Marquetry Clock

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Project by mauibob posted 1591 days ago 2525 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a Christmas present for my wife last year – she has always been in love with clocks having Westminster chimes. The clock face was created from contrasting veneers using the design concept in the article by John Sedgwick, “Cutting Multi-Pointed ‘Stars’”, Canadian Marquetry, Dec. 1997 The 24-point star design was made with Birdseye Maple and Fiddleback Sapele and embedded in a Walnut Burl veneer backing.

The finished clock face was applied to one side of a 1/4” sheet of MDF using a quilted maple veneer for the other side to balance the stresses. The cocobolo frame was rabbeted to accept the clock face, and Hawaiian koa splines used to reinforce the miter joints. Cocobolo blocks were also added to provide a mounting mechanism for the clock on a wall. The quartz movement is from the German manufacturer Hermle and can play either Westminster chimes or an Ave Maria melody.

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#1 posted 1591 days ago

Very Cool, Nice Compass, I am going to have to Make me some !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 1591 days ago

Very coo!!

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#3 posted 1591 days ago

Beautiful wood coordination. I especially like the walnut – beautiful stock. Great work!

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#4 posted 1591 days ago

very nice looking Parquetry! Great job

-- Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 1591 days ago

Neat concept! The woods work very nicely together!

-- Ed

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#6 posted 1591 days ago

Beautiful combination of woods, great job on the parquetry….......... something I sure would like to try!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#7 posted 1591 days ago

Nice contrast

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#8 posted 1591 days ago

Wonderful clock ,nice marquetry too.

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Frankie Talarico Jr.

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#9 posted 1591 days ago

nice job wrapping the grain around the frame. The two tone “Star points” give it a nice touch. The walnut below really makes the star pop. Nice choice in color and pattern.

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#10 posted 1590 days ago

Beautiful clock. Great job.

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