For this project you will need some materials:
A blank that measures, 10" square by 3/4 thick. (This can very depending on how think an outer ring you want)
A CD (I microwaved mine for 3 seconds)
Clock moment (Klockit.com has great prices)
Lathe with at least a 10" swing
Table saw or hand saw
3/8 drill bit
Lets get started....
Step 1: Preparing the clock blank
I cut down two pieces to 10" long on my table saw. You could also do this on a miter saw, radial arm saw or even with a hand saw.
I then jointed one edge of each 5" board to give me a clean glue joint. Again I used my table saw, but a jointer, router or even a hand place can clean up an edge to give you a gap free glue joint)
I applied glue and clamped the boards in place. I waited 4 hours for the glue to dry before attempting to turn.
Step 2: Cutting Corners
On a 10" square blank this will add a lot a stability to the turning, allowing you to turn at higher speed and cutting quite a bit of time roughing the blank to round.
I then centered the blank on my 3" faceplate and secured it with 4 wood screws
Step 3: Turning the clock
I used a bowl gouge, but a roughing gouge could also be used.
Clean up the edge and add a profile detail it you like. I went with about a40 degree chamfer on the back and a round over on the front edge.
Then flatten the front with your scraper or bowl gouge and sand the project. I went up to 400 grit.