Burl clock - new woodwork project
Thought you might like to see my latest project. Title says it all.
Here's a project I've been working on for friends, it's a clock Jessie rescued from a charity shop (excuse the awful phone photos):
1. Clock with no work done, note the liberal use of Poly:
2. The back-side of the clock; because of the natural fault in the wood, it was very weak (I nearly snapped it in half whilst sanding it down). So I performed some constructive surgery, by building up layers of PVA glue (wanted something strong but flexible and easy to clean up given I was pouring it in by hand and would leak through to the front). This took hours to do but was very worthwhile. The black outlines were where I'd sketched out the largest surface area possible to reinforce it with wood. Turns out I don't need to do this because of the glue:
3. Sanded to 1500 grit, multiple layers of Tung oil worked into the wood to bring out its natural beautiful lustre:
4. Now given 7 layers of beeswax, to really give it a clean shine:
5. All was well with the world. I checked back on it a few days later and can you imagine my upset when I saw the finish had now done this:
Disaster! The oil hadn't cured properly and was playing games. So back to bare wood it was (ugh) and time to start again. I bought a book on wood finishing and sought help online (woodwork forums is a great resource).
6. Redid the clock and using the forum's advice, used something other than beeswax, which I was told has a low melting point, so will attract dust and fingerprints really easily. I'm very happy with the finish now, looks much better than before and is almost mirror like:
Nice reflection there
Part of the reason I love burls is the chaotic way they capture the light, due to the lack of uniformity.
To me this is the money shot (even though it's a touch out of focus lol). It feels like silk to touch now. I'm going to clean off the residual wax that's been caught in the holes and polish that out too. I'll add more pictures once the hands have been fit and it's ready to go.
Speakers: Usher mini dancer II DMD
Preamp: MFA Baby reference mk ii TVC
Amp: Sanders Magtech
DAC: Longdog VDT1 transformer coupled DAC
Source: Self built PC (SOtM pcie usb output card with upgraded ultra low jitter clock card, Paul Pang RAM, pure SSD, passive cooling & Paul Hynes Audio SR7EHD psu providing power on separate rails to each SSD, the CPU and SOtM card)
Power: Isotek Aquarius Evo3 (Schuko)
Cables: Speaker cables - TQ Ultra Black, Interconnects - SLIC Innovations Eclipse C x2, Curious USB cable x3
Ancilleries: USB regen, Acoustic Revive rgc24 under dac, Acoustic Revive QR - 8 (inside DAC) Stillpoints under amp, Shunyata darkfield v2 elevators under cables, Franc Audio isolation platforms under speakers, RDC combi-bases and spikes under oak platforms on everything, Hi fi Tuning Supreme throughout, Akiko Audio Tuning Sticks on speaker cables and inside DAC
Software: JRiver MC21, Dirac room correction