I actually started out to clean my shop. Really! Unfortunately, in the first corner I started to clean I discovered a bag containing half a dozen clock kits that I don’t even remember buying. Somehow, making a few clocks sounded WAY more interesting than cleaning.
Photo #1: One of the clock kits
This is a picture of one of the clock kits I found. It is complete with face, hands, movement, and the battery IS included. The shrink wrap packaging was a bit of a problem when it came to getting the hands out, though. I am glad that I did not want to use the second hands on these clocks, because I don’t think I managed to get even one of them out without damaging it. I had some walnut and maple around, so that is what I chose to make the clocks from. I milled some of the walnut to ¾” thick and some to ½” thick. The maple I milled to a bit over 1/8” thick. All of it was ripped to 2” width.
Photo #2: Setting up to cut the mitres Photo #3: First end trimmed
I made a stop block for my mitre saw with the end trimmed to the 22.5° angle required for the octagons. I cut the end of the stock to the angle, then flipped it edge for edge, slid it down to the stop and made the second cut.
Photo #4: Stock flipped and slid to stop Photo #5: First segment cut
After each cut the stock was flipped and slid down to the stop for the next cut. It didn’t take long to get a pile of segments.
Photo #6: Parts cut for several clocks