Grandfather Clock

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Project by bigpops0259 posted 01-16-2007 03:06 AM 2747 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend was in Germany in military, called me and said he was touring Kieninger clock/gift shop, and told the owner I always wanted one of their clocks, and was a wood worker. So they agreed to sell him the works 2 years ago. It took a year to get back from Germany, since he was deployed. So in the mean time he bet me that I could not make the cabinet to the Kieninger standard. I looked throu my stock of lumber and remembered I had about 60 ft. of curly maple and 20 ft. of quilted curly maple. I had planned to make a crib for my daughter, but she has not needed that yet. So the wood was used. I designed the plan four times before I cut a board. Quanity was limited. I started the project in June 06. curly maple is the complete base and frame to top of lyre/curio area. The top, well I made three plywood frames and tore them apart and started over. It was the hard part to make work with weight and lyre set backs. I used all quilted curly maple to construct the clock box,trim and glass frames. Then came the stain, the grain and wood pattern would not show well with light stains, so Minwax Red Mahogany was the one that let the grain stand out the most. three coats with sanding between coats Minwax Antique Oil finish was the way to go with all the corners and hard to reach areas. Brass accents, shelf pins and sleeves, I thought made the Brass clock work and cabinet come together. A few missing parts, had to be retrived to complete. But Jan. 10, 07 glass was in and it was complete. So now the friend says, I owe him one, he brought two back from Germany.

-- Marty Ohio

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#1 posted 01-16-2007 04:30 AM

Beautiful work, the figure in the wood really pops out with that finish. I really like the design; sounds like a lot of thought went into it. So what I want to know is will the friend get one?? That is a piece of work to be very proud of. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. And welcome to Lumberjocks.

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

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#3 posted 01-16-2007 12:58 PM

as I walked your journey with you, through your words, I felt like a parent nurturing and guiding a child. I felt my heart and soul going into this beautiful masterpiece.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 01-16-2007 01:47 PM

That’s an awesome grandfather clock!!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#5 posted 01-16-2007 03:22 PM

Beautiful, you must have lost a lot of sleep with this project. What type of stain did you use? It’s hard to get hard Maple to absorb stain.

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

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#6 posted 01-17-2007 09:35 AM

This is one beautiful clock. I’ve never seen one designed like this before? Is the design yours, or is it a copy of one of the Kieninger designs?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#7 posted 01-17-2007 03:20 PM

thanks Max yes alot of thought went in to this and time. and yes we are tring to find the right type of wood and design for his clock.

thanks dennis,MsdebbieP,and oscorner for your comments

thanks Dick no sleep wasn,t lost but a few nightmares maybe .I use only minwax products
maple i usually stain sand and stain til it blends

Thanks Don the design is totally mine, I build about six projects a year and design them all,
i just shop for ideas and go from there

-- Marty Ohio

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#8 posted 01-17-2007 04:58 PM

Crap. I hope you don’t enter this in the competition.

Honestly, this is beautiful, what an accomplishment. YOu need to put this piece in your Will so that your heirs won’t be fighting for it.

Great work,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#9 posted 01-17-2007 04:59 PM

Crap! I hope you don’t enter this in the competition.

Honestly, this is beautiful, what an accomplishment. YOu need to put this piece in your Will so that your heirs won’t be fighting for it. Really.

Great work, I can’t see what else you have to post.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#10 posted 01-17-2007 05:41 PM

You’d have to put some SERIOUSLY interesting stuff in the curio compartments to get me to look past the case itself…

And ditto to Mark’s post… twice, even.

-- Ethan,

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#11 posted 08-22-2008 07:16 AM

intense very nice

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#12 posted 11-04-2008 03:39 AM

WOW, you have a lot going on there. Feels like Piccadilly square. Powerful piece. Never seen anything like it. Far beyond me, but love seeing your talent and skill.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#13 posted 10-27-2009 02:20 PM

I wonder, since you state you have trouble following the plans authored by others and you also said you did serious work on this plan before cutting wood for the clock case, – my question is, how do you do your design work?
I use SketchUp and if you haven’t tried it, I want to seriously encourage you to get it (its free!), and try it out. I think it would dovetail neatly with your obviously great woodworking skills.

-- No trees were damaged in posting this message, but thousands of electrons were seriously inconvenienced.

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#14 posted 10-28-2009 03:21 AM

Thanks Don, Yes, I do have a copy of sketchup. But it’s easier for me to “Just Do It” as they say. I use a Cabinet modeler program in my Architectural Design program -Chief Architect 10. It’s quick an easy went I’m looking for ideas. But that’s where it ends, I like to think there’s a little artistry in my work. But it seems that most are not all that impressed with my designs. But it’s what I love to do. Make Dust.

-- Marty Ohio

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#15 posted 10-28-2009 07:36 AM

amazing clock

-- Custom furniture

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