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  • #19700
    NikonD80
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    I started my Wall clock project this weekend and so far I’m having an absolute ball.
    I decided to start with my Journal: rather than scribbling down the dimensions I though I’d use this project as page one of my Journal. I have a problem starting a nice new blank book like this (in case I spoilt it) so using this project enabled me to get rid of the ‘blank page’ fear and christen the book.

    I got my timber from Wickes; it’s not the same dimensions as the wood used by Paul (it’s only ¾” thick for example) but I figured any adjustments needed wouldn’t be too onerous.

    I spent a happy Saturday afternoon cutting the parts to length was soon making a start on my housing-dadoes. By the end of the day, I had made decent start of the project.

    Next day, I was able to continue for a while so I carried on and fitted to rails and added the decorative beading – I was able to cut the grooves with my birthday present from my wife; a nice Stanley 13-050 Combination Plough Plane.

    The morning passed; I glued up the central panel and left it in the vise whilst I went and had a spot of lunch

    Keep Calm and have a Cup of Tea

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    #19705
    NikonD80
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    Part 2

    The afternoon was spent cutting the panel to size raising it. I found this quite a bit harder to do that I was expecting; I was OK doing the inside face as I didn’t take the angle down as far but the front face is not as crisp as I’d like. There’s definitely a couple of wobbly lines. Something for me to practice methinks.
    I probably won’t get a chance to carry on with this until next weekend but I had an absolute blast getting this far. I’ll post more when I carry on.

    Keep Calm and have a Cup of Tea

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    #19707
    Steve Follis
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    It’s looking Jon!!

    And I understand about your journal issues, I have scratch pads and copy paper scattered all over the place with sketches and dimensions on them. I have brand new, blank journals that I don’t use, thinking I might mess them up.

    Memphis, Tennessee

    #19709
    Eddy Flynn
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    thats coming along great Jon i bet you can’t wait to get back to it good luck

    Eddy .. Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
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    #19712
    Mark Armstrong
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    Considering you bought timber from Wicks you have done a grand job Jon.
    All joints look nice and tight. 😉

    Dagenham, Essex, England

    #19713
    Ken
    Participant

    Nice work Jon. 😉

    #19715
    David Gill
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    Looks good Jon, if you are not happy with how crisp the front panel looks you can always round off the sharp edges to give it the pillow effect.
    I made my first clock a while back but have just bought timber to make 3 more Christmas presents.

    Wigan, Lancs. England :

    #19721
    Scott V
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    Hey Jon-

    Funny I was just reviewing those clock videos this morning. I never did that project, but was seeing if I missed any techniques not covered on other projects. Your clock looks like it is coming along quite nicely! The panel in the photo looks good to me…

    I have the same Stanley 13-050 plough plane as you. It is not as cute as a Record 043, nor does it have the pedigree of a classic wooden plough, but it does what its told, and it does it quite well indeed.

    -Scott Los Angeles, California, USA

    #19888
    NikonD80
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    I found some time to do a bit more work on my wall clock. I followed Paul’s method of pillowing the front panel so the slight unevenness in my planeing was resolved. I’m quite please with the way it turned out. I also worked on the beading and added a couple of extra bits. I finally added a shadow line to the two rails where they meet the top and bottom parts – just a personal preference.

    I’ve got plenty of hole cutting gear from my Dalek building. A 4″ hole cutter is one of the first tools any Dalek builder buys and the clock I’ll be fitting is a 4″ one so I can afford to glue the clock up and then cut out the hole later.

    So, one photo of the clock just before glue up and another of it as it is now – all clamped up waiting for the morning. I’ve mixed up a new batch of Garnet Shellac so everything is ready for tomorrow afternoon.

    Keep Calm and have a Cup of Tea

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    #19891
    Mark Armstrong
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    It’s getting there Jon 😉
    Don’t forget to add to the gallery when finished.

    Dagenham, Essex, England

    #19894
    George Bridgeman
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    Fantastic progress, Jon. I’m interested in seeing how the garnet shellac looks. I’ve only used blonde but ordered some garnet this week to try on boxes. Looking forward to seeing your results!

    George.

    "To know and not do is to not know"

    #19919
    dborn
    Participant

    Looks good! I enjoy watching these projects come together. I like your journal as well. That is something I struggle with, but wish I had always kept from various times in my life.

    Cheers!

    #19934
    NikonD80
    Participant

    Thanks for the kind comments guys.

    George: I’d normally have gone for blonde shellac but the timber from Wickes looked a bit numb so I decided to warm it up a tad. Last time I used garnet it was on White Oak. I’d fumed the Oak with ammonia and it had gone a tad green so the warmed the Oak back up again without it going all dark brown.
    It has made the pine go a bit more yellow than I’d have liked but the piece looks good in the final location. I’m glad I tried things out on some scrap first so I could adjust things; the first two coats are garnet but any subsequent coats will be blond to stop the clock looking overly coloured.

    Dan: I’m currently keeping two journals: one is a sort of scrap book version where I will scribble things down and paste pictures of things that inspire me. The other is the one shown here. I call it my Wainwrght Journal because all the pen and ink drawings remind me of those walkers guide books written by ALfred Wainwright.

    Keep Calm and have a Cup of Tea

    #19944
    David Gill
    Participant

    Looking very nice Jon
    Are you mixing and your own shellac? I have to date only used the Sanding Sealer Paul recommended.
    Must ask Why did you build a Dalek? or was it more than one

    Wigan, Lancs. England :

    #19946
    NikonD80
    Participant

    Hi David,

    I mix my own shellac. I buy the shellac from here…
    http://www.workshopheaven.com/tools/Garnet_Shellac_Flakes_100g.html
    I buy my meths from B&Q. The purple stain they add to the stuff doesn’t have any impact on the final colour. I like the flakes because I only have to mix up what I need and there’s no waste (also, if I want to mix two colours together, I get a pretty god idea of how it’ll look before I add the meths). The flakes can sit on the shelf pretty much forever too whereas mixed shellac has a pretty short shelf life (at least that’s what I understand to be the case).

    Daleks: I originally built the Dalek because it was a childhood dream to own one (who doesn’t want to own their very own life sized Dalek?). I then found out that there are a lot of Dalek owners who use them for charity fundraising so I joined a group near to me and have raised money for Air Ambulance, Marie Curie, British Heart Foundation, Dogs Trust and about a dozen or so other charities. I named my Dalek ‘Nimrod’ and if you Google ‘Dalek Nimrod’ you’ll find him easily enough.

    Photo attached of him in his current paint job (well, he is partially made out of wood).
    He’s currently in retirement as I can’t afford the Public Liability Insurance at the moment. But one day HE-WILL-Re-TUURRRRNN!!! 😉

    Keep Calm and have a Cup of Tea

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