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Victorian Girl Fretwork Clock

I saw a neat looking pattern on The Art Factory's web site.

I decided to make 2 of these for Christmas gifts for my sisters.  They both have many pictures of Victorian scenes in their houses.

I decided to make my scroll work from maple, use pieces of finish sanded 3/16" plywood that is milk painted either yellow or blue, then paint the pine frame a darker yellow or blue.

I entered this pattern in to Google Sketchup:

 

I bought 2.5 inch wide maple from Menards. I edge sawed it using my new .094 inch thin kerf Freud blade on the table saw.....to net 1/4" thick maple after sanding.

My trusty old Sears 12 inch planer motor quit, so I bought a new 12.5" wide DeWalt planer.....

 

 

 I glued up the maple wood to make (2) blanks 9x21 inches:

 

 

 While waiting for the maple glue to dry, I went ahead and made the pine frames.  By using a scrap block, I fine-tuned the table saw to cut the frame grooves.  I then used the string and nail method of clamping up the frames....

 

 

Here are the painted frames drying........

 

 

Here are the blanks taped with blue painter's masking tape..........ready for the scroll saw...........

 

 

 

 

 

2 coats of polyurethane on the girls...........

 

 I sawed 3/8x3/8 inch pieces to retain the plywood in the frame. I used picture framing plyers to insert the brads into the retaining pieces.......

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the finished clocks.........

 

 

 

 

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