Grandfather Clock

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Project by Randy Sharp posted 09-25-2015 03:23 PM 1067 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Follow the entire build blog series here.

This clock was built with cherry and took seven weeks to complete.

As part of this build, I produced several “how to” videos demonstrating how to make some of the more difficult pieces. For example, one video shows how to take square stock and make the fluted columns using a handheld router.

The plans, glass and movement came from Klockit. The plans are most detailed and complete woodworking plans I’ve ever worked with. Their customer service is excellent!

One interesting element of the build was the finishing process. I literally gave the clock a suntan to help age and color the cherry.

Thanks for looking!

Follow the entire build blog series here.

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#1 posted 09-25-2015 03:27 PM

Very nice build Randy. My dad did 2 G/F clocks back in the day. They’re heirlooms now. Yours will be to some day. Well done.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 09-25-2015 03:42 PM

You really did a fine job on this clock. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 09-25-2015 04:15 PM

That’s a really nice work. Nothing tests, hones, and show cases a craftsman’s ability like a grandfather clock.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#4 posted 09-25-2015 04:36 PM

Great work.
I’ve build a number of wall clocks including some large European style weighted regulator type clocks but always shied away from a Grandfather clock. Primarily because with all the work involved I would want to put the only finest movement in it and that costs a minimum of $2000. Also my wife asks, “where would we put it”.

Just a reminder. Clock movements should be cleaned and oiled about every 3-5 years. Use only oil made for clocks (it is created to reduce evaporation). Do that and the movement will last well over 50 years without major repairs.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 09-25-2015 10:08 PM

Randy, that is beautiful piece. A true example of fine craftsmanship.

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#6 posted 09-25-2015 11:59 PM

Beautiful Grandfather clock! I’m sure you’ll get many years of satisfaction and enjoyment from seeing it everyday!

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

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#7 posted 09-26-2015 12:09 AM

really nice work – congrats

-- Greg Simon

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#8 posted 09-26-2015 12:12 PM

Well done indeed.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#9 posted 09-26-2015 12:30 PM


-- "I'm not afraid of heights. I'm afraid of widths." - Steven Wright

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#10 posted 09-27-2015 12:28 AM

Randy. Tremendous job on this clock. Thanks for sharing. Please post some larger pictures if you have the time. Thanks! AJ

-- AJ, Long Island. New York

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