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Old 09-10-11, 01:21 PM
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Christmas Gift Idea........for the man who almost literally has everything...

Here's my idea. My Uncle is an avid sailor, so given that he's incredibly hard to get a gift for, I thought I'd make him a custom clock. The clock will be mounted on a really nice plate of a patterned, grainy basswood, with a nautical hemp line border around the clock face itself.and the face is here.....thoughts?
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Old 09-10-11, 01:28 PM
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That clock kind of suggests that any hour is sailing time LOL. That's a great idea Tom.
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I like the idea...although, I would probably just put hash marks at each hour rather than the word sail for every hour.
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I like the idea...although, I would probably just put hash marks at each hour rather than the word sail for every hour.
He's a sailing fanatic, though, Modo. Alfster got the idea in one try. That was my exact intent, Alfster.
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if possible, I'd take out the minute hand and change the hour hand into a NS compass dial.
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Here's a rough idea of what it's going to look like
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If that was for me and had a picture of my car with 'drive' at each hour, I'd love it. Wonderful idea, Tom. Do it.
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I foresee it being hung in pride of place before the next present is opened.
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Here's a rough idea of what it's going to look like
Great idea Tom. I am quite sure it would be appreciated.
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It struck me that instead of plain wood, the outer rim could be made to look like a porthole, perhaps with some added hardware.

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And I have the hemp rope braided and spliced into a loop. This is just to give you all an idea of what it'll look like when secured. It'll also be much more uniformly placed once I secure it.

Next steps are apply the varnish....I'll be using Marine Spar Varnish, & glue down the clock face. After that, I'll secure the hemp rope ring. Then I'll drill out the hole for the clock shaft and set in the movement.
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It struck me that instead of plain wood, the outer rim could be made to look like a porthole, perhaps with some added hardware.

I really want to stay simple. I like the spliced nautical rope theme. Thanks for the suggestion, though.
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It struck me that instead of plain wood, the outer rim could be made to look like a porthole, perhaps with some added hardware.
Some nice big brass bolt heads would do the trick for that - and some nice varnish.

Or some turned wood handles (from some cooking implement or tool that you tear apart?) fixed around it could make this look like a helm wheel.
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And I have the hemp rope braided and spliced into a loop. This is just to give you all an idea of what it'll look like when secured. It'll also be much more uniformly placed once I secure it.

Next steps are apply the varnish....I'll be using Marine Spar Varnish, & glue down the clock face. After that, I'll secure the hemp rope ring. Then I'll drill out the hole for the clock shaft and set in the movement.
It's looking good Tom. I'm glad you didn't position the picture 5mm higher. It would have looked a bit 'suspect' between the 9 and 6 o'clock positions.
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So, the wood plate is finished and the clock face glued into place. Now, some advice.....I need to glue down the braided hemp border, so what adhesive does Foo recommend? I'm thinking epoxy, myself. Thoughts?

By the way, the varnish definitely brought out the grain in the wood, didn't it?
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Since only one material is porous, I'm thinking hot glue gun.
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Shouldn't there be a bass somewhere in the pic too?
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