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the clock #1: Working on my daughter's birthday gift

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This has been long in the planning with many ups and downs.

It is still not finished though her birthday is the 21st of Feb; I will be late with this, but make it as perfect as I can. I don’t have that much free time to blast off a whole weekend at it in the shop so it has been months in the works.
Have had to buy some new tools, big and small and stop myself from buying some others and just use some elbow grease and ingenuity.

The body is maple and the accents purple heart. Learned to never use Titebond III and maple together…black line of death on those joints!!!! The pic is a rough dry fit to keep me motivated. Have to sand, finish and apply the clock details and face. Still working on the back as my last thin purpleheart board warped too badly to use. I will likely go to MDF with a purpleheart veneer to give the same look.

Thanks for looking

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"



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Grant Davis

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#1 posted 1253 days ago

Scott,
Your daughter will love this. I really like the contrast of your wood choices. Keep plugging along and make sure you post a picture of the finished project.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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Erik van Baarle

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#2 posted 1253 days ago

That looks really nice man
Great job
Greetings from Belgium
Erik

-- Erik, Merksem Belgium

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twokidsnosleep

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#3 posted 1253 days ago

Thanks guys, it is taking a long time.
I appreciate you commenting. I have worked hard on this and it is literally a labor of love for her…she’s what has kept me going. Been a good learning experience and fun too.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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twokidsnosleep

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#4 posted 1233 days ago

I used a wheel and circle cutter in my drill press to do the ‘face’ cut out on the purpleheart.
You can see the scrap (?) purpleheart at the top of the pic.
The cutter is this one from Lee Valley Tools:
http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=32275&cat=1,180,42316
I can remember using one of these in grade 8 to cut out wheels for a wooden train we made….still have the train.

I mentioned the titebond III problem in the first post….I actually like the joint between the legs which was the bandsaw access point for cutting out the middle. I purposefully made that cut to look like the space between the two legs ie the crotch if you will. Not so happy with the seam on the head area, but that is mostly covered

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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Dandog

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#5 posted 1232 days ago

that is so cool. man that is some really purple purple heart

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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twokidsnosleep

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#6 posted 1232 days ago

Yeah Dan, the color on this piece was great.
It was more about luck than anything I did as I hear differing opinions about how to get this wood so bright….keeping the wood out of or in the sun, heat and tooling darkens etc etc
I would sand it then find it muddied the color so I used cabinet scrapers more than sandpaper for finishing.
The purple face is moving a bit off the maple…..likely the difference in humidity and temp in her room vs my unheated detached garage. I will let it acclimate and then glue and clamp him up again.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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