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Desktop Clock

???It tells the time, but keeps a secret.

By Jock and Susan Holmen

This clock holds a secret—a compartment
for candy—and its construction involves a few
secrets as well.

Such as this: The case is made from 1/2"-thick
mahogany plywood. You won’t find this material
at most lumberyards, so you’ll be making
your own by gluing together two layers of 1/4"

Another secret: You’ll be gluing the moldings
to the plywood case first, then mitering the parts
later. This simplifies the building process and
sure beats mitering all the moldings individually.


Tools and materials

To build this clock, you’ll need a tablesaw,
a planer, a router table and a drill
press. You’ll be using a couple of special
router bits: a classical bead and cove
bit and a 1/8" roundover bit. You’ll also
need an adjustable circle cutter to cut
the round clock opening (see Sources, below).

The clock is made from Honduras
mahogany plywood and lumber, with
some wenge trim. Wenge (pronounced
wen-gay or wenj) is a dark-brown tropical
hardwood that nicely complements
mahogany’s reddish-brown color.

For the clock case, you’ll need 1/4"-
thick mahogany plywood.


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