Mission Mantle Clocks

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Project by rodneyh posted 08-19-2015 05:12 AM 2409 views 17 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another batch of clocks for sale on Etsy (16 this time around). All are QSWO, with various color finishes. Finish on all is dye stain, sealer, darker gel stain (for the pores), and 2 coats of hand wiped urethane. I really like the way the black came out. I made 2 sizes: The smaller (blockier looking clocks in pics) is 7” tall, 8” wide, 3.6” deep, and incorporates a 4” square dial. The larger is 10” tall, 11.5” wide, 4.6” deep, and incorporates a 6” square dial. M&T construction, but I had to get a bit creative on the sides to accommodate the dial. Instead of a mortise on the sides, I routed a slot from the top of the side down to the bottom of the lower rail. It acts as the mortises for the rails, as well as a recess to hold the dial.

Dials are all etched & infill painted by myself. If you poke around at my previous clocks, you’ll find info about the process I use. I use, copper, brass, and nickel silver that I either heat treat or chemically patinate.

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#1 posted 08-19-2015 11:42 AM

I really like them a lot. The finish is perfect. And the dials..I have to learn how to do that. Great job! One question if I could ask; when making the dials, is there any little secrets that helps?

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#2 posted 08-19-2015 12:50 PM

I think they are an eye catcher. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 08-19-2015 02:59 PM

Beautiful design and execution. Dials are exceptional. Not sure which finish I like best – all are very pleasing. Well done Rodney.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#4 posted 08-19-2015 03:07 PM

Really nice clocks. Hope you have a lot of success on ebay.

-- Bob

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#5 posted 08-19-2015 03:30 PM

Dials: Not much of my current etch technique is applicable to “hobbyist” techniques that I started out with, or that you’d want to use. The info online for people making circuit boards is excellent. 2 things I’d mention. 1st, temperature matters a huge amount for the etch process. I believe I ran at 40-50C. My 1st etch tank was a Goodwill coffee pot that I rewired to get the temp where I wanted. 2nd, use a fish tank air bubbler in your tank to get a far faster and more uniform etch.

Finish: I’ve been using Jeff Jewitt’s mission finish recipe on nearly all oak pieces I build.

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#6 posted 08-19-2015 11:47 PM

Great looking set of mantel clocks! Those dials are very impressive!

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

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