Mantel Clocks for Christmas

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Project by Darell posted 11-10-2008 10:32 PM 2143 views 17 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished these for Christmas presents. The one on the left is made of Purple Heart and is a gift to myself, the one in the middle is mostly soft Maple wtih a couple pieces of hard maple included, the one on the right is Walnut. I made these from plans from a past issue of Woodsmith magazine and I’ve seen others posted on LJ’s from the same plans. The dials are scanned and printed on parchment card stock and all three clocks feature Atomic movements from Klockit. And, yes, I know they aren’t on the same time. I messed up when setting them up and have to re-set them correctly. I just got in a hurry and didn’t read the instructions. My bad, but easily correctable. They are finished with one coat of Zinsser Bulls Eye SealCoat and 3 coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal satin wiping varnish.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#1 posted 11-10-2008 10:59 PM

Very nice looking clocks. I am sure that they will be well liked as Christmas presents.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 11-10-2008 11:58 PM


-- Have a blessed day!

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#3 posted 11-11-2008 12:37 AM

Cool Mantel Clocks! I do a Mantel Clock for a shop project at the school I teach at. Would you mind sharing the issue of Woodsmith you got that from?

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#4 posted 11-11-2008 12:49 AM

Awesome Clocks! I love the different types of woods! Great Job!

-- Robbinscabin,

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#5 posted 11-11-2008 01:01 AM

Hi JohnH, the plans are in issue 108 of Woodsmith magazine. At one time they were on but I couldn’t find it there just now. If you can’t find the plans PM me and I’ll see if I can get them to you.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#6 posted 11-11-2008 01:12 AM

I love those little clocks. I made my mother one for her mantle a few years ago from curly maple.

Before I opened the pictures up to full size, I thought the one on the left was painted red. That is some really nice wood. I hope you enjoy your gift to yourself.

Great work. I am very envious. I wish my Christmas gifts were that far along.

Enjoy the season of giving,

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#7 posted 11-11-2008 01:52 AM

great looking clocks.
I’m hoping to do something similar with my daughters.

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#8 posted 11-11-2008 02:11 AM

Great job on the clocks .I did not notice the times differences before you mentioned it.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#9 posted 11-11-2008 04:57 AM

Those are some fine looking clocks! There is just something that screams “elegance” when looking at a handmade timepiece!

-- Regards, Norm

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#10 posted 11-11-2008 05:38 AM

these are all great…the time difference? arent they just different time zones?

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 11-11-2008 06:43 AM

I guess I could use the time zone arguement if they were hours off instead of minutes. LOL

Thanks to all for the kind words.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#12 posted 11-11-2008 04:43 PM

You do very nice work.

-- robbi-Yadahooty!

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#13 posted 11-11-2008 07:06 PM

Very beautiful gifts to give and very sweet to have it.
But do not show the other clock you are keeping when you’re giving it to someone.. very hard to choose which one to have, better have all.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#14 posted 11-11-2008 07:09 PM

fantastic!! Treasured gifts for sure

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#15 posted 11-11-2008 10:23 PM

Very nice projects !

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

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