Mantel clock with hidden compartment

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Project by ddmau posted 02-10-2017 03:10 PM 834 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

My wife has always said that she wanted to learn more about making things out of wood.
In 2005 we set out with a set of plans that I got from a Woodsmith magazine on a cute mantel clock.
With combined families there are many and for a Christmas gift for everyone we needed to make 20 of these.
It was a wonderful project and my wife learned a lot.

Most of these pictures are of the one we have here at home. The other one, where we used different wood, is an example of how we varied how each clock looked, they were all basically unique.

The clock itself is very cute. The four sides of each are made out of one plank of cherry. The four equal length sides are mitered so when assembled the grain runs evenly around the box. There are many small pieces that need to be made and numerous jigs were needed.

As you can see the lid is removable which allows you to keep something in a hidden place. The top of each lid was inlayed veneer, that alone was an interesting feat.

All in all it was a great project to do together and everyone loved their Christmas gift. We made labels with our names, Merry Christmas, the year and handcrafted that were put on the underside of each lid.

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#1 posted 02-11-2017 12:35 PM

Looks great. That’s a very nice gift to give. I really like the dual use. You and your wife were very busy. Great job!!!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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