Cross Mantle Clock for wedding anniversary gift.

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Project by dbhost posted 12-15-2009 05:01 AM 2181 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My second wedding anniversary is tomorrow, and I wanted to make something special for my wife. This design sprung to mind about a week ago, and after a trip to Woodcraft (I didn’t have enough Walnut) and digging through my spares, I came up with this. I used about 1 bd / ft of walnut, and scraps of red oak. The pocket for the clock works was the hardest thing to do on this, as it was mortised in by hand with mallet and chisels. Edge detail on the upright piece is a bullnose, the base received half the bullnose treatment and features a 3/8” roundover…

The clock Bezel came from Lee Valley, the clock works and hands came from Michaels. and were purchased for a clock project for her. I am hoping that she will want to use this as a desk clock when she gets a new job. (She is one of those caught up in the economic down turn….

The finish is Lemon Oil & Bees Wax. The cross bar piece is held in with biscuits and glue, The upright is held to the base with 3/8” oak dowels and glue.

And yes I know, 2nd anniversary traditional gift is cotton, got that covered too!

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#1 posted 12-15-2009 05:10 AM

very nice clock, I like the design, and she will love it.

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#2 posted 12-15-2009 05:34 AM

That came out great.
Happy Anniversary.
She’ll love it!

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#3 posted 12-15-2009 07:25 AM

Fabulous, David, you made it. Nice design, great execution. Sometimes you know, you do something right, meaning “men”. Bask in it, wallow in it, you deserve it. It may be a long time before it happens again…......(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 12-15-2009 07:37 AM

Fantastic job. Very thoughtfull gift (even if it isn’t cotton)haha I am sure she will be very happy to display it at work so she can gloat how much you care.

Great design and build. Keep it up.


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#5 posted 12-15-2009 06:55 PM

very nice – I like the design

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#6 posted 12-16-2009 05:49 AM

Simple elegance. Thanks for posting.

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#7 posted 12-16-2009 05:53 AM

Very cool!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 12-07-2010 07:00 AM

Very nice clock.

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#9 posted 12-07-2010 04:38 PM

Thanks. Now that it has a year on the mantle almost, and a couple more coats of the oil & bees wax, it has taken on a really nice silky sheen… LOML loves it.

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#10 posted 03-20-2014 03:06 AM

Sweet I love clocks

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#11 posted 03-20-2014 07:23 AM

Thanks. Clocks are some of my favorite wood projects. Not sure why, I just love making them…

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#12 posted 03-21-2014 06:22 PM

Yup me too, I haven’t made one in a long time but many have come out of my shop over the years, a cool time piece in my mind can’t be beat.

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

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