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I’ve seen these types of clocks before, but never really thought about how they were made. Recently, it hit me.. VENEER!

I spent quite a while trying to find a veneer that was light colored, as well as unbacked. I figured that a paper or iron glue backing would obscure the clock display, so I wanted to get a simple unbacked veneer. In the end, the veneer that I got worked fine, but it would work even better if it didn’t have “figuring” in the wood.

I also learned very quickly that applying veneers well can take some practice. Specifically, trimming the pieces down and creating nice joints between pieces takes a lot more attention that I realized. You may want to practice that portion of the process before veneering your final product.

Here’s what you need:

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