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Blog entry by Tim Dahn posted 03-16-2010 03:43 AM 2237 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am starting to build another Craftsman style clock, I have playing around in sketchup for a few evenings and have come up with a basic shape and some design ideas and looking for some LumberJock input.

This one is going to be a medium/tall mantle clock. The dimensions will be about 15” tall 9” wide 5” deep. Here is what I have so far, it will most definitely change and may look completely different.

I have ordered a mechanical movement with a pendulum and hour gong. The opening in the front will show the pendulum swinging and the glass sides will show off the brass movement. The clock will be mainly quarter sawn white oak with walnut accents and maybe some small accents of bloodwood.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.



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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 03-16-2010 04:15 AM

Timbo
Is this going to be A&E style, or just what grabs you. The wood sounds A&E. Duh, looking at the title, it is Craftsman style, should have noticed that…..(-:

I was wondering about the top. Widening out the bottom, and eliminating the top piece, or making a top that flows with the lines. That is assuming that you are not set on a style. Just artistic comments looking for….........dialog. Not a preference. One thing about Sketchup, you can try out a bunch of stuff, and see how it looks.

Are you gonna do an Alaska Jim thing…......let us into the design phase…........?..............(-:

Looking at the Roycroft book shelf or whatever they are, those lines would appeal to me in a clock…....

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#2 posted 03-16-2010 04:23 AM

OK, you got me hooked. I would be a little more flamboyant, and spread out the bottom, and like I said, eliminate that top…..give it a try in Sketchup…............indulge me….......(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Karson

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#3 posted 03-16-2010 04:36 AM

You design looks a little more Asian to me. I like it but I don’t think of it as Craftsman

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#4 posted 03-16-2010 07:53 AM

I was thinking the same thing Karson.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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stefang

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#5 posted 03-16-2010 12:22 PM

The more I get into woodworking the more I have come to appreciate good design. I love your clock the way it is.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Tim Dahn

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#6 posted 03-16-2010 01:27 PM

First off thanks for the input and keep it coming, this is good.

Jim
Yes this is a page out of the Alaska Jim design theory book, I am also going to continue this blog through project completion as long as there is interest.

Here is a little wider, I widened it 1”.

Karson and Derek, Asian is not what I was looking for so can you tell me what makes it look asian to you?

Mike Thanks, I like the shape too but at this stage who knows where this will end up.

Again, thanks for the comments, now its off to work.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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CaptainSkully

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#7 posted 03-16-2010 04:30 PM

I think that the corbels tapering out as they go down is what’s giving the guys the Asian feel. I think it grounds the piece and adds stability. Maybe the contrasting colors in the drawing make the legs pop, whereas if they’re all the same color, it’s more subtle.

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

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Tim Dahn

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#8 posted 03-17-2010 12:30 AM

Thanks CaptainSkully, I think you are right, I’m drawing another one without the corbels and will post a pic.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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oldstarter

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#9 posted 04-28-2014 09:53 AM

Hi Jim, I’m new to this and I can see a couple of areas where there should be photos, but all I can see is a greyed out sort of no entry sign, am I doing something wrong?

-- Oldstarter (Dave Ashby)

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Jim Bertelson

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#10 posted 04-28-2014 04:11 PM

oldstarter
The problem relates to this being a very old post. Meaning, Tim probably was using photos stored on some site, but those photos have been deleted or moved, or the site went out of business. In recent years, the photos are stored by LJ’s, so they aren’t as likely to disappear. If you look at the post just above yours, right next to Tim’s picture, you will see it was posted 1503 days ago, meaning about 4 years ago.

So you aren’t doing anything wrong, it is just the problem of reading old posts…..

Have a good day…......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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