Clocks

A friend of ours, Melvin Sudbeck, has a construction company with a unique company  logo. I decided to make a few different clocks in the shape of the logo for him.

 

 

For the desk mount clock I cut a 1 ¾” thick block out of a tree limb of some colorful Walnut.
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Using a “Jasper” circle guide,  router out a circle 1/2″ deep.

 

 

 

Then you will want to drill four holes clear through the block in a square pattern the size of the clock mechanism that you will be using. Using either a Jig Saw or a Scroll Saw, cut out the square for the clock mechanism.

 

 

 

For the smaller keyhole shape at the bottom I used a forstner bit to make the recessed hole. Then I used the router to cut out the wedge shape under the hole.
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Using the circle guide I routered out the shape of the disc to fit inside the original circle I made in the Walnut block. I picked a contrasting color disc for the clock face.
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The clock face can only be 3/16” thick for the clock mechanism to attach to. So after routering the disc shape, then you saw the disc to 3/16”. You have to leave the disc shape attached to the thick board because you can’t resaw a round board on a bandsaw.

 

 

I drilled ¼” holes in the clock face and glued ¼” dowels in it for the 12 hour markings. Cut and install the dowels proud and then after the glue dries, sand them flush.
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Take some of the left-over 3/16 board to cut out the keyhole shape to put in the  recessed keyhole.  Five light coats of “True Oil” brought out the colors of the woods nicely.
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For the wall clocks, using the router circle guide, I cut out a hole big enough for the clock mechanism. Then I routered a 3/16” thick disc for the clock face. I tried both ¼” button plugs and stick-on raised numbers for the clock faces.
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I always prefer to use a keyhole router bit on the back of  wall hangings for a hanging slot. This is especially important for these clocks because it is hard to pinpoint where the center of the weight of the clock will be.100_1398

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