Picture of Walnut Wall Clock, with a splash of geek
This is a turned walnut wall clock with an inset  CD.

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)
Super Glue
Clock moment (Klockit.com has great prices)


Lathe with at least a 10" swing
Turning tools
Table saw or hand saw
3/8 drill bit
Bench chisel
hand drill
forstener bit

Lets get started....
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Step 1: Preparing the clock blank

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I didn't have a 10" square blank, but I did have a 5" wide walnut board.

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

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I cut the corners off at the band saw.

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

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Rough turned the clock until it is round and spinning true.

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.