Dragon Clock Christmas Gift My First Clock

Dragon Clock Christmas Gift My First Clock


I made two of these for Christmas gifts. It was the first time I ever made a clock.

I had initially intended to cut this from solid wood, but the only piece I had was not flat enough to cut on a scroll saw. Flattening the board would take at least 1/4-inch off the wood, and I didn't want it to be that thin, so I decided to cut it from 19mm Baltic Birch plywood. Plywood is a much better choice than solid because it will not break easily.

I bored the hole for the clock using a 2-3/8 Forstner bit as per the pattern instructions. I had never drilled a hole this size before. I had to drill with very light pressure to keep the drill press from stalling. At first, I thought the bit was slipping in the chuck; this was not the case. The drill press belt was slipping. I put as much tension o the belt as I could, and it would still slip. More tension helped, but it didn't stop them from slipping. My drill press has a link belt. Perhaps I should remove a link or two from the belts.

The next time I make one of these, I will try cutting the hole with my scroll saw. It does not have to be perfect, just close enough to hold the clock movement in place.

I don't have a Dragon Clock in my shop yet, but I plan to have one soon.
Check out the many other dragons I have there.

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