I’m a bit overdue for a blog update. January and February have been busy as I find myself in the middle of developing my basement. It’s taken this long to start construction as I had submitted, over the years, multiple requests to the boss of the house to develop part of the bottom floor into a machine shop. Even though I had followed proper request procedures my application had continued to be denied. It was only until now that I chose to accept my failed dream and therefore blue printed the space out to be a bedroom instead. I am trying to find the silver lining surrounding my defeat, I need more time.

As far as the CNC plasma table build goes it is still active but did slow down a bit. Good news is I still have the enthusiasm to see the project to completion. I have all the material sitting on the workbench for the next stage. I hope to be back on it in a month or so.

Around the holiday break in December I had a few hours of spare time so I cleaned up the shop area. Once everything was put away and swept up I looked around to see if I could scratch a creative itch I had. I found a used, but still decent, clutch disc out of a Porsche laying in a pile of junk. I set it on the bench and stared at it for a while. I wanted to build something, didn’t want it to take too long, and wanted a decent satisfaction level to result from my efforts. A Porsche technician had given me the disc and so I thought I would give it back to him but in a different state. Decided I would fab an old school shop clock, the following is what I came up with.


Started by ring rolling a section of .250″ cold rolled steel


I band sawed 12 little sections of .500″ cold rolled round bar then cleaned them up on the lathe. Each one received cross drilling on the mill.


Next they all went back onto the lathe where they where all threaded .250″ deep with a 6mm tap.


To ensure all my number markings would be spaced properly I created a paper template using a CAD program. The ring, with all the .500″ markings, got locked into place at the proper spacing.


Next the .500″ markings got TIG welded into place.


Here is the completed ring. I hid the closing gap of the ring inside one of the steel markers.


Onto the face of the clock. I trimmed out a 13″ disc from a chunk of 10 gauge steel. Machined a center bushing in order to allow for a clock motor to be mounted. Then I ring rolled some 1″ flat bar in order to give the perimeter a more finished look.


Clock motor bushing was TIG welded into place.


I wanted to ensure the clock would hang flush against a vertical surface. A section of flat bar was welded into place to allowing for mounting to a wall.


Here is the finished fabrication work. Next step will be the finishing and artwork.


Old school Porsche meant going with a red a white theme. The clock components received powder coating.


Here the clock face receives a 20minute bake session.


The artwork was going to be applied in the form of a vinyl decal. I downloaded the proper Porsche font and designed the look of the clock face using Inkscape .


I cut the 1 piece decal out using my vinyl plotter.


With the decal applied all that was left was component assembly.



  1. Roscoe says:

    Funny, I was just wondering about your progress on the CNC. Nice project here, your pal is very lucky to have you for a friend. I assume that the paint is a true Porsche Guards Red? (-:

    r.e. your basement bedroom, obviously I have no idea of the floor plan, but be sure to account for egress out of the bedroom itself (with bedroom door closed) for safety. Even if you’re not drawing a permit, there’s a moral imperative to allow any occupants to escape a fire, either through a door to the outside, or through a window that opens wide enough to climb through and is close enough to the floor that it doesn’t require a ladder. Anyway, have fun and make the boss happy. And thanks for the update!

    • gordsgarage says:

      Hi Roscoe, thanks for the comments. No the red is not true Guards Red but it is very close, I compared it to a set of factory brake calipers.

      Thanks for the reno advice, I am stickler for the rules and attempt to do everything to code. I actually have an oversized window that complies to the city code.


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