Church Clock Project #1: Build The Inside First

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Blog entry by William posted 02-19-2011 05:15 AM 1157 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well it FINALLY happened. I finally got enough caught up on around here and had a good enough health day to start a new project. Until I can order my new plans, I wanted to get started on something else. So here goes.
I decided to build a church clock. I’ve only built one of these before. When I did, a lady I know snatched it up and took it home with her before I even had a chance to take some decent photos of it. She was so excited I didn’t have the heart to tell her anything besides to be careful getting it home, because the glue holding the finial piece to the steeple hadn’t had enough time to dry.
You can see a photo or order plans for this clock here at Wildwood Designs.

I started this like you would any house (or church), with the foundation. The bottom piece, which everything will be built upon is a piece of mahogany. The plans actually are designed as just the church not really sitting on anything. I like it better with a base though. I sanded this piece of mahogany smooth and routed a roman ogee profile all the way around it. I sized it so that it would be about three quarters of an inch sticking out under it all the way around the church.
On top of this is a piece of oak that is planed down to a half inch. This is the “floor” of the church. I chose oak because I wanted to give it sort of a hardwood floor look. The plans call for a slide in floor that is smaller than the church. I don’t know why. However, I resized mine so that it would fit perfectly inside the walls of the church. I think this looks better and will give added support when I glue the walls to the floor in addition to each other.
You may notice the saw kerf overcut in two places where the foyer will be. The first time I built this I had a problem because I cut it on the bandsaw so this wouldn’t happen. I didn’t get them perfectly straight and it caused a headache. This time, since I know how it all goes together in the end, I know that once all the walls are up you won’t even be able to see these overcuts. Therefore, the table saw allowed me to easily make these cuts correctly on this one.

And of course no church is complete without pews and a pulpit. This is what I meant by building the inside first. The first time I built this, I done the walls first. I knew from that I wanted to do the inside first this time. Even though you will be able to see inside the windows when complete, most people will never notice these details inside unless they are pointed out to them. We all know though that even unnoticed details sometimes make a project even more special. To make it more likely to get these noticed though, I plan on putting a battery powered light inside.
Normally when I build clocks I use clock movement. Then I design and cut my own faces. I’ve always liked this because it added a personal touch to them. I also usually keep a couple of movements around the shop for this reason. Well, I was getting ready to cut the front for this when I noticed today that I was out of movements. So I stopped everything and made a run to town to pick up a couple of this. Much to my dismay, they are no longer available at Wal-Mart, McCoys, Home Depot, or Haden’s (locally owned hardware). Also, our only small craft shop shut down last year. What was I to do?
Well, I ordered my other patterns tonight from Wildwood Designs. When I did, I looked there for clock movements. While looking, I noticed that inserts (2 3/4” is what the design calls for) were only a dollar more than the plain movements. So, I ordered this to put in this clock. Even though it isn’t my usual way of doing this, I think this will be a very nice insert to complete this clock.
Well, once again, I’m put on hold. I have a prior obligation for tomorrow and possibly the next day. I promise to get back on this one as soon as possible though. I am happy as a tick on a fat dog to be back in the wood shop. Happy cutting everybody.


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KTMM (Krunkthemadman)

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#1 posted 02-19-2011 06:12 AM

OOOO, I get to post here…..

I already know how amazing this is going to be….... glad to see you up and moving again.

Now if I can just quit procrastinating…...

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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#2 posted 02-19-2011 06:18 AM

Looking good. When will services start. ;)
Fads and frames here in Brandon has clock movements. Its near harbor freight. Shhhh the wife may hear.
Cant wait to see more progress.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 02-19-2011 01:54 PM

Looks like a nice project.

I’ll be watching for it.


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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 02-19-2011 06:22 PM

That is going to be another winner, William. Your detailing is always great to see!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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