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Rout small parts safely
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Use a starter pin and a push pad for
safety when freehand routing the
chamfers on the front and back of the
body (A).
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Rout small parts safely

5 Using a 45 chamfer bit in your table-mounted router, cut a 1/16" chamfer around the front and back faces of the body (A), shown in photo. (You'll use the same setup to chamfer the base [C] shortly.) Remove the pattern, and finish-sand the body to 220 grit.

6 Cut two 1/4 x 1 3/4 x 3 1/4" blanks for the wings (B). Make two copies of the Wing Pattern and adhere one to each blank, with the long, straight edge of the pattern flush with the edge of the blank. Bandsaw or scrollsaw the wings to shape, then sand away any saw marks on the cut edges. Remove the pattern, and finish-sand the wings to 220 grit.

Continued on page 4:  Now make the base


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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