Hi folks,
I had been away from the tools for about a year and was looking for something to spark a bit of enthusiasm into things.


Looking through one of my books for some encouragement I found a little clock, I had a piece of Oak worktop that would fit in nicely.

I cut two triangles some 7.1/4" (183mm approx) and finding the center drilled a hole deep enough to take the mechanism,- the original used open faced pointers but I decided to use a complete unit.

The hole as drilled was not big enough for the unit to fit ( the biggest Forster bit I had was 2.1/8" ) so the blank was mounted in the lathe a chucking stub glued in place, tuned to true, flipped round and the hole for the clock enlarged to suit ( be aware that the difference between a nice fit and too big is small! and the retaining springs are strong!).Those nice crisp edges can be a little sharp and vulnerable to chips so I fixed that using the router with a small cove bit to ease the sharp edges just a little.

The finish is your choice, I used a beeswax/ liquid paraffin mix with three coats giving a semi matte effect.

I happened to have Oak worktop but if you keep your eyes open when someone is having a new kitchen fitted there will be offcuts available ( the cutout for the bowl alone is a good piece!).
After my two triangular clocks I was left with two pieces which were too small to make the same again but too large to throw away!

What to do? I am also a member of the Brampton Woodworker Club so have access to the planer so using this and checking that the fence is set to 90 degrees I ran the two pieces through this to ensure that I had a match.
Before gluing up I used my biscuit jointer to ensure that any movement was minimal I glued- up and used a strap "tie-down" to hold tight in place.

The procedure continued as previously, initial hole drilled, chucking point glued, trued and hole enlarged to suit ( a 100mm clock was fitted this time)
The edges again eased using the router sanded and finished again using the beeswax and mineral oil

Take great care and keep on making things!

David Gordon

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