Easy Tall Case Clock

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Project by sawdustdad posted 12-31-2015 12:17 PM 658 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is an easy tall case clock to build. I’ve made 7 or 8 of these in cherry, walnut and oak. It’s actually a Woodsmith design from some years ago. The movement is quartz. I’ve modified the design slightly for various recipients—all family members. I usually do a bookmatched panel for the door. There is storage inside. You can change the clockface to suit, but the clock is sized for a standard 10 inch dial face available from most suppliers—Woodcraft, etc. Most of the construction is easy-butt joints for the base, waist and hood. Kreg pocket screws for the frames except for the doors which are cope and stick.

I like the Hermle movements. Two C cells, very realistic Westminster or Bim-Bam chimes, with various modes—hour only, quarter hour chimes, silent at night or always silent. I put a Tides and Time movement in one for a house by the water.

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Any board cut to length has a 50% probability of being too short.

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#1 posted 12-31-2015 01:23 PM

Attractive clock. The fact that it’s easier to build is another plus. If you’ve made 7 or 8 of these plus all your other projects, you must be a busy beaver. lol My output is glacial.

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

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#2 posted 12-31-2015 01:43 PM

like the simple design a lot!

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#3 posted 12-31-2015 02:43 PM

Very nice clock. I’m not a subscriber to Woodsmith if you happen to come across which issue please let me know.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#4 posted 12-31-2015 02:50 PM

You did a fine job on this clock. It’s very attractive.

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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#5 posted 12-31-2015 02:59 PM

that is a Shaker design, I have built a few of these several years ago, but I put glass in the door, my wife and daughter still have theirs, they have a mechanical movement. if I build anymore I’ll use a quartz movement, don’t have to worry about cleaning every year.

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#6 posted 12-31-2015 03:08 PM

From what I can see…...some very straight line and nice tight miters. Looks very crisp and clean.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#7 posted 12-31-2015 06:59 PM

I have a g-father clock movement that I’ve been hauling around in a box for about 20 years. Every time I’ve thought about making a case for it, I get bogged down thinking how daunting a task it’s gonna be. But maybe something as simple as this …. Hmmmmmm

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#8 posted 12-31-2015 08:48 PM

here’s the Woodsmith issue #70

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Any board cut to length has a 50% probability of being too short.

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