Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 18

Thread: Skeleton clock

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Kirkintilloch, Scotland.
    Posts
    230

    Skeleton clock

    This is a Spalted Birch and Wenge clock I had finished with 3 coats of spray poly but did not like the plastic look or feel of it . I rubbed down the poly with oooo steel wool and applied wax over it to give a softer finish.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	sp skelton clock 2 copy.jpg 
Views:	107 
Size:	76.0 KB 
ID:	23442 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	sp skelton clock 2a copy.jpg 
Views:	47 
Size:	30.5 KB 
ID:	23443

    The Wenge is a sink cut out from a kitchen worktop.
    the second photo is a bit out of focus.......... will do better comments and critque welcome.
    "Every day's a school day"

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Alexandria, Virginia
    Posts
    1,071
    Being honest John, the base doesn't do this absolutely beautiful clock justice. I realize you put a lot of effort into the base, but I feel it distracts from the clock.

    I mean no disrespect at all.

    Beautiful clock.



  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Kirkintilloch, Scotland.
    Posts
    230
    Thanks for your comment Frank. My son said the base reminded him of a Chinese Junk All comments are welcome because how else are we to learn if what we are doing is improving or not. Design is down to individual taste but their is a still the point of does it work or not the comments I have read about my own posts and others does help me with my learning process and it is thanks to the people like yourself that reply to posts that the learning curve is maybe not as high as it was. Thanks.
    "Every day's a school day"

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Goodland, Kansas
    Posts
    4,834
    John that is a beautiful clock. IMHO I would have used the same wood for the base myself but that is just me. Well done.
    Bernie W.

    Retirement: Thats when you return from work one day
    and say, Hi, Honey, Im home forever.

    To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Hardinsburg, KY
    Posts
    277
    Bernie had a good idea to make the base the same wood instead of the contrasting dark wood. However, an even simpler fix to the issue, IMHO, that seems to bother all of us might be to flip the base over. What seems to be bother me anyway is that it looks to be ready to topple over. We don't want things to be "anchored into the table", but we don't wont them looking like there just about to fall over either. Maybe lighten it up weight wise and flip it over on the next one. This clock is a fine piece and you did a great job on it. And like you said, design is an individual thing up to a point. There are some universal design flaws that we all make though and we can help each other with some of them when they begin to be obvious. I hope this makes sense and is helpful for the next wonderful clock that you make.
    Last edited by Doug Miller; 09-01-2008 at 04:32 PM.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Posts
    11,825
    I think the way the base is now gives the clock a 'floating' look.
    Nuttin' wrong wid it. It is the artists expression. My vote: Leave as is.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Des Moines, IA
    Posts
    854
    I'll go with Frank. I like it.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Austin TX
    Posts
    405
    John,

    Great looking clock. Well done. I tend to like the base. To me it works having the contrasting woods. Just my .02 cents worth.

    Regards,
    Lee Laird
    Austin TX

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    ABQ NM
    Posts
    30,002
    Very nice work, John. This is one you should be proud of. I like it fine as-is, but I also like Doug's suggestion to flip the base over. The contrasting wood colors work for me.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

    workingwoods.com

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Kirkintilloch, Scotland.
    Posts
    230
    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Miller View Post
    There are some universal design flaws that we all make though and we can help each other with some of them when they begin to be obvious. I hope this makes sense and is helpful for the next wonderful clock that you make.

    Doug this is what makes this forum so interesting, people on it give their opinions good or bad but they also give their thoughts on how to improve and help with design. When doing the clock I had locked the design in my head and did not deviate from it so having other people suggest how to change it may open up new doors in my design process.
    Looking at the clock as I am typing this I can see that what people have suggested will work and I will be attempting another clock soon so the suggestions will be tried out to see how it looks.

    I would like to thank everyone for their comments, it is good to have people other than family (whose comments are nearly always good ) to look at and critique the work done Thank You.
    "Every day's a school day"

Similar Threads

  1. Cottage Clock
    By Jim Gray in forum Flatwork Project Showcase
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 10-03-2012, 12:51 AM
  2. Hey, it's 5 o'clock somewhere...
    By Ken Cook in forum Off Topic Discussion
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 09-13-2012, 01:41 AM
  3. Clock & Box
    By Rennie Heuer in forum Flatwork Project Showcase
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 11-21-2011, 02:44 AM
  4. A Hall Clock
    By Dave Richards in forum Designs, Plans and Sketches
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 03-28-2011, 06:56 PM
  5. Clock Bowl
    By Dennis Kranz in forum Lathe Project Showcase
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 03-06-2010, 02:16 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •