Mantel clock with free plans

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Project by Randy Sharp posted 12-29-2014 10:57 PM 5147 views 11 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project is perfect for honing your small project skills, where precision is required.

It starts with a few simple table saw cuts, but incorporates a variety of router table setups to make the joints fit tight to one another.

I choose this particular model after seeing it featured on the Woodsmith Shop television show (Season 6, episode 2). Free plans for this build are available here.

I built seven of these just before Christmas. I made two of oak, one black walnut and four a rich brown walnut.

I stained the oak models, and then finished off with a number of coats of Tung Oil. The walnut clocks just got the oil coating. The clock face was ordered from, referenced in the free plans. The clock works came from Hobby Lobby and the glass was purchased at Lowe’s.

This is an inexpensive build, and building more than one at a time is an economical use of time. My total time in the shop for the seven was around 15 labor hours.

Thanks for looking!

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#1 posted 12-30-2014 12:28 AM

Great looking mantel clocks! I’m sure whomever received them will really enjoy them!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#2 posted 12-30-2014 01:00 PM

Very nice looking clocks. Thanks for sharing the availability of the plans. I think I might make a couple myself.

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#3 posted 03-01-2015 09:55 PM

Nice clocks. I just finished one myself. Mine was made from curly maple. My next one will be quarter sawn red oak. After that maybe sasafras.
I got my plans the same place you did after watching the same show you did. lol

-- Charlie75, Alto

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