the clock #2: time ticks on

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Blog entry by twokidsnosleep posted 03-01-2011 07:51 AM 1152 reads 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Working on my daughter's birthday gift Part 2 of the clock series Part 3: tic tic tic »

Moved a couple steps closer to the finish line over the weekend.

My push list includes:
1.Make a back with inlay heart
2. Final sand everything so no tool marks
3. Devise arm, foot and face attachments
4. Stain and varnish
5. Clock parts attached

For the back I tried to find purpleheart veneer as I wanted to put it over MDF…. it was $85.00 for a roll, so I
tried to make the veneer myself. There was no way my saw would cut it thin enough as it is set up and the blade dulled from the tough purpleheart.
After a bit of reading and finding that if the veneer is too thick it will warp and move, I decided to cut a solid back from a saved hunk of purpleheart (was going to use it as side-table tops). Again lots of work getting the boards smoothed out and square, but after planing, sanding and scraping I had a back. Routed a channel and made a handle as well.
I used brass nails in a dowel fashion to help mechanically attach the purpleheart parts and the maple arms to the maple body…want more than just glue. You can see the countersunk nails in the arm here and the back with a rough fitted handle.

The purpleheart is really pretty when all is said and done, but a bit of a B to work with. Very tough on tools edges (new bandsaw blades soon to be ordered), chippy and prone to tear out on cuts and it takes me tons of sanding to get it to this, and still there are imperfections!

So it gets a bit closer. Weather has been cold so not too conducive to being in an unheated garage shop. Also hard to varnish and stain with the cool weather. I am glad I took some more pics and posted it up as it does motivate me to get on with it.
Thanks for looking, Scott

-- 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 03-01-2011 02:45 PM

I really like the color contrast in this and the heart is a nice touch. You have inspired me to order two kits for clocks for my nieces. I am waiting on delivery so I can get started.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#2 posted 03-02-2011 07:41 AM

Thanks Grant
It is not a difficult project if you are smart enough to not use rock maple and purpleheart :)

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

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