Grandfather Clock

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Project by Kent Shepherd posted 1884 days ago 2179 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a clock I built in the early 1980’s
I used Ash. The works were from Emperor Clock Co. I desighed the case.The spiral turnings were bought (I know, I cheated) The finish is a custom mix oil stain, with a semi-gloss lacquer finish. Very often I distress my finishes. After sanding the sealer, I brush flat black enamel on a scrap board. Then I take a swing set chain, looped twice (the two pieces are offset) with a tape handle, and drag it though the black to pick up a little on the chains. Simply beat away on the piece. You get dents and blacks specks at the same time. Also calms frustrations! I also dry brushed the same black paint on the edges for accent. You don’t notice that so much, unless it’s not there. Really adds depth to the finish. I do all of that over sealer so if I get carried away with the black, I can easily wipe it off.

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#1 posted 1884 days ago

Beautiful clock. Amazing really, very nice work.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 1884 days ago

Gorgeous clock. Very well done and quite elegant.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#3 posted 1884 days ago

Beautiful work Kent, a true craftsman, must have taken a few hours to build it.

-- SAEPE EXPERTUS, SEMPER FIDELIS, FRATRES AETERNI - "Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever"

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#4 posted 1884 days ago

Got to go with the rest…simple a beautiful clock !!!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#5 posted 1884 days ago

I hope that you didn’t have the glass in it when you went at it with a chain.

Great job. Beautiful clock.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#7 posted 1884 days ago

Fantastic job love that finish.

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#8 posted 1884 days ago

Beautifull . I’ve always wanted to learn that gooseneck moulding technique .


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#9 posted 1883 days ago

Really beautiful grandfather clock. I like the finish, the wood looks natural.

The spiral turnings were bought (I know, I cheated) Why treat it as cheating, I would rather call it incorporating..because I see most pro furniture makers/home refurbers (in my place) do not make their own moldings. In fact the cabinet’s maker of my kitchen bought factory-made frame & panel doors and he just assembled it.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#10 posted 1883 days ago

Hey Kent
This is one spectacular clock most wonderful design,finish and carving . Very well done looks great,

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 1882 days ago

Beautiful clock! Great job as always! Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 1879 days ago

One very nice clock Kent.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 1876 days ago

one word says it all “OUTSTANDING”

-- you must live for something or die for nothing (rambo)

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#14 posted 1526 days ago

Great distressing and de-stressing teqnique…

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