Mission Clock

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Project by Andy posted 11-14-2007 04:44 PM 7646 views 47 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this clock for my son Michael, and used elements from both Mission and Arts and Crafts style. The body is quarter sawn White oak and the accents are Walnut. Thats a piece of black granite behind the grill. This is another example of how to use the splines (Walnut strips) to hold the center frame together and also “frame” the clock and grill.The main body is joined with mortise and tenons.Two of the pins at each bottom corner are functional and the other two were added to balance out the design. The clock face is a print I found online and downloaded and printed.The clock is a quartz unit.The finish is an antique English Oak stain and an oil/poly blend top coat.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#1 posted 11-14-2007 04:58 PM

I love this clock! This is absolutely beautiful. I want to make one!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 11-14-2007 04:59 PM

Nice. I like it a lot. How did you do the square pins?


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 11-14-2007 05:13 PM

Beautiful -

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#4 posted 11-14-2007 05:17 PM

A very nice example of Mission / Arts and Crafts style. Where on the internet did you find that clock face?? Wonderful craftsmanship.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#5 posted 11-14-2007 05:22 PM

Gorgeous clock! Great proportions and use of materials.

-- Farles from Niagara - Woodworking, like life, is a journey...enjoy the ride!

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#6 posted 11-14-2007 05:24 PM

Wow! This is the nicest clock of this style I’ve seen. Great job!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 11-14-2007 05:26 PM

Beautiful, with an outstanding finish.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 11-14-2007 06:04 PM

Wonderful clock! Very inspiring. I love the interesting shape of the corbels – how did you come up with that?

-- Nils Davis, Menlo Park, CA

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#9 posted 11-14-2007 06:44 PM

As Borat would say…Very Nice!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#10 posted 11-14-2007 07:33 PM

Another good one, Andy. I really like this clock. Nice design work.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#11 posted 11-14-2007 07:40 PM

Nice Arg ….gotta love that quarter sawn oak. Nice job “popping” the grain patterns

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#12 posted 11-14-2007 08:25 PM

Thanks everyone,I am glad you like it.I really enjoyed making this.It is was easier to make than to design.The proportions and visual balance took several attemps to get right.It was the typical ” you change one element of a design and it effects two others”.

the pins are prepped while the parts are still loose and are done using the benchtop mortiser with a 1/4” and 3/8”chisel and punching the holes slowly to avoid tearout, going to about 1/2” deep.I then make square stock to match using 12” pieces or so, ripping them on the bandsaw oversized a little and reducing them slowly with the Makita planer.I run a scrap along with my pin material to gauge the size, sneeking up on it.I shape the diamond tops on the disc sander,and only put glue,very carefully, in the bottom of the holes….no squeeze out.I tap them in using a soft wood like pine on edge so it will dent before the pin. ( sometimes I will cut them out on the table saw and sand them to size,pushing them back and forth on a piece of sandpaper taped to a pc of 3/4” melamine, or the table saw deck.Its easy to put a little english on them and they dont always come out square.)

Max- I dont have link any longer but I did a google search for clock parts and found a site with faces for sale.I am not selling these so I dont mind using whats out there for my own use,but thats a personal choice of course.Tip: Its much better to get the clock,hands and face prior to starting on the design. :)

Nils- I played around with the corbels on paper first,cut them out to full size on 1/4” ply, and then double stick taped both together and cut them on the bandsaw,then to the sander to tweek them until I liked what I saw.
If I am being smart,I will remember to take the 1/4” pattern and reshape it to fit the final design and hang it on the wall.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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Dominic Vanacora

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#13 posted 11-14-2007 08:29 PM

Very nice design, I’ve made two clocks and would love to make one like yours for my shop. However I have 103 other things to make first. Maybe I move it up on the list. Thanks for taking the time to show us.
Its now in my Favorite’s list.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#14 posted 11-14-2007 11:49 PM

Very impressive, great design. I like the effect of the black granite

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 11-14-2007 11:51 PM

Your clock is one of the nicest that I’ve seen, beautiful work.

-- Andy Stark

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