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Art deco desk clock

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Form the body and wings
Body Copy
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With a stopblock and feather board in
place, cut a groove in each side of the
body (A). Slide your hand on top of the
fence for safety.

Form the body and wings

1 Cut a 3/4 x 3 1/4 x 3" blank for the body (A). (We used lacewood and curly maple for the clock previous page, top and spalted maple and walnut for the one previous page, bottom.) Photocopy the Body Pattern, and adhere it to the blank with spray adhesive, aligning the bottom edge of the pattern flush with the end of the blank.

2 Using a 1 3/8" Forstner bit in your drill press, bore a hole 3/8" deep in the body (A) where marked on the pattern.

3 Bandsaw or scrollsaw the body (A) to just outside the pattern lines, then sand the edges to the lines.

4 To cut the stopped grooves on the sides of the body (A), install a 1/4" straight bit in a table-mounted router. Adjust the fence to center the bit in the 3/4" stock. Now set a stopblock so when the body is pushed across the bit, it stops at the indicated mark on the pattern, shown in photo. Rout the grooves on both sides of the body.

Continued on page 3:  Rout small parts safely


Comments (7)
Phellis wrote:

Is it a coincidence that todays shop tip and the Desk Clock both appear in the Nov. 2008 issue?

8/1/2013 05:09:58 PM Report Abuse
dbb wrote:

photodave, This will be my first clock to make. Looking foward to the challenge, thank you

2/28/2013 12:01:12 PM Report Abuse
lowellsites57 wrote:

Good idea

11/1/2012 04:24:49 PM Report Abuse wrote:

I made this clock 2 years ago with lacewood and curly maple. It was great but I would like to see a better way to make the mortises.

10/11/2012 07:47:07 PM Report Abuse
Klockit wrote:

The clock insert shown is Klockit's #15267 - White Arabic Dial with Chrome Bezel ( There are many other styles also available on the webpage that will also work here.

10/11/2012 10:27:04 AM Report Abuse
leohall wrote:

I'm sorry, am I being dense or did I miss where to get the clock? I'd like to build a couple of these for some friends. Thanks, Leo

8/12/2012 02:36:31 PM Report Abuse
bphillippe1 wrote:

i phillippe cbreault love woodworking i did when i was young thats my dream to be the best woodworker thank you guys love phil breault you are number one in my book thank you

6/10/2012 10:06:50 PM Report Abuse

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