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Project by Don Kondra posted 1703 days ago 1917 views 7 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Greetings,

A long time coming but it is finished :)

The clients supplied the clock mechanism and asked me to build a case for them. Kinda like working backwards using the mechanism to determin the case dimensions.

Wood is pitchy cherry, mortice and tenon construction, coves cut on the table saw. As much as possible all parts are cut from the same board or bookmatched including the back panels which are shop cut veneers on baltic birch.

The top is a frame with a glass insert, hopefully that will allow more light into the interior of the case.

One interesting detail is the request for an exterior night chime shut off handle that could be accessed without opening the door. It turned out to be as easy as drilling a hole in the top and attaching a 3/16” brass rod to the lever on the clock, then I hand carved a curly maple handle for it..

Finish is Watco natural oil and post cat lacquer.

Cheers, Don

-- Don Kondra - Furniture Designer/Maker





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tucsoncyclist

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#1 posted 1703 days ago

That’s beautiful.

-- Marc - Tucson, AZ

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richgreer

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#2 posted 1703 days ago

Very impressive. Many years ago I built a grandfather clock from a kit. It’s oak and I did not do a very good job with it. On my project list is a plan to retrieve the works from that clock and build a new one – probably out of cherry with some exotic wood (probably ebony) accents. This is a beautiful example and an inspiration for me.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Brad_Nailor

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#3 posted 1703 days ago

Beautiful piece! I like the pitchy cherry. Great finish and I love the openness of the case, with all the glass. You can see the clock mechanisum….I always like stuff that you can see the inner workings. Great work

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Dusty56

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#4 posted 1703 days ago

Thank you for the close-ups of the details …not only is your project beautiful , but the photography is top notch as well…Excellent Craftsmanship and I also liked the “before” pictures : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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jm82435

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#5 posted 1703 days ago

That is really pretty, I loooove the cherry.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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paul700

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#6 posted 1703 days ago

Beautiful, very nice!

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Brent

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#7 posted 1703 days ago

Beautiful work Don!!

-- Have a Good One....

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Hallmark

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#8 posted 1703 days ago

Lovely.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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Joe Brumley

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#9 posted 1703 days ago

Great job, Don! I love the shop too. I’m unable to stand an 8’ board on end in mine. In due time though. Thanks for sharing.

-- Joe, Indiana, http://www.crookedshack.com

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Tim Dahn

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#10 posted 1702 days ago

Very nice Don, the finish is outstanding. I like the accent pieces too.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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Moron

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#11 posted 1702 days ago

B E A U T I F U L !!!!!

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Don Kondra

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#12 posted 1702 days ago

Thank you all very much for your comments.

The clock has just left the building, the clients are Happy and I have a cheque in hand :)

Life is good…

Cheers, Don

-- Don Kondra - Furniture Designer/Maker

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wwnovice

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#13 posted 1702 days ago

Beautiful clock, Don. Stunning.

-- John

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Charles Maxwell

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#14 posted 1702 days ago

superb!

-- Max the "night janitor" at www.hardwoodclocks.com

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a1Jim

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#15 posted 1702 days ago

That’s one fine looking clock great job

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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