Grandfather Clock

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Project by dclark1943 posted 10-28-2015 11:16 PM 1174 views 7 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I retired back in ‘08, my wife gave me a gift: A Hermle 8 day tubular chime grandfather clock movement and a set of plans. Couldn’t get any better then that ! So I put the boxes on a shelf and they sat there for 5 years ! funny how time just goes when you’re busy! So in January of ‘13 I started and it still took me two plus years to get it done! Sad, but true! Well anyway, finally moved it upstairs and set it up and am now enjoying the beautiful chimes and clock. I chose cherry wood – - even knowing about blotching, and set out. A lot of careful machining and fitting along the way, and figuring out how to make the arched crown – - which was the biggest challenge of the build. When I finally finished the clock, the thought of staining it really froze me, and I let it set another year before I finally threw caution to the winds and just did it – - don’t know why I waited so long to do that as it turned out just great ! The finish I chose was General brown mahogany get stain – - two coats, a coat of a vinyl sealer, then two coats of General stringed instrument lacquer rubbed out with 0000 steel wool and a coat of Johnson’s paste wax. The clock stands over 7’ tall, 27” wide and 13 ” deep. and weighs about 125 lbs. It is a classic rendition of 19th century french styling with elements of king Louis Philippe’s influence; clean simple lines, wide Ogee crown, feet and brackets terminate in scrolls and hardware used sparingly.

Thanks to the guys on lumberjocks for walking me through loading the photo’s – - I’m a techno dummy !

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#1 posted 10-28-2015 11:24 PM

Absolutely beautiful grandfather clock. You did a great job on the arched crown. Congratulattions!

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 10-28-2015 11:26 PM

beautiful work.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 10-28-2015 11:27 PM

Beautiful. Very nice craftsmanship and the finish looks fantastic.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#4 posted 10-28-2015 11:44 PM

That’s a beautiful Grandfather clock! The stain turned out really well, and the arched top really sets it off!

-- Dean

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#5 posted 10-28-2015 11:57 PM

Well it’s about time :) …. Excellent job Dave.

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#6 posted 10-29-2015 12:09 AM

Outstanding. Glad to see it finished.

-- Bob

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#7 posted 10-29-2015 12:30 AM

Magnificent piece. Your care and craftsmanship are on full display! Nicely done indeed.

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

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#8 posted 10-29-2015 01:36 AM

Beautiful grandfather clock. The finish looks fantastic.

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#9 posted 10-29-2015 01:43 AM

Very stunning Dave. Wow!!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 10-29-2015 02:42 AM

Simply beautiful. You have obviously spent many hours on this beauty and the result is a piece to be admired for generations. As a side note, how many people a day come into your workshop to sweep and vacuum! It is a credit to you …

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#11 posted 10-29-2015 04:00 AM

Dave, congratulations on a beautiful creation. It shows wonderful craftsmanship. Thanks for taking us along. I especially like the curved lines. They are very pleasing to see and difficult to create.

-- Big Al in IN

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#12 posted 10-29-2015 06:41 AM

That is one of the best amateur/professional woodworking projects I have seen….excellent finished product.

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#13 posted 10-29-2015 08:23 AM

Outstanding!!!!! My father made one for each of his children as wedding gifts. Different style but the effort is the same. I love seeing it everyday. Great work on yours it is beautiful!!!!!! Congrats.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 10-29-2015 09:23 AM

Absolutely stunning. A grandfather clock is on my wish list ie wish I had the skills to build one.

Cheers, John

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#15 posted 10-29-2015 12:02 PM

Hi Dave,

This is one beautiful piece of craftsmanship!!! The top crown Molding is very impressive, it really sets this Grandfather clock at the top of it’s class. Great job!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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