Things are really starting to come together with regard to Max's Vetinari Clock. The meters and vacuum tube are mounted in the prototype awaiting the installation of the electronics.
One problem with MDF is that it soaks paint up like a sponge, so the next task was to prepare the prototype with a combined sealer and primer.
Originally, I'd considered creating a base upon which the clock would sit. My first thoughts revolved around a hand-carved piece with curved legs, but this wouldn’t have complemented the clock's Art Deco-esque style. Bob suggested creating legs using small, unobtrusive, inverted and truncated 4-sided pyramid shapes. I was starting to lean in this direction when we hit on the idea of not having any legs visible, but instead simply raising the base 3/8" in the air so the clock appears to be floating above the table.
This explains the two strips of wood shown in the previous image. In the image below, we see these strips glued and clamped to the base of the cabinet.
Since it wasn't possible to clamp the middles of the strips -- at least, not with the tools available to me in my garage -- my solution was to place the assembly on two books that I'm currently reading (biographies of Mick Jagger and Bernard Shaw, if you must know) and weigh everything down with a brick. When I come to think about it, it's amazing how often bricks make an appearance when I'm constructing my hobby projects.
I also applied sealer/primer to the base of the prototype, using masking tape to protect the bottoms of the two wooden strips, thereby leaving them clear for felt to be attached later.
As you may recall, the front panel of the final clock is going to feature an amazing wood veneer with an aluminum look-and-feel (click here to see an image of this veneer). Meanwhile, the surrounding cabinet will be 0.5" thick and made of ebony (or, more likely, ebonized pear wood because that's much cheaper, or possibly even regular wood with an ebony veneer).
Of course we're not going to waste the aluminum look-and-feel veneer on a humble prototype, so I simply painted the inside area of the front panel with a blue-tinged-gray latex paint.
Observe the circle painted in the middle of the top panel. The vacuum tube is to be mounted in the center of this circle. Since I have a spare non-functioning 4.5" meter in my collection (similar to the "Hours" meter on the front panel), I've decided to mount its bezel on the top panel with the vacuum tube in the middle. You'll see what I mean in a moment.
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