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Project by Duane Kohles posted 2779 days ago 4281 views 11 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this clock for my Mom as a Christmas present from my Dad. I have always wanted to build one, so I approached my Dad with an idea. He provides the materials, and I provide the labor under the condition that someday the clock becomes mine. I cannot take credit for the design as the company I bought the Clockworks from provided the plans, although I made some changes to meet my personal tastes. I usually design my own projects, but as this was my first clock, I wanted some dimensional guidelines. The last thing I wanted was to build the case, install the clockworks, swing the pendulum and have the pendulum hit the sides of the case. I used Quarter Sawn Red Oak for the case and beveled glass in the door. It was a great project and I look forward to the day I can build one for my wife as I hope many years will pass before this one comes to my house.

-- Duane Kohles





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Obi

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#1 posted 2779 days ago

You arent supposed to take the credit for the design, you’re supposed to take the credit for the craftsmanship. Beautiful Job

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Mark A. DeCou

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#2 posted 2779 days ago

Very nice. The last time I saw a photo of this, you were in the photo, what Happened?

I can speak for most of the population and say that we would all like one of your clocks in our house, it is beautiful. I like the QSRO wood! What was your mom’s response?

keep posting, I know you have a lot more photos in your stash.
Mark

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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MsDebbieP

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#3 posted 2779 days ago

A Beautiful addition to any home. Design/plans/materials are nothing until the artist and skilled craftsman puts it all together!! Seeing and doing are two completely different things.
You must be very proud of this

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 2779 days ago

Awesome !!! That’s some real craftsmanship.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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dennis mitchell

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#5 posted 2779 days ago

I agree with Dick!

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Dusty

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#6 posted 2779 days ago

Simply beatiful.

Dusty

-- Dusty

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scottb

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#7 posted 2770 days ago

Anyone can read the packaged cake mix, but that doesn’t mean they won’t burn it…
Great work, and a very nice piece. I’d be happy to have a clock like this.

Who gets the clock after you get it back? (hopefully not for a long time) Will be a treasure for many generations to come.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Don

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#8 posted 2769 days ago

I’ve always loved clock. My first “woodworking project” was a grandfather clock made from a kit. I’ve never shown this as an example of my woodworking because there was little woodworking involved.

This peice inspires me to add this type of clock t my to-do project list.

Very nice work, Duane.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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Duane Kohles

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#9 posted 2755 days ago

Thanks all for the feedback. Always appreciated by other enthusiasts! Sorry for taking so long to reply, but shortly after posting, an unexpected family issue occured.

Mark-I took me out of the pics to make the clock look better. HA! And Moms response was Oh, My (in a gasp). Dad and I blew her away, actually her first response was with a little anger towardws my Dad, as they had agreeed not to do anything for Xmas that year, but she got over it. And when I offered to take it back home, she quickly declined.

Scott-I have a set of twin sons, so some day one of them will be the proud owner. Therefore I really have to build a clock for my wife and I, so they will each eventually have one. Tis a real shame to be forced to build another. The next clock will have to be bigger as my other hobby/interest is remodeling and my current house/project is an old victorian with 10’ cielings, so this clock would be a little out of proportion….....

-- Duane Kohles

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Bill

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#10 posted 2755 days ago

A very nice clock.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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scottb

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#11 posted 2755 days ago

So will the twins fight over the clocks, or have to wait to see which one looks better in their respective homes? On one level it’s nice that your not making duplicates because you “have to” I’m sure they’ll be proud to have something Dad made, and even happier to have a one of a kind piece – after years of similar things no doubt!

Can’t wait to see the next one.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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schroeder

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#12 posted 2733 days ago

What a great project! – true craftsmanship and design. The lines, finish and wood selection flow beautifully, nice job!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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Karson

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#13 posted 2733 days ago

The clock looks great and the following generations will fight over who get to keep it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Bill

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#14 posted 2732 days ago

Does it chime as well?

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Duane Kohles

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#15 posted 2730 days ago

This clock was a lot of fun to build, I cannot wait to do the next one. I just need to find the time to work it in. Yes, it does chime. There are several websites that offer clock parts and kits. The biggest expense is the clock works, but they have several styles and price points to consider. I would suggest going with the cable driven vs. chain driven styles. Besides being just cooler looking (personal taste) but you wind the cable driven with a key in the face, and the chain driven are wound by pulling on the chain in the pendulum cavity. Pulling on the chain increases the odds of banging the weights around into each other and the pendulum, potential damage.

-- Duane Kohles

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