clock #1: burl elm

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Blog entry by shiney5757 posted 01-29-2008 12:56 AM 1978 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a piece of red elm burl with live edge,recently i’ve had a little time (no joke) on my hands to make some items. clock mirrorThe clock is a moon phase movement.I used some plastic coat laquer to finish it.
I inserted the mirror into a rebate (i know i spell it different) In the back.
red elm burl clock mirror
It would look nice above a fireplace i think.

-- I cut it twice & it was still too short

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#1 posted 01-29-2008 01:52 AM

This is a very nice project. You are right in that it would look good above the fireplace. The finish on the piece is gorgeous.

How easy was the elm to work?

The one time I worked with elm was in processing a dead tree into firewood. I know that is sacrilege but we all make mistakes in our youth. But from the experience I swore that I would never try to cut and split elm ever again because it was so difficult to work.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 01-29-2008 02:06 AM

Very nice looking. I love that piece of wood!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 01-29-2008 02:07 AM

Great looking Burl. Nice job

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 01-29-2008 02:51 AM

Nice burl clock, I love any kind of burl and any burl clocks. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 01-29-2008 10:27 AM

Thanks for your comments i appreciate them.
the elm stood a bit of belt sanding but as there was not much joinery involved nature done a lot of the work for me ,only one note as i used the router to round over some of the edge it could easly burn.
the plastic coat laqeur was RUSTINS_and is xtra tough great used on the live edge bark.

-- I cut it twice & it was still too short

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#6 posted 01-29-2008 01:52 PM

Great burl clock.

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#7 posted 01-30-2008 12:11 AM

Beautiful burl, great finish.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 10-26-2011 06:56 PM

are those pink walls you got goin there? haha

-- Got Wood?

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