Arts and Crafts mantel clock

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Project by Tim Dahn posted 10-03-2010 01:32 AM 4831 views 19 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently finished this Arts and Craft style mantel clock. After many hours on SketchUp trying different designs, I ended up doing what I always do, a picture, a hand drawn sketch, a few dimensions and then just go for it. I have a long way to go in SketchUp but I did get to play around with several different designs without wasting wood.

It has a Hermle key wound 8 day movement on which I have spent way too much time adjusting, but it seems to be keeping correct time more than twice a day now and the Westminster chime sounds great. This movement doesn’t have a pendulum so I made a drawer to hold the winding key, the drawer slides out when you press a small walnut peg below the drawer.

The clock measures 16” tall, 12” wide and 5 ½” deep, I used quarter sawn white oak with black walnut pegs and white oak burl veneer on the door and key drawer. It is finished with a medium brown dye, several coats of Bush oil and then paste wax.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#1 posted 10-03-2010 01:47 AM

very nice Bud ! one of my favorites

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#2 posted 10-03-2010 02:20 AM

Dave, The hands are not my favorite either but Hermle movements require Hermle hands. I keep looking for alternatives still have not found any.

Thanks DaN!

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#3 posted 10-03-2010 02:48 AM

This is a nice clock. Did the face come with the movement? I like it very much.

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#4 posted 10-03-2010 04:11 AM

Great clock Tim , nice work it looks super.

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#5 posted 10-03-2010 04:34 AM

Very nice design and the face is wonderful.
I like that you opened up the stiles to show the face properly , but I don’t like how the vertical and horizontal (rail) grain intersect. It’s probably just the lighting in the picture , but it really stands out to me . Sorry , jmho.
I do have to give you credit for allowing the face to shine through , as many similar clocks posted here have their faces obscured by the door frames as if the creators built their clocks to the size of the face and then added the doors as an after thought.
Keep up the great work !! : )

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#6 posted 10-03-2010 05:29 AM

Nice work. The wood grains show up nicely, super finish, real good design and workmanship

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#7 posted 10-03-2010 01:43 PM

toxicoval56 I made the face on the computer, printed it on thick card stock paper, glued it to 1/4” ply then a couple coats of spray semi gloss varnish. Also added some keyhole grommets.

Thanks for the comments Jim!

Dusty56 The vertical/horizontal intersect is not as pronounced as the pictures would indicate, it is probably the flash. The second picture (close up) was not a flash and it is not as pronounced. Your exactly right concerning the door obscuring the face, I was not happy with the look and I opened it as much as I could. The next design will be changed to open the face up even more, thanks for the input.

Skylark53 This was the first time using and oil varnish mix and very satisfied with the results.

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#8 posted 10-03-2010 03:20 PM

Once you build the next design, you can send this “trial run” my way! :-)

Very nice job Tim!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#9 posted 10-03-2010 03:37 PM

great looking clock
I love that style

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#10 posted 10-03-2010 05:02 PM

hi i really like your clock i think the style is fantastic great choice of wood


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#11 posted 10-03-2010 05:54 PM

A very nice clock, & very creative craftsmanship.

The design, with the wood you chose are a perfect choice.

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#12 posted 10-03-2010 08:44 PM

Great result Timbo. The whole thing comes together well.

Nice work on the clock face, I’ll have to remember that trick.

Jim (now in Anchorage)

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#13 posted 10-03-2010 08:46 PM

Nice clock, Timbo.

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#14 posted 10-04-2010 02:14 AM

Great job Timbo, nice lines on the design.

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#15 posted 10-04-2010 08:16 PM

Great looking clock. You did a beautiful job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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