It’s interesting how inspiration hits you. This clock was inspired by a few sources. I have always been a fan of nautical style desktop clocks. Do a quick Google images search and you will see what I’m talking about. Combine those with a really cool bandsaw box made by The Drunken Woodworker and add an episode of DIY Network’s Wasted Spaces and I came up with this.
The main body of the clock is poplar. To give it a nice contrast I wanted to add a thin strip in front and back of a darker wood. I really wish I had access to some walnut locally but unfortunately red oak and poplar are the only hardwoods I can find without venturing too far. The thin strips and the clock face parts are red oak.
The clock movement was purchased from a local box store for $5. It’s funny how you can purchase a cheap-o clock movement for $5 or you can dismantle an assembled dollar store clock to get the exact same movement for about $1. I guess it costs more to package something than assemble it.
This is one of those projects that was a disaster behind the scenes in the shop. It was a weekend full of mostly dumb mistakes and waaaaaay too much of “where did I put that?” The clock also didn’t turn out the way I had hoped. When cutting the profile I opened up a nasty knot that I thought for sure I would miss. The magnets I got were also not strong enough. Well…they were plenty strong if mounted in the appropriate orientation. I tossed around how to add the hidden storage part. My original design had a hinge in the back that was secured with one magnet at the top. In order for that to work I had to remove most of the actual storage drawer to clear the front of the clock when opened. I ended up going with vertically placed magnets and doubled them up. This allows for the drawer to be pulled down from below.
I hope you enjoy the video and hope that you may find a bit of inspiration in it. Thanks for watching.