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Last month I was at a BBQ and the house next door was cutting down their beautiful Eucalyptus tree.  I noticed they had a lot of spare tree trunk chunks, so I asked If i could have one and they said "Sure!".  I hauled the 150lbs stump back to my home and turned part of it into a beautiful stump wall clock.  

I made it at TechShop San Francisco and it was very easy to do!
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Step 1: Materials

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1.  Tree Stump
2.  Crosscut Saw
3.  Power Sander
4.  Glue
5.  Shellac
5.  Clock Kit

Step 2: Saw the clock off

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At this point you have a nice new stump that you want to turn into a clock.  Mark a 3/4" deep ring around the top of the stump. 

Now take the cross cut saw and begin sawing along this line.  Saw in few strokes so that there is a cut about 1/4" deep everywhere on this line.  This way your saw will be able to follow the line when you cut.  Now use a lot of elbow grease to saw through the stump.  

This took me 3 sessions of about 40 minutes of sawing.  Its a lot of work but at the end you have something really nice. 

Step 3: Glue the back

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Because this is likely a green piece of wood, there will be a lot of water in the slab you cut.  As a result it will be evaporating quickly out of the slabs end grain and will cause cracks.  I like the cracks in my slab, but if you want to prevent cracks or stop the cracking, lather glue on the side of the stump you don't plan on putting the hands on.  This will clog the wood pores and prevent water from exiting one half of the slab.
ccrome1 year ago
Was this too big to fit into the bandsaw? Or is there some other reason you didn't use the bandsaw?
pequnio3 (author)  ccrome1 year ago
I use Techshop for tools and the stump was 150 lbs and up 3 flights of steep San Francisco stairs, so I figured it would be easier to use a hand saw than haul it around. Put I'm sure a band saw would work better. Though my stumps diameter was around 18" so I'm not sure if a band saw could handle that well.
Ah, that's a heavy stump. Don't they have an elevator for that kind of thing?

That's one benefit of the SJ Techshop -- no stairs ;-)

poofrabbit1 year ago
I love how simple this is, and I am glad I read more the wood looked so small until I saw things to size reference. Well done!
Awesome! :)
Love it! great work :)