We don't often have the chance to work with magnolia wood so we were quite happy to find this large piece measuring 10 inches round and 2 inches thick to work with. This wood arrived 'green' meaning that it had not been seasoned or dried out like most woods you can buy. It also came sealed in wax to keep the moisture in (more about that in another article). Like all of our clocks the first step is to find the center - we use a simple jig for this. Then we have to make a recess to house the clock movement. Most clock movements only allow for thicknesses between 1/8" and 1/2" so quite a lot of wood has to be hollowed out the back on a thick piece like this. A large forstner bit is ideal for this, though routing also works. Then its time to cut the pattern. We have paper patterns that we trace onto the wood though you can draw right onto the wood as well. The band saw is the best way to cut the pattern, though a scroll saw or jigsaw could also be used. Carefully cutting uniform curves can minimize the amount of sanding needed later. Twelve large holes are drilled for the clock face to complete the look. A little (or a lot) of sanding later the wood is ready to receive its clock movement and choose the hands. But more on that later.