Christmas clocks

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Project by map posted 12-09-2008 06:29 AM 1430 views 6 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Rhe clocks are finally done. Since one of them has to go to London, just in time.

They are made from quater sawn white oak. The construction was a bit on the tricky side (for me) since the face is only 3/8” thick. Dowelling together with 1/4” dowels was a chalange.

The toughest thinng, however, was the finish. I should have thought about this a long time ago. I have never done an Arts anf Crafts finish before and didn’t want to screw up what, for me, was fairly good woodwork. Thanks to all who have commented and helped in this task!

-- measure once, cut once, swear, start over

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#1 posted 12-09-2008 06:35 AM

A nice job. The clock look perfect.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 12-09-2008 01:30 PM

They turned out really nice well done.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#3 posted 12-09-2008 02:43 PM

Nice looking timepieces. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 12-09-2008 03:36 PM

These are great. I am sure the recipients will be very glad to get them.

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#5 posted 12-09-2008 03:42 PM

well done

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 12-09-2008 04:22 PM

Those are beautifully done in every way. I really like the sound holes in the back as a extra embellishment.

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

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#7 posted 12-09-2008 04:45 PM

Looking good,were did you get the clock works?

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Douglas Krueger

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#8 posted 12-09-2008 04:51 PM

Lovely set of clocks, going to have to tackle a project like that one of these days.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#9 posted 12-09-2008 05:27 PM

Well done. I’ve made this one of my favorites – it would look great in my wife’s bedroom.

-- Always do the Right Thing the Right Way the First Time - if you can figure out what that is! Ken, Spring Branch, TX

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#10 posted 12-09-2008 05:34 PM


The works came from


-- measure once, cut once, swear, start over

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#11 posted 12-09-2008 09:26 PM

Those really turned out nice.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#12 posted 12-09-2008 09:59 PM

Those are great looking. The color on the finish is nice. How did you do the finish stain??

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

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#13 posted 12-09-2008 11:20 PM

Nice looking clocks. A regulator style is on my to do list for someday.

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#14 posted 12-10-2008 12:47 AM


I first tinted the wood with alcohol based TransTint honey amber dye. Then I applied a coat of dark walnut Danish oil. When that dried, I sealed with SealCoat shellac followed with 2 coats of water based polly and then wax. The Danish oil worked fine, but it needs to dry for 72 hours before it should be overcoated, When you are up against a deadline, that can be a problem.

Also, beore I applied the seal coat, I used some dark walnut wiping stain on the mitered end grain to match the color of the rest.


-- measure once, cut once, swear, start over

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#15 posted 12-10-2008 01:44 AM


Thanks for the info. They sure turned out nice.

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

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