Then I clear the piece of sanding dust with a small air compressor. This makes clearing the fretwork areas MUCH easier:
Next I use my Rockler personalized electric wood engraver to leave a permanent reminder of who made this heirloom piece. It's nice to know that will be around long after I'm gone (hopefully):
Then I dip the pieces in boiled linseed oil. This brings the red oak a nice golden color and raises the wood grain:
Once they've dried completely, I'll start the assembly phase of the project.
It won't be long now until I've got a nice heirloom clock to give Mrs. Reaganite ;-)