Cherry Mantle Clock

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Project by mpm3 posted 05-08-2009 08:33 PM 1928 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Always wanted to replace the purely average clock on our fireplace mantle. Mechanical movement (8-day windup) is from Klockit. The case design and plans are my own (for better or for worse). Case is solid cherry with lacewood and curly maple inlays. Finish is boiled linseed oil followed by 4 or 5 coats of Formsby’s oil/varnish and a coat of wax. I don’t recommend climb cuts on a router table with small parts (like say, the door to a clock case) – I spent about a week repairing the damage caused by me losing control during one of those cuts.

Thanks -

-- Matt

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#1 posted 05-08-2009 08:50 PM

Nice job.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 05-08-2009 08:59 PM

thats lovely .

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#3 posted 05-08-2009 09:48 PM

very well done

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 05-08-2009 10:02 PM

I’m curious as to how you did the crown and base with the carved detail. Looks good.

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#5 posted 05-08-2009 10:50 PM

For the crown and base, I used a carving punch – its about the size of a small pen with the business end dimpled. Just whack it with a hammer, shift it over, repeat. Took about an hour for each (top and bottom)

-- Matt

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#6 posted 05-09-2009 12:00 AM

Great job.

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#7 posted 05-09-2009 12:14 AM

That’s a nice clock, Matt. I like the dimpled effect on the crown and base. Where did you buy the carving punch?

-- John

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#8 posted 05-09-2009 04:37 AM

This is a nice clock, Matt. Cherry happens to be my favorite wood and you did a good job with the construction and finish. I like the maple and lacewood accents. They add visual interest to the piece.

Nice job.

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#9 posted 05-09-2009 04:43 AM

Great Lookin Clock

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#10 posted 05-09-2009 07:28 AM

Great clock.
It really pleases me that you didn’t take the easy way out and put one of those cheap battery movements in after all the work of making the great looking case (-; With regular cleaning and oiling (every 3 years) the movement should run for 50+ years.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#11 posted 05-23-2009 05:48 PM

Nice Mantle Clock.

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#12 posted 02-13-2011 06:57 PM

Pretty nice clock and the face compliments your skills : )

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