Parquetry & Inlay Mantle Clock

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Project by mauibob posted 1537 days ago 2602 views 9 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After making a version of this clock face for a Christmas present last year for my wife (see my earlier posting for more details), I decided to make another in the form of a mantle clock. The parquetry design for the 24-point clock face is made of birdseye maple and sapele veneers embedded in burl walnut, and the fan inlays are made of the same veneers. The design (inlays and skirt form) was inspired by a Hepplewhite tall case design from the first quarter of the 19th century.

The case is made of chechen rosewood, a wood which can possess some really wild figure. I was a bit concerned that the case figure would take away from the clock inlay, but it seems to work OK.

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#1 posted 1537 days ago

Wow, that’s very beautiful. Great job, what is your finish?

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#2 posted 1537 days ago

looks great i like it a lot i have mades some clocks but this 1 is great
thanks for sharing

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#3 posted 1537 days ago

That is a jaw dropping gorgeous piece of work!

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#4 posted 1537 days ago

Thanks, Dan. The finish is simply 4 coats of pure tung oil—mixed with some mineral spirits to make it a bit easier to apply.

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#5 posted 1537 days ago

that is amazing Great job. really like the inlays and you choice of woods

-- Lynn "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#6 posted 1537 days ago

Very Interesting
Very Beautiful
Very Unique

Very Jealous

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#7 posted 1537 days ago

wonderful clock with amazing details and woods.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 1537 days ago

wooooooooow. that is some neat wood and some really really sweet inlays. very awesome job!

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#10 posted 1537 days ago

Very nicely done. Beautiful job. Thanks for posting.

God bless

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-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 1537 days ago

Simply beautiful!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#14 posted 1537 days ago

Wow! This looks very nice!

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#15 posted 1537 days ago

WOW! One of the very best!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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