Mantle Clock Project

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Blog series by DrJosh updated 05-25-2011 05:23 AM 4 parts 8442 reads 2 comments total

Part 1: The lumber

05-02-2011 06:21 AM by DrJosh | 1 comment »

Well, it has been quite a while since I’ve posted anything here on Lumberjocks and, sadly, that is because I haven’t been in my shop. But now the semester is over and I just about have my student’s grades completed and ready to post, so I can now get back in the shop and make some sawdust. My parent’s 50th anniversary is coming up and my sister is planning a big celebration back home. My wife suggested that I make them something nice for an anniversary gift. She sugges...

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Part 2: Getting Started...

05-16-2011 05:32 AM by DrJosh | 1 comment »

In my last post on this mantle clock project, I mentioned a new wood that I discovered at my local Woodcraft store…sipo utile. Here is how it looked when I started:This wood mills and works like a dream. Last weekend, I spent the afternoon milling the rough stock down to 5/8” thickness. I left it stacked and stickered in my garage shop for a week to aclimate.I was finally able to get out to the shop to start cutting the parts for my clock. After an enjoyable afternoon in the shop,...

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Part 3: Carcase completed

05-21-2011 03:14 AM by DrJosh | 0 comments »

After an enjoyable weekend of work, I was able to get the basic carcase of my mantle clock. I did all the joinery (rabbit joints) with my router table. Simple chamfers decorate the edges of the top and bottom caps as well as provide a shadow line (to hide any slight imperfections) at the top and bottom of the carcase where it is joined to the top and bottom caps. I used a card scraper for the first time on this project for surface prep and I love it. After a good scraping, I was able to start...

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Part 4: Finished!

05-25-2011 05:23 AM by DrJosh | 0 comments »

I have now completed my first clock project and applied the finish to it. It’s ready to present to my parents for the 50th wedding anniversary! I used a very non-traditional way to attach the back to the clock case…magnets! Since I’m still not very good with hinge morticing, especially with tiny brass hinges for projects like this, and I didn’t want to risk screwing anything up, I opted for someting that was easier for me to do and was a little unique. I bought a packa...

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