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Project by ShiveringTim posted 01-08-2010 10:21 PM 1116 views 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I saw the mantel clock on the cover of a recent issue of Wood Magazine, I thought it was a good project for me to work on as an xmas gift for my grandmother and mother. I started to look into getting the same movement they used in the magazine and found that it was a lot higher priced than I planned on. I decided then that a few simple clock parts from my local Woodcraft and a few tweaks to the design would make this a really nice project. The plans called for a rather large inset movement (5” circle or so). I figured I could make my own clock face via CAD software and add a door to the front instead of using the inset. The rest of the case followed the plan with the exception of making room for the door.

You’ll see in the pictures that one is shorter than the other. The wood I used for the second clock was a bit narrower and I wouldn’t be able to make the base as wide as the plans called for, so I had to bring in the heights and widths a bit to keep the proportions close. The left clock is made of red oak and the right clock is cherry (or what I was told was cherry when I bought it).

For a finish, I used danish oil – golden oak for the left clock and cherry for the right. I can see myself using this as a finish in the future as I thought it went on really easy and the results looked really good.

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