Grandfather Clock

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Project by jhawkinnc posted 09-17-2009 05:02 AM 3917 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First of all, let me preface this posting by saying that this was not my creation. My wife and I were lucky enough to be the recipient of this cherry grandfather clock as a wedding present that was handcrafted by my father and finished by my mother. It’s based upon an image of a Nathaniel Mulliken clock found in an old book. Dad meticulously drew up the plans (the engineer in him) and then set about making this.

My father passed away two years ago. I have most of his tools in my wood shop now and hope to be able to be half as talented as he was.

It’s truly a possession that we will always treasure.

PS: My brother and his wife received a beautiful cherry pencil post bed for their wedding present.

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#1 posted 09-17-2009 05:08 AM

Truly a fine clock a treasure to have from the hands of an outstanding woodworking talent, your father. What a outstanding gift and fine furniture to have you remember you father every time you look at it.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 09-17-2009 05:26 AM

beautiful heirloom piece. Yes, quite a well made family treasure.

It immediately reminded me of a family clock I was helping to research. I got it down to a early 1800’s clock from England… the resemblance to your clock face and cabinet caught my attention real quick.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#3 posted 09-17-2009 05:29 AM

That is truly beautiful. Thankyou for sharing.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#4 posted 09-17-2009 05:42 AM

Wow, it’s a beautiful clock. I dream of making a grandfather clock one day when I have more time. The best part is it’s an heirloom.

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood, only smaller projects.

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#5 posted 09-17-2009 12:04 PM

You are very lucky to have such a tangible memory of your father, especially since you are also a woodworker. It is a truly beautiful piece of work and a wonderful family heirloom.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 09-17-2009 02:11 PM

Gorgeous! Be mindful of the woods next to that vent! I would redirect the air flow away from the clock casework. Fine furniture doesn’t like sun, humidity and temperature swings! Many years of enjoyment follow.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#7 posted 09-17-2009 02:30 PM

What a beautiful clock. Your father was a master craftsman for sure. Thanks for sharing that with us.

-- John @

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#8 posted 09-17-2009 07:20 PM

Thank you for your kind words, everyone. Dad would have loved seeing all of the incredible work shown on LJs.

Charles – the vent is our first floor air return so there’s no air blowing out on the clock. Thanks for the heads up!

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#9 posted 09-17-2009 08:39 PM

That is an amazing looking clock

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#10 posted 09-17-2009 10:16 PM

I had to go back and take another look… I really like your clock over the similar antique clock that is in our family. The lines on your cabinet are beautifully done.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#11 posted 09-18-2009 08:27 AM

That is a true treasure. What a talented man your father was. :D

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#12 posted 09-20-2009 05:13 AM

WOW, what talent and craftsmanship. Cherish all that is attached to such a work of love. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#13 posted 09-22-2009 08:13 AM

Such a great time piece, cherish it forever as I’m sure you will

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#14 posted 04-22-2011 02:13 PM

Beautiful clock and such a terrific story to accompany it. Thanks for posting the pics and the text.

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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