! I took some pictures to “document” my adventure of building these clocks by hand. It is by no means a complete record of the construction process but hey – its my first attempt.
First, some nice boards from my stash on the bench.
Laying out true and false bottoms and tops
Ripping with a saw over 100 years old but it still works great (after being sharpend of course ;-)
Crosscutting…(too lazy to pick up the other saw…)
Parts are rough cut, back is jointed and being clamped in the background.
Scrubbing the stock to the the correct thickness, starting with the back.
Cleaning up with the jack..
And now the jointer to flatten it all out..
Ok… the boards are milled and ready for the next step…hey… who’s that by my bench?
Hey! Come back with that board! Nice thing about hand tools is my little helpers can “work” with me.
Now some finishing cuts with the 4-1/2 york pitch smoother. Very good therapy
At the front you see the cherry case still under costruction.
Cutting the door rail stock to size,
Squaring up the bottom panel on the shooting board
Plowing the grove for the bottom panel
Paring a tenon cheek
Not bad for being cut by hand.
Dry fitting the bottom door parts
Fitting the glass keepers for the upper door
Fastening the glass keepers. The paper protects the glass as the brad is driven home
Cleaning up the back of the upper door
Quarter rounds, ready to be mitered and glued. These where shaped by putting a block plane in a vice and running the small parts over slowly rotating 90 degrees. The curve was then cleaned up with a little sandpaper.
Mitering the quarter rounds mouldings with a chisel
Here is the cherry one, complete! The finish is hand rubbed tried and true varnish oil on this clock. I really liked this finish but it was a bit of work and takes a bit of time to dry..
Here is another shot to give you a sense of the size..
The clock is done. Working with hand tools can be quite satisfying…Time for a beer!
Hope you enjoyed the show…