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Pallet Wood Guitar and Spitfire Clock Update 25 August 2019

Pallet Wood Guitar and Spitfire Clock Update 25 August 2019

Been having a bit of a push to try and get  some “in progress” projects completed. One of these is the Spitfire clock that I have been making for a friend who wants to gift it to someone. The clock face itself was pretty much complete apart from 3 applications of Danish oil and them a few coats of wax to seal it.

Pallet wood Spitfire clock

Then it was just a matter of fitting the clock mechanism and fitting the hands and that was that, job done!

Below is a close up of the Spitfire, it was first traced onto the clock face and then burnt into the wood using a Pyrography pen. 

Moving onto the Long ongoing project, the Pallet Wood Guitar clock. I have been thinking for a while about how I was going to make the frets on the guitar neck. Initially the idea was to cut grooves and insert copper wire as frets. But in the end this was not possible as I couldn’t cut the slots for the frets near the bridge end of the neck.

So I resorted to my found activity of Pyrography to save the day. As you can see in the picture below, the frets and scales have been marked with pencil. So now we are going to use the Pyrography pen to burn the frets and scales into the wood.

using pyro pen to burn frets and scales

Next we turn to the guitar body as the pickups and clock face need to be fitted into place. Below you can see the clock face ready to be fitted. I used epoxy to glue the clock face on to the body, once the glue had set I applied some onto the back of the clock face from behind just to make it very secure.

copper clock face to be glued into guitar body

With the guitar laying flat on its back it was the ideal time to glue the pickups in place, I used wood glue for this.

Once all the glue had set I gave the hole thing a rub down with some fine sandpaper so it was nice and smooth before applying the first coat of Danish oil. The picture below shows the guitar clock prepared and ready for the oil to be applied.

assembled guitar clock ready for finishing

At the time of writing this, the guitar clock has now had three coats of Danish oil applied to it. Tomorrow I hope to start applying the first of three coats of wax.

I mentioned my new found interest of Pyrography earlier, this addition to my “skills” box is proving invaluable. Aside from the projects above which both have Pyrography used in the them, I have also made two signs. One is a practice job, shown below and the other is for a local business. I can’t show you that one yet as the new owner hasn’t seen it yet. I will share it in the near future with you.

pallet wood stuff sign

So there you have it, a quick round up of activities for the last week, the Spitfire clock completed and ready for delivery next week. The Guitar clock should be complete in the next couple of days and then it can be hung on our living room wall.

These project amount to at least one shipping pallet being saved from going to landfill or being burnt and upcycled into something useful.

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Pallet Wood Guitar Clock Project – Update 4 Aug 19

Pallet wood guitar clock update

I have been working on this Pallet Wood Guitar Clock Project for a little while now, it’s one of those learn on the job projects and this latest session has thrown up a few things to resolve.

The first thing to overcome was to figure out how to mount the clock movement as the shaft that the hands fit onto is quite short and the guitar body is quite thick. In the end I decided to bore a hole all the way through the body that was big enough to accommodate the clock movement. You can see the big hole on this image below, the idea is that in collaboration with Shalini. We will create a clock face from copper sheet. This will have to be about 10mm bigger in diameter than the hole so that it can be glued in place over the big hole.

This clock face will have a hole drilled in the centre for the clock to be mounted to it and the clock face is going to be embossed and then enameled so should look good.

The picture below shows the large hole for the clock mechanism and the 3 pickups in place.

Pallet Wood Guitar

The next issue was how to accurately fix the head stock to the top of the neck, for some reason this really messed with my head. But then I had a “light bulb” moment and a plan was hatched! I want to glue the head stock onto the neck but also want to have a couple of dowels in there for strength. So two nails were hammed into the head stock in the right position to about half of their length. Then I took the nails out and ground the heads off and made a point on each nail so I ended up with two nails with a point at each end. These double ended nails were pushed back into the holes in the head stock.

Pallet Wood Guitar

Now I laid the main guitar body down on the table and brought the head stock to it and made sure it was aligned properly with the neck. Once I was happy with this I pushed the head stock against the neck and then tapped it all the way home with a bit of scrap wood. When I am ready I can remove those double ended nails and have the holes perfectly aligned, ready for drilling to fit the two dowels and final glueing together.

guitar head stock drilled

As you can see I have also cut slots in the bridge on the head stock for the strings and drilled the holes for the tuning screws.

I will write another installment once further work has been completed on the Pallet Wood Guitar Clock Project .