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Drill a circle into the center of the stock, the same diameter as the clock. Drill about 3/4" deep (Image 1).
Drill a hole into the center of the other side of the wood, big enough to fit the screw chuck (Image 2).
Insert a spacer block onto the chuck screw to reduce the length of the screw (Image 1).
Secure the stock on the chuck (Image 2).
Tighten the tool rest (Image 1), and make one manual rotation of the stock to make sure it doesn't hit the tool rest. Turn on the lathe at medium speed (1200 rpm to 1400 rpm).
Use a 3" spindle gouge to trim the stock to the desired size (Image 1).
To make a flat base for the clock, rest the circular stock on a block with a V-shaped dent cut out. This serves as a support for the circular stock for the next step.
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