Arts & Crafts Mantle Clock #1: One for You, One for Me...

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Blog entry by CaptainSkully posted 10-24-2009 06:56 PM 8330 reads 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I figured it was time to start another new blog. We’ve got friends that are getting married, and we wanted to give them something special. I figure the best gift you can give is one you want for yourself, so I’m going to make two while I’m at it. We originally thought about a mirror, but realized shipping it would be problematic. Then I thought about the clock project that had been bouncing around in the back of my head. After my usual extensive research, this is the design I like:

I then set out to find faces. I found, but wasn’t totally satisfied, and ordering the right size was problematic. I figured I could engrave my own clock face with the Dremel tool, so I drew this up in AutoCAD:

The blue circle nominally describes the sweep of the hands I ordered from Rockler. The quartz movement has a pendulum and is AA battery powered. I’ll be making the face bookmatched by resawing some QSWO thin enough for the movement shaft to poke through. I found an article in FWW about making the face first, then building the clock around it, which I thought was a good idea.

I will also put a picture frame hanger on the back, just in case we want to hang it. I’m planning on making a wine stave wine rack, but all of my barrel ends are concave from sitting out in the sun, so I thought this might look good either on top of it, or just above it. Our mantle has a large nautical chart above it, so ironically, I don’t think the mantel clock will fit on our mantle.

They’re getting married the second week of November, so I’ve got to hurry, unless I want to invoke the one-year rule…

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#1 posted 10-24-2009 07:26 PM

Looks like a great project

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#2 posted 10-24-2009 08:35 PM

Like to see how the Dremel does the clock face. Would appreciate the details as you go along…....

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#3 posted 10-24-2009 08:40 PM

This is going to be a great blog.

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#4 posted 10-24-2009 10:57 PM

i agree with Charles ,,, looking forward to a great blog,

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 10-24-2009 11:27 PM

hi there nice looking clock like the design what is the height and with and depth was looking for plans for clocks hope you dont mind me asking for the measurement

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#6 posted 10-26-2009 10:07 AM

Agree with everything above. Where dd you find the plans for the clock or is it your own design? What do you plan to use for the clock face?

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#7 posted 10-26-2009 05:43 PM

I’m going to design my own plans based on the picture shown above and the size of the face. I’m going to resaw some QSWO to just under 3/8” and bookmatch it, glue a printed page onto that face when it’s the correct size for the clock hands, then dremel tool the design. I sand the paper off and paint the engraved part. If needed, I sand flush again to clean up the edges/sides of the painted engraving. I’ll finish the face with just tung/blo so that it contrasts with a dark, mission stain on the body. This should also set off the pendulum nicely.

That’s my process, and I’ll document the steps as I go along. If anyone likes the design, it’ll be available as soon as I draw it up in AutoCAD (sorry no Sketchup yet, and yes I know about the photo import option).

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#8 posted 11-02-2009 09:44 PM

hey whats the text called you are using? ive searched everywhere for an arts and crafts text with no luck (unless i want to pay for it of course)

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