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RussellAP

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02-01-2013 10:16 PM

I saw this clock in the Clockit catalog and ordered it. I didn’t have anything in mind for it and wanted to do something off beat, (it’s what I do), and afterward I looked at it and wondered what anyone else might think.

Please be honest, don’t try and make me feel good I want to hear some truth.

It isn’t glued up so I can still go a different direction, but nothing traditional or done before.

Can you help me with an honest opinion before I complete this piece?

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.


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#1 posted 02-01-2013 10:23 PM

I think you’re going in the right direction with a nice and simple design. You don’t want to take away from the clock itself. I personally don’t like to mix different woods like you have done, so there’s that.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 02-01-2013 10:27 PM

I would enclose the works, especially if it has a mechanical movement. I like the design but as an antique clock collector think you may have problems with dust.

-- My favorite projects were firewood bound

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#3 posted 02-01-2013 10:30 PM

Love the clock; not so much the stand.

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#4 posted 02-01-2013 10:30 PM

Brandon, I went through a phase is all I can say. I had a bunch of same size sticks that I glued up after a project and turned them. It was practice but when I got done I thought that these columns might figure into some of my art. I’m finding great value in my scrap lumber.
I did think about a frame but I needed to leave the face open so I thought, what’s the point? I’ll just give it a good interesting base and stick it on there and have a look.
I usually don’t evaluate my work till I photograph it and see it on a PC.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#5 posted 02-01-2013 10:31 PM

I agree with both comments above, but I do like the concept.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 02-01-2013 10:31 PM

I agree with both comments above, but I do like the concept.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 02-01-2013 10:34 PM

Can you make a glass case with 4 walls and top all glass. Maybe sit the glass box into a wood frame. This is pretty but like the others have stated it need to be covered to keep the dust out.

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#8 posted 02-01-2013 10:37 PM

I like it. Is there a way to turn the numbers 180 degrees from the stand? If so, it may look more artsy hanging from something versus sitting on the stand.

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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#9 posted 02-01-2013 10:42 PM

I said I’d never say to much wood, but I agree with Brandon. To many different kinds.

Then something is missing. The clock wants to be encased somehow. Its not symmetrical and the surround needs to be symmetrical.

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#10 posted 02-01-2013 10:44 PM

You asked, so here it is…...

Generally, I like the overall design, but would do a few things differently. These of course are only my opinions & you know what they say about opinions & @$$#0[{$!!!

1) The wooden dowels, being thinner than the clock supports, make the base look flimsy.
I’d beef up the dowels.

2) I’m not crazy about the lamination of the piece above the wooden dowels.
Looks kinda busy, when viewing from the side. Also the darker lower piece in the lamination doesn’t mix well with the other tones.

3) The base, should be wider than the laminated section.

You are a BRAVE person, asking for honest opinions!!! Good thing you weren’t asking about SawStop, politics, religion or some other trivial topic!!! Looking forward to seeing the “final” rendition (even should you keep it as is)!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#11 posted 02-01-2013 10:49 PM

Do you like it? Screw what everyone else thinks.

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#12 posted 02-01-2013 10:51 PM

Randy, what would you think if I cut the laminated piece off at or a half inch or so outside the pillars? It would satisfy a couple things, less lamination, and wider base.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#13 posted 02-01-2013 10:51 PM

Thank you for being open to comments, Russell. You are to be admired not only for your work but also for your open attitude.

The lower stanchions are smaller than those above it. To my eye, they should be larger. And they could be wider apart than those above. This would carry your eye upward.

The cylinder doesn’t seem to relate to anything in the design—it just sits there like a, well, log. The square cuts on the ends are abrupt. If they tapered in a little at the top, again it would carry your eye upward.

Think about that piece being rectilinear but with a slightly beveled edge and “carpe diem” or “tempus fugit” or “log on to LumberJocks” on it, and it would have an intermediate function. (I am not advocating this as a design, but just to illustrate a solution to the question mark that the log raises for me.)

What if you got a level bubble and inserted it in the log? People would look at your precision work and nod knowingly. And all the while you’re laughing hysterically inside.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#14 posted 02-01-2013 10:55 PM

dhazelton, it’s not that easy. I usually will go with an idea even if it’s a bad one because sometimes you just don’t see the answer until you mess with it a couple days. Rarely will I have an inspiration about a specific idea and create it. Woodworking is actually sculpting when you get right down to it. We just have a different set of tools and material to work with. So with this piece I’ve chiseled out a form, now I’m trying to make it relate to something. The answer could be literally anything.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#15 posted 02-01-2013 11:19 PM

Personally I am not a fan of the round part. But I think if the dowels between the two lower pieces were brass instead of wood it would pull it together a bit more.

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