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    grandfather clock idea for the state fair

    this one took a while to figure out, but here it is. i haven't figured out what wood to use, but i'm thinking either quartersawn white oak, cherry, or african mahogany. i've included views from sketchup, and rendered by podium.
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    That's awesome Dan, a traditional piece in a contemporary style. I assume the clock part is some sort of digital model?

    My only suggestion is that the legs, to me, are a bit beefy and over powering. I would try thinning them out some.

    Tony
    Last edited by Tony Falotico; 02-17-2009 at 11:53 AM.

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    thanks tony! no, i will be using a traditional clock face with hands. the chimes will be digital though. the legs are a bit on the sturdy side, at the bottom they are 1 5/8" x 4", and taper up from there. they're only that way for stability, since both the clock and bottom cases are free hanging, and the only connections to the legs are the front to back hangers for both cases, and the middle shelf. aside from the plant stand, this is one of my most evil of evil thought projects.
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    I like the contemporary Asian cues. Would the clock box "head" of the piece be more prominient if it extended up taller than the 4 posts? The posts could get shorter, but i think it might lighten the entire piece if the head box were simply moved up so that it was taller than the posts. It might reinforce the design heirarchy i think you're looking for.
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    oh, i will be having fun with it! its one of the most complicated items that have oozed thier way up out my evil thought pool, this side of the plant stand that i built for last year's fair.

    i'm pretty sure that this will be the reaction of my family when i start to build it -->
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    That is a very cool looking piece Dan. Can't wait to see it finished.
    Darren

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    thanks darren! what i think i will do with this one, is to keep a photo record of the build.
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    That looks great Dan How tall is it? Dose the fair get a lot of woodworking entries?
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    it's going to be six feet tall when finished. we do get quite a few entries in different catagories. from toys, kayaks, canoes, and carvings, to musical instruments, frames and furniture. i've usually had one or more items entered, and have taken 2nd through 4th (with 94 out of a possible 100 pts) each time. i figure either i've been lucky, or the judges have left thier seeing eye dogs at home (trying to stay humble here).
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