The idea was to start simple and easy and to understand how wood “behaves” with the various activities one does with it … viz cutting, sanding, gluing etc.
Initially I had thought of going for a simple 1’ x 1’ laminate or wood piece and just drill a hole in the middle. It is easy to reuse a laminate piece if you can find one lying around the house but quite difficult if you go to a shop for such a small requirement. Usually, the shops carry standard sized (something like 4’ x 6’) wooden boards and laminates. Some may allow you to buy half the size but most would insist that you buy all-or-nothing.
Instead, I found some good looking wooden sticks quite easily. Most probably they are used as fillers or as input to turning out edges or beading as it is called in local parlance. The hindi word is probably pataan, though I am not so sure.
The sticks were all light colored and had good texture which I though I could later enhance if I decide to color or stain. But since it was a first off, even if I did not do any thing with the color, the wood looked decent to be used as-is. The surface of the sticks was quite smooth and I did not have much trouble to sand it using 80, 120 and 320 number sand paper.
I cut the sticks into 9” pieces as I visualized a 9” x 9” sized clock. While it was easy to cut the wood using a cross cut saw, I realized that it was not the best job in terms of the finish. As can be seen, the individual strips did not line up perfectly flush with the ruler.
To hide the flaw of the irregular cut, I decided to place the sticks in a step like fashion. this broke the visual line and helped hide the not so perfect finish.
I marked out two parallel lines on the table with half an inch gap between them. This was to act as a guide for placing the sticks at the correct position. I used the width of the stick itself to place the sticks at a uniform distance from each other. Since the sticks were light, they tend to move quite easily, so as a jugaad, I just taped them face-down on the table.
The clock mechanism was bought from a local watch repair shop. It had a screw-on mechanism to hold it in place with the clock body. Slightly expensive than the glue-on variety but it can be repaired/changed if required. I drilled a hole of 8mm in the middle and stuck the clock mechanism through it.
A simple hook from the local framing shop was added to hang the clock on the wall.
I was quite happy with the result and am already thinking of making a few more to gift to friends & family.