|Project by Mean_Dean||posted 04-05-2015 12:44 AM||2333 views||14 times favorited||23 comments|
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