Wooden Clock

I had an idea to create a simple wooden clock face where the familiar clock dial was evoked through the basic shape and grain of the material. I wanted to try to wrap the wood grain around a full circle with subtle changes in grain direction marking the hour divisions. Originally I was just going to make one clock with red oak but there was a lovely bit of walnut that I couldn’t resist buying at the same time and I also ended up with apiece of oak twice as long as I needed. So three clocks with only 2.5 times the effort.

Cutting the 30-degree triangle sections using a miter gauge.
No matter how carefully you adjust the miter gauge, errors accumulate. So the best I could do was get as close to 90-degrees for 3 sections but be slightly over so I could trim to square later.
The basic idea of wrapping the grain around 360 degrees.
Here’s the sections as they came out of the piece of 5.5″ wide stock.
Here’s the Walnut sections before glue up.
Gluing a quarter section together, finicky.
Four quarter sections stacked up ready to square up on the table saw cross-cut sled.
Gluing 4 quarter sections together. This wasn’t the best way and it left me with some gaps to fill.
The three clock faces sanded with first coat of finish. I started with the water based Varathane satin polyurethane, but I really didn’t like the results after a couple of coats. So I sanded it off and started again with Arm-R-Seal wipe on polyurethane which worked much better.
I found these very neat brass key-slot plugs for hanging onto a screw head and I fabricated wooden holders to attach them to the backside of the clock face.
Gluing the key-slot to the back of the clock.
Three finished clocks.