Tile Works of Ann Arbor. The face on the prototype is my poor attempt at design. The other two faces were done by my son using Adobe Illustrator. (All of those college fees are finally paying off.) When I get a little time I’m going to replace the original face.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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#1 posted 01-03-2014 11:50 PM

Nice clocks. Great Christmas gifts.

-- An oak tree is just a nut that stood it's ground.

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#2 posted 01-04-2014 12:10 AM

Super clocks. They’ll be treasured, I’m sure.

-- Larry

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#3 posted 01-04-2014 12:19 AM

Jim, very tasty designs and execution. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of showing them to LOML and I think I got another project added to my list. lol We both really like the Motawi tiles so that will be incorporated as well. Thanks for sharing.

-- Art

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#4 posted 01-04-2014 01:06 AM

Great looking A&C clocks! With your son being able to design and print up clock faces, you could make all kinds of beautiful clocks. And who knows—maybe all those clocks sold could pay off his student loans….....!

-- Dean

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#5 posted 01-04-2014 02:32 AM

So are the faces just printed paper? How are the faces finished? Great job on the clock construction, I really like them.

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#6 posted 01-04-2014 03:30 AM

Jim,are those your designs?...they are beautiful….

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#7 posted 01-04-2014 03:57 AM

Jeff, this is my design, but I have to thank fellow lumberjacks TJCROSS, GodoBiscuits, and rodneyh for inspiration. If you have not seen their work, you should look them up. The clocks are 18” high,4” deep and the top is 9”x5”. All of the angles are 10 degrees.
David, the faces are printed on scrap book paper from JoAnn Fabrics. The faces proved the most difficult part of the project. The 4” tile limited me to a 4” face,and severely limited my choice of hands.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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#8 posted 01-04-2014 04:43 AM

Love the look Jim. Those tiles are fantastic and it is great to have kids to help with the techy stuff. I couldn’t have made my website without the help of my son. Well done. Cheers

-- Narinder, Calgary, Ab.

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#9 posted 01-04-2014 10:39 AM

Great looking clocks, will make a wonderful addition to any home.

-- Billp

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#10 posted 01-04-2014 02:45 PM

Really nice work on the clocks. The finish work makes the beech look like silk. The tiles look super.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#11 posted 01-04-2014 04:13 PM

Nicely done. I like the tiles do you have contact information?

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#12 posted 01-04-2014 04:24 PM

I too really like your clocks .great design and beautiful choice of wood and tile.

-- Custom furniture

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#13 posted 01-04-2014 06:11 PM

Very nicely done, and thanks for sharing your sources for the tiles you used.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#14 posted 01-04-2014 06:34 PM

The Arts and Crafts style clock has that iconic, vintage feel. These turned out great!

-- Fr. Thomas,

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#15 posted 01-04-2014 08:35 PM

Great design and work. Your recipients should be really proud to own one.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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