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Okay, NOW it's a clock!

As you can see, my clock insert came in the mail today. Used a 3" hole saw and it fits like a glove. One day I'll get a nice coping saw so I can do this by hand. Not a fan of using hole saws.

Decided to do the roundover with my palm router on the top and bottom after all. Not a full bullnose, just one edge. Any suggestions on how to get the burn marks out would be appreciated.

Finally, after looking at stains and finishes for over an hour tonight, I decided to keep it simple and went with Danish Oil. Did a test piece and it came out a nice light brown color with a satin glow. Just what the doctor ordered.
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Looks great Anthony, but I knew it would. Now you will never be late again.
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Now you will never be late again.
The whole family will be glad when this is done. We catch each other looking up at the nail in the wall where the old clock used to be all the time. I've even caught myself doing it, and I hated that old clock LOL!
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Beautiful work Anthony, Have you used hand scrapers? They are a little difficult to sharpen (turn the burr), but they can be used in difficult situations, and give you better results quicker than sandpaper.


You gave me the itch in regards of a bead plane. I am now in the planning stage, and I am going to make a pair of 1/4" wooden bead plane for my next project. It will be a side escapement type...one for each direction (to plane to the left/right) with the grain. I may possibly use bi metal sawzall blades for the irons. But for right now still thinking about the possibilities. I can see myself using a bead plane often, and figured why not?
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Beautiful work Anthony, Have you used hand scrapers? They are a little difficult to sharpen (turn the burr), but they can be used in difficult situations, and give you better results quicker than sandpaper.


You gave me the itch in regards of a bead plane. I am now in the planning stage, and I am going to make a pair of 1/4" wooden bead plane for my next project. It will be a side escapement type...one for each direction (to plane to the left/right) with the grain. I may possibly use bi metal sawzall blades for the irons. But for right now still thinking about the possibilities. I can see myself using a bead plane often, and figured why not?
Lie Nielsen has tapered moulding plane irons if you're going to try making your own. I've thought about buying some, but I really don't have the time to start making moulding planes right now.
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Andy, So far I have made around 15 hand planes. None have needed tapered irons, most have used 1/8" precision ground "Starret" O1 steel...All shaped and fitted, hardened and annealed by me. One of my favorites is one that is about 5" long and uses a bi metal sawzall blade for the iron, that is 1/2" wide. A bead plane is basically a rebate plane with a radius cut along the sole. it uses a narrow piece of boxwood to support the quirk (pointed part) of the iron while guiding it along the quirk (groove) of the bead.


Sorry Anthony, I don't mean to detract from your Clock posting.
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Beautiful work Anthony, Have you used hand scrapers? They are a little difficult to sharpen (turn the burr), but they can be used in difficult situations, and give you better results quicker than sandpaper.
I've used a scraper a few times, so I'll give it a shot. I just worry about this application since it's a curved surface.

As for your beading planes - any chance you'd price out making a 3rd? I know someone who would be interested in one!

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looks nice Anthony! what a great project, and you get to look at the finished item daily!
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I've used a scraper a few times, so I'll give it a shot. I just worry about this application since it's a curved surface.

As for your beading planes - any chance you'd price out making a 3rd? I know someone who would be interested in one!

Burn some scrap wood with your router again, to test your skill first before you do your good stuff...and you will know how to proceed.


As far as the bead plane, I am still in the planning stage. Once I am convinced of my plan using sketchup, I will make a pair (left and right hand) and I will document and photograph for everyone to see. Once I have the drawings done I can see if I have all the tools to make them. That's how I roll. It may be a couple weeks before I can start.
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Finished project. Added two coats of Danish Oil and this one is a done deal.

This was a fun build! Took me about a week, and part of that was waiting on supplies. I could probably knock one out in a few days, and with the low cost (about $40) in materials, would make a nice gift.
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Anthony, Beautiful clock, nice choice for the finish...I enjoyed your documented build. Don't forget to enter this build in your personal journal.
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Gonna build another clock.

There won't be any build pics this time, since it's the same project. I found this piece of Rainbow Poplar today and thought it would make a neat looking clock.

I came across this modern blue face when I was looking for a clock insert for the first build, so I ordered it for this one.
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Got all pieces cut to width and rough length, so I figured I'd share the mock-up. I used about every inch of that board to make sure I got the most out of the figuring. I should be able to cut the center panel so the stripe in the middle is centered instead of diagonal. Hopefully there's enough wiggle room.

Anyway, see ya in about a week with the finished product!
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Dang thats some beautiful wood!! (the poplar I mean)
Loved the clock and the way you document your work. Please keep on sharing your work with us.

Ok now you should build an ugly clock, go to the inlaws, hammer a nail in their wall and hang the ugly clock on it. Then stand back and present it as your finest piece ever.
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Dang thats some beautiful wood!! (the poplar I mean)
Loved the clock and the way you document your work. Please keep on sharing your work with us.

Ok now you should build an ugly clock, go to the inlaws, hammer a nail in their wall and hang the ugly clock on it. Then stand back and present it as your finest piece ever.
That's funny!
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Here it is...

6 coats of satin polycrylic finished off this project. I went with a water-based finish to prevent the poplar from yellowing, yet bring out the other colors. Sanded between each coat with 220 grit.

The wife and kids laughed at me when the blue clock face came in the mail, but I knew I'd prove them wrong in the end. Sadly, the photo doesn't show the full spectrum of color in the rainbow poplar. There are subtle blues, greens, and purples and the blue face really makes them pop. The rainbow also has...a sheen. I don't know how to describe it, really. It's almost like there's glitter embedded in the wood.

I decided not to cut the panel so the stripe ran parallel. I thought it looked fake and manufactured. This way is more visually interesting.
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Anthony, Your wood selection and layout for this clock is awesome. Beautifully done!
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What a knockout piece! I didn't like the colors in poplar before, but then you showed me this. Now I have to rethink what I can do with poplar. Well done indeed!
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WOW!! That really turned out great. I knew that wood was going to look good but i wasnt expecting it to stand out like that. Great job bud. Hope I can do half as well on my stuff. May the day soon.come when I actually get started.
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Boring boring boring.. You should only post extremely exciting stuff..
I'm kidding.. You're fine and if someone does feel bored that's their problem and extraordinarily irrelevant. You do nice work.
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