Church Clock Project #2: Erecting The Walls

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Blog entry by William posted 02-21-2011 04:13 AM 791 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today just started out to be one of those days. I ripped a four foot section of mahogany. Then I planed it down to a quarter inch so I could start laying out the walls of the church. I thought I was doing good. I had planed it all down and cut out three of the smaller walls before I noticed that something just didn’t look right. Upon further inspection, everything I had cut was not square. It wasn’t much, about a half of a degree off. As I’m sure most of you know, a half a degree sounds like nothing, until you cut several parts like that. Then that half degree prevents anything from lining up correctly.
My first thought was my miter guage. I don’t know why, but I am in a constant battle with my miter guage. You can set it and tighten everything up on it as tight as you want. Bump it, tap it, or even breathe wrong in it’s general direction though and you can get ready to reset it to square. Well after checking, double and triple checking the miter guage and making several test cuts, I found out that it wasn’t the miter guage.
Ok, I’ll get to the end of this long story. After checking everything I could think of for several hours, I found out the screws had somehow worked loose on my table saw fence and it was riding consistantly a little off square to the table. I fixed this and had to start over on my walls.
I got all the outer walls done today. It is just the walls themselves. There’s still much detail work to be done to all of them, but they are erected to form what is starting to look like a building anyway. All of them are made of mahogany except the back one. It is made of luan plywood. I made it out of this because it the access door to allow setting the clock and turning on the light that will be in it.

Gluing and clamping this one was fun. The cutouts for the windows go pretty quickly. You don’t have to worry about getting them absolutely perfect, as long as they aren’t too large. They will all be covered with decorative pieces. I do make a point to keep them neat looking though. I cut them a bit smaller than the plans say though. I found out when I built the last one that if you cut them to the size on the plans, there is very little room to glue the pieces over them.

Notice the back piece with the triangular peak and the triangle that is attached to the back of the steeple area. I had a problem here last time I built this and decided to do some careful measuring on this one. The plans are about a half inch off on the placement of the triangle on the steeple. I remembered this and corrected the mistake on this one. I was able to fix it last time, but getting it right on this one will make applying the roof easier. The last time I built this, I had to fix this by appling false cleats inside to hold the roof level. Won’t have to this time.


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#1 posted 02-21-2011 04:46 AM

It’s looking great! Are you going to insert glass?

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#2 posted 02-21-2011 05:07 AM

Whats next rafters for the bats in the belfry? jk.;) William looks great. What kind of time do you have in it so far? Oh stand buy for a pm. Your post just made me think of something.

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

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#3 posted 02-21-2011 05:41 PM

It is coming along great, William. Did you let the designer know that there was a mistake on the top roof support piece? It may save others a load of work trying to make it work right. It looks like it is coming a long great and will be a wonderful project! I am enjoying your blogs on it very much!


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

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#4 posted 02-22-2011 05:17 AM

Anytime I find a mistake in a pattern I let the designer know. If I don’t have access to contact information to the designer, I let the supplier know. Thank you for bringing up a good point though Sheila. I have read posts on this very forum about mistakes on patterns, both individual bought and in magazines. I hope anyone who find these takes the time to let someone who might be able to correct it know about it. Designers, believe it or not, recieve very little money for the amount of time they put into designing patterns. We all make mistakes though. The designer may have realized the mistake and just forgot to fix it before printing. Every designer I’ve had the pleasure of knowing though will gladly take the time to fix a problem to prevent further probems. They will usually make it right any way they can. Good customer service is what keeps many of them in business.
I found a pattern mistake one time and emailed the original designer (I refuse to name who it was). He sent me a corrected pattern and the full cost of my original pattern purchase price, plus shipping costs, and a letter of apology. I never cashed that check. I figured he deserved to be compensated even for the corrected pattern he sent. I don’t use many of his patterns, but I recommend him every chance I get.


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#5 posted 02-22-2011 07:02 PM

Awesome looking clock and I’m enjoying your blog. I look forward to more.

This might be an odd question, but I noticed the yellow clamps in your photo. I think they are Wolfcraft or something like that. I have 2 of them and love them, but have never been able to find more. Do you remember where you got yours?

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#6 posted 02-23-2011 05:49 AM

I wish I could help you on the clamps, but I really haven’t got a clue. I picked up some cheap clamps a few times at Big Lots and Harbour Freight. Other than that, I’ve never bought a new clamp in my life. When I started woodworking, I quickly found out that you can never have enough clamps. I also quickly learned that the old clamps are way better than anything you can find new. So I started watching for old ones at flea markets and yard sales.
The yellow clamps you see in the photo are from a lot that I bought at an estate sale about a year ago. I gave twenty dollars for twenty various size and style clamps.


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#7 posted 02-23-2011 06:19 AM

Thanks for responding. If anyone ever sees these clamps for sale somewhere new, give a holla please.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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