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Here is the first attempt at the 7-day clock, this is the mock-up for the real thing ,this one is made of a cedar stud.

what do you think? is the face OK? color OK? is there too much white around the face? Does the black hand look too clunky? Should it be a different color hand?

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yur retired...
the clock must be a gift... eh...
 
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Herb; it's all personal taste...no right or wrong. Having said that, I like the white...it adds some clean emphasis to the neutral colours.
Another colour you could try (on a scrap piece!) would be a fairly deep Burgundy. Sort of a Tuscany look, with the beige face.
But yeh, can I order one? ;)
 

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Looks good,
Like Dan says personal taste.
( I think the black hand bothers you and does draw your eye to it) you try different color or style
 
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Yep, personal choice. I wouldn't ask, I'd just sit and look at it, and think, until I came up with something I liked. But, that's me.
 

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I agree with the above, it's personal taste. That looks great as is, even if it's a mock up. Wish my mock ups looked like that :frown:

The pointer is a tad wide, it sort of blocks out the days.
 

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Unusual for Herb to be undecided. I think you must have serious doubts to ask this bunch for advice.

But it depends where its going to hang. If its indoors then it will need to match (or contrast) the decor.
Personally, (as if your gonna take my advice, but hey) I would make the hand slightly thinner and also the days bolder. And your not going to like this one, but I dont like the single knot. If there were more then it would be fine, but as its just the one , to me thats a defect that draws my eye.

see, thats what you get for askin'
 

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Dan, no, the knot in the wood at thursday.

If there were knots on other pieces of wood randomly spread like on a normal pine board, it would be fine, but as there are 6 absolutely perfect pieces, my eye was instantly pulled to that piece of wood, even before i looked at the hand. To me, that knot swamps the otherwise beautiful workmanship.
Over the years I have discovered I look at objects in an inward spiral direction. Start at the top, go round clockwise and end up in the middle. If nothing jumps out and distracts me, then I look at the whole picture.
I told you I was weird, didnt I?
 

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Herb,

I saw a similar clock at a friends house two weeks ago. My wife said I had to build one. I like your design, but in my opinion the clock hands are too dominate. Is the days of the week something you printed or purchased?

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Unusual for Herb to be undecided. I think you must have serious doubts to ask this bunch for advice.

But it depends where its going to hang. If its indoors then it will need to match (or contrast) the decor.
Personally, (as if your gonna take my advice, but hey) I would make the hand slightly thinner and also the days bolder. And your not going to like this one, but I dont like the single knot. If there were more then it would be fine, but as its just the one , to me thats a defect that draws my eye.

see, thats what you get for askin'
About the knot - exactly what I thought at first glance. But then, you say it is a mock-up.
 

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Thanks fellas for all the good ideas and you hit my concerns on the head about the hand being a thumb.

I didn't like the hand after I made the clock, will improve that on future clocks.

The Knot looked solid and unobtrusive when I cut it out, but after I glued it up and was routing the out side profile ,it blew out on me. Rather than starting over and being as it was a mock -up, I filled it with wood putty and kept on going. The future clocks will have better wood.

I printed out the face myself on 8 1/2 X 11"PSA Label paper. It was drawn up by my cousin to my specifications. That is as large as I could print on letter sized paper. I can shrink the outside radius of the frame a tad to narrow the white margin.

The white background is white melamine coated tempered Masonite from Lowes. It doesn't show in the picture, but the 1/16" clear acrylic lens on the front ,I also got at Lowes.

The movement I bought on E-bay and comes with the hand included. it was hard to visualize the size of the hand before I got it. there were others with slim straight hands ,but they lacked character. Will improve on that though.



I used the MiterSet Jig to set up the table saw miter gauge to cut the angles, that was the easiest part of the project.



Stick,Why a 7-day clock? I am always a day early or a day late for appointments, Never can remember what day of the week it is. But these will be Christmas presents this year.

The little "bug" is my mark I put on all my work.


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Dan, no, the knot in the wood at thursday.

If there were knots on other pieces of wood randomly spread like on a normal pine board, it would be fine, but as there are 6 absolutely perfect pieces, my eye was instantly pulled to that piece of wood, even before i looked at the hand. To me, that knot swamps the otherwise beautiful workmanship.
Over the years I have discovered I look at objects in an inward spiral direction. Start at the top, go round clockwise and end up in the middle. If nothing jumps out and distracts me, then I look at the whole picture.
I told you I was weird, didnt I?
Knot?? I thought that was a coffee stain.
 

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Here is the first attempt at the 7-day clock, this is the mock-up for the real thing ,this one is made of a cedar stud.

what do you think? is the face OK? color OK? is there too much white around the face? Does the black hand look too clunky? Should it be a different color hand?

Herb
Herb I really like it but how are you going to top your mock up? I also like the white.
 
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