I did promise to make a clock video on my next order but who would of thought it would be the same one Paul did. I never got an order for this one before and in case your wondering I did ask if I could sell them and he said yes. The Arabic writing is the name of the person this clock is going out too there are 7 in total and I haven’t faintest what it say’s. The original calligraphy was hand done and I redrew it in autocad t make scrollable.
The timber I used is New Guinean Rosewood with plenty of reversing grain, unfortunately on one of the beads I wasn’t paying attention to the direction of the grain tore on me pretty badly. There was nothing I could do to fix it, it is one of those you have to look for to spot it though.
Obviously this clock is in clamps drying but once the finish goes on, it will look rather nice. I’ll start the editing process tonight so I’ll upload asap, I suppose it won’t be much interesting to watch if you’ve already seen Paul’s video but heck how I was supposed to know it was going to be this clock.
The scroll work on the sides was very time consuming, it took me 3 or 4 hours to complete as they are so tiny, I also broke many blades in the process. Choosing the right blade for scrolling is a must and finding that blade on the market is next to impossible. No two blades of the same mark (2/0) are the same. To do very detailed work you need a blade thickness of .008-.0010″ a 1/0 will work but will break and so will the 2/0. You have blades that have reversing teeth to give you a splinter free cut but not many of these types of blades are available in the sizes I need. Germany produces the best blades in the world but finding a reseller for the right blade is also difficult. So every blade is worth it’s weight in gold. The scrollsaw I use is an Excalibur 30″ model, I have had saw upgraded that many times to make it a high quality saw that I couldn’t even tell you what I actually did to it. I’ve been fortunate that a friend of mine who worked in the machine shop did all the upgrades for me. When they first released this model it was really crappy and those that didn’t do the upgrades are most probably frustrated with it unless of course they use it once in a while which then it will work fine but for industrial use you definitely need to change the parts in it. Also constant calibration is needed on any scrollsaw especially when changing out to different blade thicknesses. The calibration is to minimalise the vibration in the blade.
Well I sincerely hope you do watch these videos I make and you get benefit from them. Stay tuned for the first release.