Dunning of Burlington, VT, 8-day "Parliament" style wall timepiece

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Replica of a C.1840, J. N. Dunning, Burlington, VT, 8-day “Parliament” style wall timepiece. Walnut with walnut burl waist and door. I even emulated the cracking and separation that occurs on burl veneer of this age. Pendulum driven works. Lots of band saw work on cutting out the lower parts!

Wood: Walnut and walnut burl veneer

Tools used: table saw, miter saw, band saw, scroll saw, thickness sander, finish sander, thickness planer, router, jointer, shaper, 1” belt sander, oscillating spindle sander, hand chisels, low-profile block plane, glass cutter.

Finish: Mohawk tinting sprays, shellac. (No Minwax found in this shop!)

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#1 posted 1614 days ago

That is one cool clock

-- I like boxes!!!

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#2 posted 1614 days ago

You do beautiful work, my Friend!! Thank you for sharing it, and welcome to LJ”s…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#3 posted 1614 days ago

Great clock. You really acomplished the “old” look.
I also like the way your are including your materials and tools used. More of us should be doing that.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 1614 days ago

This is great Jim even the ageing

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 1614 days ago

Another fantastic piece Jim. Glad you came to the Arizona Picnic and joined LJ’s.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#6 posted 1614 days ago

Sweet! You did a great job. Your craftsmanship looks superb!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 1613 days ago

Beautiful clock.

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#8 posted 1613 days ago

Jim, that’s awesome! every detail. Very, very nice. Thanks for sharing that with us.

-- John @

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#9 posted 1613 days ago

Great work. It looks like an antique. I’m curious about the movement and clock face which has a parchment look to it. I also second LesB’s comments on listing your materials and tools.

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#10 posted 1613 days ago

The movement is an antique 8 day time only one I already owned that had the correct drop. I try to use the correct antique movements with the cases I build…..if possible. Since this is a museum piece (the one I used as an example sold for $45,000 at a high-end auction!), I did not have a similar hand-made movement by Mr. Dunning. The face is a purchased paper face. Since this is a 14” dial, I could not print it on the computer like I do many times. I use both purchased paper faces and special paper faces I design in MS WORD (Word Art) if I do not have the correct manufacturer’s trademark face in my stock. It is then aged with mechanical wear spots in the correct locations and with stains to simulate age.

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#11 posted 1611 days ago

Amazing work, you could do replica work and fool the best of them.

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

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