Papa Frank's Woodworking
Weather Station
Weather Station

This weather station, made out of walnut, is based on the Highlander Weather Station kit from Woodcraft that my older daughter and her husband gave me for Christmas 2007.  It contains a clock, barometer and a hygrometer.

Why not a thermometer?  Because the glass tube on the right is a Galileo thermometer.

This weather station resides on our living room mantel.

I actually have the components to make another weather station  because I bought several Galileo thermometers a few years ago.
Bread Cutting Board Bread Board

This was one of my very first attempts at a serious quality project.  It is a red oak bread cutting board with a matching tray to catch the crumbs as you cut the bread.

It was definitely skillbuilding because the tray had mitered corners and all the corners met perfectly!

The plan came from WOOD magazine.
Clock in walnut Clock in Walnut

This clock is an early attempt at using an expanding collett chuck to turn a body for a desk clock using a 1 7/16" clock insert.

I now use the same technique for making tear-drop desk clocks and pocket watches.
Desk Stand Desk Stand

This desk stand has a 1 7/16" clock insert and a thermometer.

The wood is cocobolo.

A simple design but my Washington DC patent attorney brother-in-law keeps it on his desk at work.
Desk Clock & Weather Station Desk Top Clock & Weather Station

I spotted this slab of figured maple in the Woodcraft store in Spokane Valley and I had to have it!

I just sanded the sides smooth, drilled the holes for the inserts, drilled a hole in the back to take a dowel to hold it up on the desk and then sprayed it with three coats of shellac.
Mini Desk Clocks Mini Desk Clocks

These mini desk clocks were made from scrap pieces I had around the shop. They use 1 3/8" inserts.

I keep several gift items like these on hand for spur-of-the-moment gifts or when I want to present something as a simple thank you.  It's amazing how people react to something simple.  I believe it's a mixture of surprise that someone would give them a gift and the fact that I made it.

I buy the clock inserts in bulk (at least 25) so I get a price break.
Gavel made from walnut Gavel

The Inland Nortwest Woodturners has a project in conjunction with a local Spokane judge who's going to Liberia to give a seminar on proper court room proceedings.

Several members are each making a gavel that the local judge will give to the Liberian judges that participate in the seminar.

My contribution was this and another gavel.
Pocket Watch on display at Woodcraft Pocket Watch

I teach a class at my local Woodcraft store in Spokane Valley, WA on how to make pocket watches and teardrop desk clocks.  This pocket watch is on display at the store.

The wood is white oak.
10 Minute Timer 10 Minute Timer

I cheated on this 10 minute timer.  I used spindles left over from another project and some scraps of white oak.  A few minutes with a compass and the scroll saw and stationary sander and viola!

My grandsons needed a 10 minute timer for use at going to bed time.

The glass came from the close out table at the local Woodcraft store.  I really don't usually buy anything at regular price unless it's for a definite project.  Most of my little gifts are items I've collected without any planned use.  Combined with left overs from other projects, I don't waste very much wood in my shop.  I just keep finding uses for smaller and smaller pieces of wood.  However, if the piece of wood is too small for use as a half pen blank, then I'll throw it out.  Although lately I've been thinking of laminating these small pieces together.
Giant Teardrop Clock Giant Tear Drop Clock

I rarely made the same thing twice - and this is not what it seems - a mini tear drop clock.  This is a Giant tear drop clock using a 2 3/8" insert.  I had a piece of scrap wood big enough and the insert and why not as a reason.  I have no idea what the wood is.

However, it'll make a great example for my pocket watch/desk clock class at Woodcraft.
Sunburst Desk Clock - 2008-09-23 Sunburst Desk Clock

As part of my continuing effort to explore the possibilities in the turned desk clock (see the Giant tear Drop clock above), I tried turning a desk clock from a 3/4" thick piece of wood and then cut part of it off so it would sit at a slight angle.

The wood is cedar.