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I thought it would be fun to share one of my project builds.

My sister requested one of my clocks for a Christmas present for her sister in law.

So I asked her what kind of clock she wanted. She replied, "Oh you, know a pretty one." So I asked her, "...a mantel clock, wall hanging, grandfather or something different?"

Her reply was, "any of those, just pretty...and no dragons, vampires, or skulls." In my head it was, "dang it! those are my top three themes".

So I am off to design and build a clock.

I talked to my wife and she also agreed no vampires or skulls for the clock. I was hoping for some moral support on a vampire clock for Christmas but noooo...she did suggest
flowers so I will be going with flowers.
 

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A somewhat classic design with black walnut and mahogany. My sister okay'ed the draft design and lumber choices and decided on hibiscus flowers so off to make some hibiscus flower patterns.

I use my cnc to embellish and decorate my woodworking. The mahogany panels (the lighter areas) will have the flowers carved on them and mirrored on either side.

May or may not throw in some turned columns. Final design still in play.

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... but dang way would someone not want a vampire.
Exactly! People have weird tastes if they can't see vampires are perfect for Christmas gifts! lol

Here is where I am at with the hibiscus flower.

Flower Plant Petal Organism Headgear


I also added color to a render because our eyes are used to seeing color and can pick out better inconsistencies.

Flower Plant Petal Tints and shades Flowering plant


Next need to model the leaves and stems. And then make the panel composition before working on the final design.
 

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Wise man to go with flowers. Love hibiscus. My dad had a heavy french accent and used to call them hot biscuits. He also bred them for unusual colors. Look forward to seeing this clock.
 

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Today was a frustrating day. My computer hard drive (software) crashed this morning and I spent most of today trying to salvage my files. Nothing worked so lost about 3 months worth of files/patterns. Including these for the project as well. Not a terrible loss since I can remake any of the individual files in an hour or less but still frustrating.

In the end I was able to do a factory reset on the computer so I at least have a working computer again. Tomorrow I'll start by remodeling the flower and leaves again and finalizing the plans since I have the sizes in my head.

lesson learned (again)...do periodic backups!
 

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Today was a frustrating day. My computer hard drive (software) crashed this morning and I spent most of today trying to salvage my files.
Forget backups. Sign up for DropBox. Files are automatically written to your account and updated whenever you close them. And they're encripted so no one else can get to them. Cheaper than buying a decent hard drive to back up on. I pay $99 a year for up to one terabyte. My daughter and I keep tens of thousands of business and personal files on it, and we never lose anything, and I can access every file from any computer. There are other similar services, but I can vouch for DropBox.

For passwords, I use phrases and special characters. Some are on signs on display in our living room, others are very obscure word combinations taken from the optometry field. Never a problem remembering them.
 

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Re-did the flower and did a quick leaf pattern. Placed a few on the pattern. I'll play with the proportions a bit more this afternoon to see how it fits the overall design and start making the final design decisions. The size is 2.5" x 7" x .2".

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Here are my final designs for consideration. I had a great ebay find a few years back. Someone was selling a box of new old clock faces they had gotten from a closed down clock store. I got 20 six inch metal faces for about 3 dollars a pop. I am down to about 10 faces left.

I am going to try a slightly less expensive quartz clock movement on this build and see how it works. I usually use a quartz tubular Westminster chiming movement.

I am leaning towards 1 or 3.

1. Brown Clock Wood Quartz clock Rectangle


2. Brown Wood Clock Rectangle Quartz clock


3. Brown Clock Rectangle Wood Quartz clock


I'll prepare the cut list this afternoon or tomorrow morning for the clock body. I have the cnc pattern ready to load up.

Not exactly sure how to do the back yet. Most times I just leave it open but since this is going to someone I don't know I am unsure whether to just slap on a 1/4" plywood back with easy fastners for battery swap outs.

Thoughts?
 

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Your design is very nice. I like it. My vote is to put a back on it. When I build my projects out of walnut, I use walnut for the back Instead of a lessor quality wood. No matter where you look at my projects, they are 100% walnut.

Just my opinion.
 

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I never account for wood glue up times properly. Some of the different sections are drying. I still have to work on the base.

It might be the perspective of the picture but the clock is not too big. Its about 18" x 12" x 4".

My go to is the tubular quad chime quartz movement. I am going to try a less expensive one this time around. I normally pay around $90 but the one I got was around $60. I want to see if there is a huge difference.
 

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Clock carcass complete. Now my favorite part! Finishing! (actually I hate finishing. Normally just spray on lacquer or poly and call it good)

On this piece I will apply 2 to 3 coats of tung oil, let dry and then finish with spray poly. The lumber just came out too pretty not to do a decent finish on it.

I ended up hating the feet I made so I am going without. I'll add some rubber button feet to protect the surface on whatever the clock sits on. I need to attach the metal clock face with 4 screws and finally add the back but all easy stuff.

So thanks all for joining me on my little project. Hope it was a fun follow.

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Clock carcass complete. Now my favorite part! Finishing! (actually I hate finishing. Normally just spray on lacquer or poly and call it good)

On this piece I will apply 2 to 3 coats of tung oil, let dry and then finish with spray poly. The lumber just came out too pretty not to do a decent finish on it.

I ended up hating the feet I made so I am going without. I'll add some rubber button feet to protect the surface on whatever the clock sits on. I need to attach the metal clock face with 4 screws and finally add the back but all easy stuff.

So thanks all for joining me on my little project. Hope it was a fun follow.

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Absolutely beautiful work! I hope the person that receives this clock realizes what a piece of craftsmanship it is. This is the type of work that is passed down through generations of families.
 

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Thank you. Its more design and lumber species used than craftsmanship.

In my younger days this would have taken days with tongue and groove construction and mortises all over the place. It was a point of pride not a single piece of metal would have been part of the construction and it had to take my weight regardless of size.

Now...this took a few hours (including cnc carving time) and there are screws and glue holding everything together. The designing portion took way longer. This is really a beginner level woodworking project that any woodworker at any level can build easily and quickly. Don't get me wrong, this is solidly constructed and it will last a lifetime of clock usage. :)
 
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