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Project by madburg posted 02-08-2016 01:33 PM 703 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Marquetry grandfather clock

This was the third long case clock I made, and my first dabble at marquetry. Its case is based on a Marquetry longcase clock by William Grimes, made in London in 1685. The detail of the marquetry panels is however based on designs from a different clock. The caddy top and brass mounts are additional to the original Grimes case, though in keeping with the period.

Notice how crude the marquetry is – though probably in keeping with the period!! I vowed I would never do marquetry again but …..........

Any how I stack cut the flowers on a jig saw. They were done over size with some flipped so I got quite a few variations from one cutting. I then let the flowers into the back ground using bevel cutting with a hand held fret saw.

The clock case is made from solid Tasmainian oak, trimmed in solid walnut, walnut veneer and burr walnut with box wood stringing.

The working design is taken from drawings in the book ‘Wooden Clock Cases’ by David Bryant published in 1994. An excellent book if you like making clocks

It was expected that the clock would have been made before I migrated to Western Australia in 2006, hence Anston, the village in South Yorkshire where I used to live appears on the dial. The black tape covers my name as the pictures were taken prior to its entry in our local Woodworking competition.

The amazing period dial is made by John Skeavington, of Sutton Bonington, Leicestershire, who has made several dials for me. I made the steel pierced hands. The movement, the best I could get, is a Kieninger KSU55 – weight driven, with triple chime on 9 bells, and automatic night silence.

We have four chiming clocks in our house so night silence is a must!!

-- Madburg WA





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shipwright

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#1 posted 02-08-2016 02:55 PM

This is another lovely piece. The marquetry looks extremely good for a “first dabble” but then we are beginning to realize that you are a talented craftsman and I guess it should not come as a surprise.

You would enjoy the tall clocks that Patrick Edwards has posted here.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/77158 (not is first dabble however). :-)

Thanks so much for showing us these beautiful pieces.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#2 posted 02-08-2016 02:58 PM

Welcome to Ljs
This is a wonderful and beautiful piece, great job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#3 posted 02-08-2016 03:45 PM

Another beautiful piece of art. Wish I could come even close to doing marquetry as sloppy as that! Absolutely beautiful.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#4 posted 02-08-2016 06:09 PM

Your patience for details is impressive.
I’m a real fan of reproduction antique clocks with real mechanical movements. Having made many wall hung clocks of various types I have a personal affinity for clocks. Some how those clocks with quartz movements seem less than genuine no matter the quality of the wood working involved. The weekly winding of my clocks is sort of like feeding and petting your dog or cat.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 02-08-2016 06:47 PM

Fabulous work. I wish I could boast such “crude” marquetry.

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#6 posted 02-08-2016 09:02 PM

Marquetry looks remarkable to me, amazing clock.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#7 posted 02-08-2016 09:23 PM

This is a beautiful clock, you have done some fantastic marquetry. Thanks for posting!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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kiefer

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#8 posted 02-08-2016 11:09 PM

A fine clock I must say with envy .
Great marquetry and craftsmanship .

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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#9 posted 02-08-2016 11:22 PM

This clock is absolutely beautiful and a fine piece of art.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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#10 posted 02-09-2016 02:13 AM

Excellent craftsmanship! A truly beautiful piece.

-- Dave, York, PA, WildSide Woodworking

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Kiwib0y

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#11 posted 02-09-2016 06:52 AM

Now that is one hick of a nice clock. You made a spelling mistake in the second paragraph. The word CRUDE I think is slept incorrectly. Should it be Amazing or stunning or fantastic or similar. Don’t be so hard on yourself, That is what us LJ’s are for but with outstanding work like that we are been totally silenced.

-- "It is only a silly question if it is not asked" Don,New Zealand

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#12 posted 02-20-2016 10:03 AM

Ahhh but if you look carefully at the marquetry, every flower, leaf, twig, and bird is in its own space. Nothing overlaps!! Being my first dabble I didn’t want to cut through stuff I had already done, hence the space around them all.

Now this one is more like it but its 7 years on, and some of my techniques have improved.

I wasn’t too worried about cutting through stuff I had already done, so lots of things over lap, and it looks so much better! Could have done with more sand shading – may be on the next one. Its from a cabinet project that I haven’t posted yet

-- Madburg WA

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