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  • 12" round clock blank?

    Heya guys - I'm just back, and will catch up ASAP, but just now I have a request!

    I have a customer that wants a 12" (at least) round pyrographed clock... but the largest clock blank I can get is 9" these days. I need a flat solid-wood (sycamore ideally, but any pyrographable hard white wood will be fine) round plaque, with a nice edge, and a hole through the centre. A recess in the back for the mechanism is likely needed too, so that the shaft of the clock mechanism will go through far enough that I can get the hands on.

    Can anyone help?
    Cheers,
    Scorch

    Scorch's Pyrography : www.scorchpyro.co.uk
    Crafts on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/tanniso...7606138937826/

  • #2
    Don't know whether he can help, but try Dalescraft.

    He does a lot in sycamore, and has cut me a specific size before now, so may be able to accomodate you.
    Not the cheapest around, but the quality is always very good.

    cheers
    John
    www.jbwoodcraft.co.uk

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    • #3
      Heya, John.

      Thanks for the thought - but I already asked Colin at Dalescraft, as well as Jeff at The Big Wood, and neither of them can help. I agree with you about both price & quality there, though!
      Cheers,
      Scorch

      Scorch's Pyrography : www.scorchpyro.co.uk
      Crafts on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/tanniso...7606138937826/

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      • #4
        Most sawmills will sell boards of sycamore from 1" to 4" thick and may plane it for you. On my next trip to my local sawmill in Hereforshire I will be getting 1" and 2" and 4" and could of sorted something out but maybe a few weeks untill I go. Best thing to do is ask around at the local mills and timber merchants and this is the cheapest way to buy your blanks.

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        • #5
          Mmm, indeed, I'm sure you're right. Unfortunately, I'm located in London, rely on public transport, and do not have a fully-equipped woodworking workshop. There aren't too many sawmills round here, and even if I could buy a plank 12" wide and 1/2" thick, the buses are a tad fussy about taking someone carrying a 8' x 12" x 1/2" plank as a passenger... and even if I maanged this, I'd have some difficulty in converting that plank into a 12" round clock blank, with a nice edge, hole in the exact centre and nicely sized recess in the back, all by using my Stanley knife!

          Actually, my beloved could doubtless help me out with the hole, but otherwise it' would really be a bit of a problem. Hence, I was kinda hoping to find someone here who was better-equipped than me, y'see...
          Cheers,
          Scorch

          Scorch's Pyrography : www.scorchpyro.co.uk
          Crafts on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/tanniso...7606138937826/

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          • #6
            Thought I'd responded to this but apparently not. I don't have any suitable dry wood ATM but have you tried asking Chris (works-in-wood) he may have some.

            Pete
            "Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art" ... Leonardo Da Vinci
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            • #7
              Cheers - I'll drop him a line...
              Cheers,
              Scorch

              Scorch's Pyrography : www.scorchpyro.co.uk
              Crafts on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/tanniso...7606138937826/

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