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Project by John Nixon posted 2660 days ago 5022 views 12 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to share a mantle clock that I recently made as a birthday gift. It’s a simple design from WoodSmith made mostly from QS White oak. It’s a good project to use up all those short boards you’ve been furrowing away.

I did not find a clock face that I felt did justice to a small A&C clock so I made my own. I designed it on the computer, printed it on ivory parchment index stock, and glued it to a 1/4 board. A couple of coats of spray-on poly, and the clock face is good to go.

I’ve attached a couple of pictures to this post. The rest can be found here: http://www.eaglelakewoodworking.com/post/Arts-and-Crafts-Mantle-Clock.aspx

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY - http://www.EagleLakeWoodworking.com





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PanamaJack

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#1 posted 2660 days ago

Your website is very well done as is this work you have handed us tonight.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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Chip

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#2 posted 2660 days ago

Again, beautiful. Excellent photographs also, I like the unusual angles. Is that signature one of those branding irons I see in the mags? Very nice touch also.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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John Nixon

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#3 posted 2660 days ago

Thanks Panama Jack!
Chip, yes I have the branding Iron from Rockler. It’s pretty cool. However, there’s nothing worse than goofing up the brand and having to sand it off. I learned my lesson long again to brand the bare wood in case that happens. There’s a company that does custom irons (from your logo) for under $100. I’d like to get a “custom” one some day.

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY - http://www.EagleLakeWoodworking.com

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jockmike2

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#4 posted 2660 days ago

Looks very professional. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Douglas Bordner

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#5 posted 2659 days ago

Way nice!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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John Nixon

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#6 posted 2659 days ago

Thanks for the compliments JockMike and Douglas.

You’d never know by looking at it, but the clock is a mix of red oak, white oak, and QS white oak veneer.

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY - http://www.EagleLakeWoodworking.com

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Karson

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#7 posted 2659 days ago

John:

Is your branding iron hand held or mounted on a drill press. Mike is hand held and I find that I sometimes roll the iron and don’t get a good crisp look. And I was wondering about the drill press. It would be easy to take the handle off mine and mount it in the dripp press.

Great looking clock.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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John Nixon

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#8 posted 2659 days ago

Hey Karson,
Yes, I have the handheld one as well. I actually find that I HAVE to roll mine to get a decent burn. I think it’s slightly crowned, so I don’t get complete contact unless I roll it. I should flatten the face by honing it slightly. It does okay though.

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY - http://www.EagleLakeWoodworking.com

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David

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#9 posted 2656 days ago

John -

You are an excellent craftsman. What a beautiful clock. Tell us about the clock face. Did you make it yourself? I like the branding iron. P.S. you have agreat website.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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John Nixon

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#10 posted 2656 days ago

Hi David,

Thanks for the compliments. I did make the clock face. It’s really easy to do. I designed the face in PhotoDraw (an old Microsoft program I’m still hanging on to). I printed it on some parchment looking paper (ivory, kind of antique looking). I used spray adhesive to mount the printout to 1/4 hardboard, and then coated it many times with spray on poly. It works pretty well.

If you (or any) would like the clock face graphic, let me know and I’ll export it.

I took a look at your web site and I think you do some really nice work David. Keep it up!

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY - http://www.EagleLakeWoodworking.com

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David

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#11 posted 2656 days ago

John – I would be interested in the clock face graphic. I like the simple design on colors. I have been trying to figure out what the design elements are in between the numbers. This project has inspire me to start looking for a plan and build one for our home.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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John Nixon

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#12 posted 2653 days ago

Hi David. Sorry it too me so long…
I uploaded an export of the clock face to my site. You can download it here:
http://www.eaglelakewoodworking.com/mantleclock/clockface.jpg

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY - http://www.EagleLakeWoodworking.com

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David

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#13 posted 2640 days ago

Got the file! Thanks again for being so generous sharing this file and your skills via your posts and website. I like your work and shop set-up!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Dusty56

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#14 posted 2168 days ago

ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL DESIGN , FACE , AND HANDS : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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a1Jim

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#15 posted 2033 days ago

Hey John
Nice work on the clock and all of your projects. I enjoy your work on you tube also. I wish I had started woodworking when I was younger I’ve only been doing woodworking for 20 years or so . It’s good to see someone your age be so accomplished. When did you start woodworking.

Jim

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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