Retirement Clock

Editor's Choice - Jun 15, 2016

First off, thanks to David for the idea! I loved it, had to make my own, with my own twist. My old manager just recently retired, so i wanted to make him one. I started out with some white oak, mahogany, and not sure if beech or something else.

Thanks to the guys that helped me identify what i had.

I first cut the floating back. I liked that line in the grain so i wanted that to stay in the piece.

I then cut out the 2 sides.

I took the pics next to the square to give you an idea of sizes. I did not want to use nails or screws, so i cut a slot in the sides to set the floating back. Jigged up my router table.

Once I got those done i drilled the hole in the floating back for the clock movement only to realize the screw for the hands was not long enough to protrude the 3/8" thick floating back. I partially routed the back side to allow the screw to protrude, i used my chisel to do what i didnt get with the router.

So the center is cut so i glued it and clamped it.

I was torn on the base, like i previously said i didn’t want to use nails or screws, but i felt a simple press on glued joint would not suffice (prob would, but i didnt like the look) I laid out where the sides would fall and took a chisel and made very shallow grooves.

Once that was done i was ready for assembly. This thing is about 9.5" wide, 9" tall, and about 4.25" deep, and it weighs 2.5lbs!! It feels solid. I am very happy with the results. Once again thanks David for the great idea!!

Woods: mahogany white oak beech?

Tools: router miter table chisels sanders

Tags: retirement clock

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jim webster ...

you done well

Thorreain ...

Very nice!

Jeff Vandenberg ...

Awesomeness! Very well Done.
I just picked up paduk, purple heart and yellow heart for a clock build myself. I’ll be posting soon on that clock.

TonyCan ...

Thanks a lot everyone!

David E. ...

Looks great Tony! I like the floating clock face!

TonyCan ...

Thanks David, and thanks for the great idea!!

a1jim ...

fun clock

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