Greene & Greene Wall Clock

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Project by Mean_Dean posted 04-05-2015 12:44 AM 3081 views 14 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Greene & Greene-style wall clock that I made from plans in the November, 2014 issue of Wood Magazine.

The clock is made out of African mahogany, stained with the Greene & Greene color formula developed by Darrell Peart, and finished with 7 coats of home-brewed wiping varnish.

The dimensions are: 13”H x 12”W x 5”D.

Now for the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly:

The Good: The stain formula really makes the mahogany look like the Greene’s furniture! Darrell Peart really nailed it! Also, the finish came out really well. Wiping off the excess finish after application really makes the finish smooth, by helping it cure faster, thus reducing dust nibs. I still sanded between coats, but the last coat is silky smooth.

The Bad: The finish took 4 days to apply, at 2 coats per day. I mixed my wiping varnish at 1:1, polyurethane to mineral spirits, which made the finish quite thin. In retrospect, I could have gone with 2:1 poly/mineral spirits.

The Ugly: At the corners of the wall-mounting bracket are 1” radius curves. I laid out the curves precisely, cut them on the bandsaw, and sanded them smooth with a 2” diameter drum at the spindle sander – and couldn’t get them all precisely the same! So if you look carefully, you can see they’re not all precisely the same. It would have worked better if I’d just used a 2” diameter Forstner bit on the drill press – of course, it helps to have a 2” Forstner bit……..

Thanks for looking, and any and all comments are appreciated!

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

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#1 posted 04-05-2015 12:49 AM

I see no ‘ugly’ here, Dean. Beautiful details and finish. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 04-05-2015 12:55 AM

Very beautiful craftsmanship. Truly outstanding. Who’s movement and face did you choose? I like it as well.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#3 posted 04-05-2015 01:03 AM

Candy: Thank you very much! I guess I’m a bit of a perfectionist, and those cut-outs bug me a little. I’m learning to let go, though!

Russell: Thank you very much, also! The clock parts came from Schlabaugh & Sons

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

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#4 posted 04-05-2015 01:11 AM

Looks good to me, I would be proud of that piece and not worry about mentioning any imperfections it may have.

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#5 posted 04-05-2015 02:02 AM

We’re always the worst critics of our own work. Looks like a fine piece from my house bud;-) Good job Dean.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#6 posted 04-05-2015 03:10 AM

That is a handsome clock. Well done.

-- Rick M,

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#7 posted 04-05-2015 03:30 AM

That’s a beauty Dean. I like everything about it. Fine work.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#8 posted 04-05-2015 04:12 AM

I am with, Candy, Toolhandler, Mas, BigRedknothead, Rick M., R_Stad, and no doubt any other LJ that cares to comment.

Get the hint?

-- Regards Rob

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#9 posted 04-05-2015 04:32 AM

Very nice! Beautiful color and great details.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#10 posted 04-05-2015 12:08 PM

Great work Dean. It was fun to watch the progress on the furniture thread.

As for the ugly, I’ll PM you my address. I have the perfect spot for it to be on center display in my living room.


-- -- Andy, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of liberty must undergo the fatigues of supporting it” - Thomas Paine

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#11 posted 04-05-2015 01:56 PM

Nice clock I like the design and the colour .
You did not mention the face and clock movement what did you use ?


-- Kiefer

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#12 posted 04-05-2015 02:11 PM

I remember seeing that clock in Wood magazine and thinking it would be fun to make. You have done a great job with it. On you finish though, did you brush or spray in on? I do however like the stain. It does look as though you fumed it. Great job!!!!!

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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#13 posted 04-05-2015 02:34 PM

Great job that is one nice clock.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#14 posted 04-05-2015 04:00 PM

Nice work Dean,it will be a nice piece to handdown through the family!

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain

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#15 posted 04-05-2015 04:05 PM

This is a very nice execution of the clock plans. It looks great and minor differences in small things make them our own creations. It is great.

-- The view only changes for the leading dog.

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