Grandfather/tall case clock

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Project by Don Kondra posted 01-02-2010 06:18 PM 2709 views 7 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch


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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#1 posted 01-02-2010 06:27 PM

That’s beautiful.

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#2 posted 01-02-2010 06:50 PM

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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#3 posted 01-02-2010 06:57 PM

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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#4 posted 01-02-2010 07:07 PM

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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#5 posted 01-02-2010 07:15 PM

That is really pretty, I loooove the cherry.

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

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#6 posted 01-02-2010 07:25 PM

Beautiful, very nice!

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#7 posted 01-02-2010 07:29 PM

Beautiful work Don!!

-- Have a Good One....

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#8 posted 01-02-2010 08:41 PM


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

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#9 posted 01-02-2010 08:56 PM

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,

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#10 posted 01-02-2010 10:03 PM

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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#11 posted 01-02-2010 10:23 PM

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

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

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#12 posted 01-02-2010 10:35 PM

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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#13 posted 01-03-2010 12:22 AM

Beautiful clock, Don. Stunning.

-- John

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#14 posted 01-03-2010 01:55 AM


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#15 posted 01-03-2010 02:33 AM

That’s one fine looking clock great job

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