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Fence ensures a straight mortise
Fence ensures a straight mortise
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With the base aligned to cut the
mortises, lock the drill-press fence in
place, and drill overlapping holes with
a Forstner bit.

Fence ensures a straight mortise

4 To make the mortises, drill overlapping holes 1/4" deep in the base (C) where shown on the pattern in photo. Use a chisel to clean up the edges and square the corners of the mortises. Bandsaw or scrollsaw the base to shape.

5 Rout the 1/16" chamfer on the bottom of the base (C) using a starter pin, as you did earlier. Change to a 1/4" round-over bit, leave the starter pin in place, and rout the top of the base. Remove the pattern, and finish-sand to 220 grit.

Continued on page 6:  Assemble and finish


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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