A Natural Edge Shop Clock

Making a natural edge shop clock.

Watch this video and see how to make a natural edge shop clock with inside out growth rings.

My plan was to use two slaps of alder I got when I made my chainsaw license/certification. To make it more interesting I wanted to inverse the growth rings by cutting the two pieces into triangles and reglue them inside out.


First I had to remove the chainsaw marks and after some problems at the lathe I finally got rid of them with my plane.

I used my circle to draw a more or less complex pattern onto the slaps to create the most biggest pieces of inside out triangles. The pointed angle has to be 30° so that 12 of them create a circle. One piece for each hour.

Unfortunately there was a lot of waste after cutting all pieces on the band saw but maybe I can use it in a future project.

For contrast I also resawed a piece of walnut and glued everything in an alternating pattern together. I chopped up the bark I cut off earlier and reglued it to the clock.

In the end I finished everything with boiled linseed oil. Unfortunately the clock was very dark after that…

Finally I attached the clock mechanics.


  • avatar
    July 8, 2015 - 4:13 am | Permalink

    You have great patience along with your amazing skill and ideas!
    Loved your 2×4 contest entry!


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    Henry Christian
    February 20, 2016 - 11:30 am | Permalink

    Beautiful I appreciate your wonderful ideas and ability. You are very artistic. You are bookmarked at the top of my wood working list. Thank you for sharing.

    Regards, Henry

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