Oak Clock Made With Router

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Introduction: Oak Clock Made With Router

This oak clock I made with wood from a tread from an old staircase, the same wood as I used for this cutting board

Materials:
- Wooden oak board
- Clockwork
- Keyhole hanger (incl. screws)
- Piece of wood cut in 60 (or 30) degree angle for measuring positions of hour markers
- Raw linseed oil (Be aware that rags used for applying linseed oil can spontaneously catch on fire, so make sure to dispose of them properly)

Tools:
- Router
- Straight router bit
- Round router bit
- Planer
- Drill
- Fine grained sandpaper
- Screwdriver

Process:
First I cleaned up the board using a sharp piece of metal on a handle to scrape off the top millimeter. This was necessary because the board surface was in bad shape (sand, pieces of glass), and I didn't want to damage the planer. 

After that I put it through the planer.

The round shape was cut using a router with a circle cutting jig and a straight router bit. I had to do .5cm depth at a time since that's what the router could handle.

The hole in the back for the clockwork was made with a straight router bit.

The individual hour markers were made using a rounded router bit. The darkening of the wood was a coincidence and a result of the router bit burning the wood a little. To find the exact spot for each marker, I first used a regular squares tool for the hours 12, 3, 6 and 9. I then cut a 60 degree angle piece of wood and drew the lines for the rest of the markers based on that and the existing lines. 

After routing the hour markers, I then treated the wood with raw linseed oil.

The clockwork I inherited from my grandmother who used to make clocks out of old vinyl records. There was also a red second hand, but the color didn't fit with the wood, so I left it out.

Finally I bought and attached a keyhole hanger. I first drilled about .5cm into the back to allow space for the screw head when hanged and then attached it with two small screws.

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    I have been saying for a while that I need a clock for my workshop. Thanks for a quick, handsome how-to. I hope to get to this project next week.

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    nice job, sometimes simple is best. Its maybe worth mentioning that rags used to apply linseed oil can get hot and ignite when drying if left scrunched up. I leave mine laying out flat to dr. Strangle but true fact

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    That's a good point, I had a vague memory of hearing this somewhere, but stupidly ignored it. I have now properly disposed of the rags, and will include a note in the instructable. Thank you!

    Thank you, I try to only use wood that others threw out or gave away.
    It adds an interesting constraint to what I can do with it since I don't choose the shape or form that it comes in.
    In this case it was a 100cm by 20cm rectangular piece of wood, so no real constraints to speak of except that I wanted to find a use for the clockworks I just inherited.
    I still have three more, and I'm looking for inspiration if anyone has ideas.