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Forum topic by patcollins posted 02-07-2015 11:23 PM 821 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-07-2015 11:23 PM

I have two very nice tree slices that were in my grandfathers garage that I took out after he passed away. I would like to make a clock out of one of them, it being end grain anyone have any tips on dealing with it, drilling a hole for a clock movement etc? The slices are about 2 inches thick, unsure of the wood may be chestnut.

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#1 posted 02-08-2015 04:23 AM

I have never made a clock with the face being end grain (slice of log).

But I would think you would want a clock movement with a long shaft length, so you can leave some thickness where you mount the clock movement. As an example, these two movements from can have a shaft length long enough to leave up to 3/4” (maximum dial thickness).

for hand lengths up to 6 inches or so:

or high torque for longer hand lengths:

You would hollow out a spot for the movement on the backside, like I did on this clock (you would want yours deeper):

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