Grandfather Clock

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Project by duosonicdave posted 1307 days ago 1790 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first attempt at furniture making and the learning curve was VERY steep. New to cabinet making. I had never before tried rail & stile cabinet fronts/sides (and I didn’t have a router table, so I had to create a make-shift one out of plywood. I was new to using a planer/jointer to get rough lumber into dimensioned shape. Sooooo many things about this project stretched me as a woodworker. I’ve made a lot of musical instruments before, but this was my first attempt at learning how to make a piece of furniture.

My wife grew up in a household with many clocks that chimed all the time. I really wanted to make something special for her that would give her a deep sense of how much I love her. She’d mentioned in the past that she’d like a Grandfather Clock someday. So, I ordered the plans & working parts from Murray Clock Craft in Canada (definitely would not recommend them to anyone because the customer service was HORRIBLE) and went to work.

I still have all 10 fingers (though routing the channel on the front door arch for the 6th or 7th time because of breakage or gouging gave me a few scares). Even though the clock is far from perfect, I did learn a lot and it’s done. She was thrilled when she came down the stairs on Christmas morning – it was a surprise!

Wood is cherry and the finish is General Finishes Wipe On Gel Stain followed by Arm-R-Seal Satin

Anyway, here it is. Now, I’m inspired to try a few more furniture projects. . . :-)

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#1 posted 1307 days ago

Well that’s one heck of a first attempt!


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

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#2 posted 1307 days ago

Fantastic clock Dave

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 1307 days ago

Cherry! Yikes, that stuff hard! Nothing like jumping in at the deep end! ... And you kept it secret from your wife? Now that’s an accomplishment! Good job!

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#4 posted 1307 days ago


You could have fooled us! That certainly doesn’t look like a first furniture project. It looks terrific! Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#5 posted 1307 days ago

Very nice clock indeed! You sir, are a braver man than I hehe, my first attempts at furniture were made with pine, poplar and ash :).
I built a waist clock (I guess you could call it a waist clock) for my wife kinda similar to yours and I wish I would’ve used glass on the sides like you did. Nice job

-- Woodworkers theory of relativity - the quality of your scrap is relative to your skill level

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#6 posted 1307 days ago

Hi Dave

You did a great job on your clock. Very nicely done. Extra special that you did it for your wife. We expect to see more!

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 1307 days ago

Well that is extreme for your first attempt at cabinet making.
But boy it looks fantastic, great choice on the face as well, as it all matches in beautifully!
Well done,

Now, I think it is “all about time” !!! :-)

-- Theresa,

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#8 posted 1307 days ago

Beautiful work. I love the cherry wood and finish. Nice pictures enabling us to really see your project well.

-- "When was the last time you did something special for your gun?"

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#9 posted 1307 days ago

Thank you all so much for you kind words of encouragement. There is so much amazing work done here by many of you incredible craftsmen/women. I am truly humbled! Thank you!!!

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#10 posted 1307 days ago

This is gorgeous really reminds me of one my grandmother used to have, extremely well done.

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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Doug Scott

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#11 posted 1306 days ago

Nice job , Every time one builds a project he learns more and some time a better way to do it next time.
I’m a 30year vetren of woodworking and I didn’t always know the best way to do things, but as years and more projects you do , you can see the progress in your own work after a few years.I’m now a professional furniture builder and I do Antique resteration and repair.
Keep up the good work…

-- Doug, Michigan,

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DeLayne Peck

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#12 posted 344 days ago

Inspiring, in my dreams. Always wanted to have time to build a Grandfather Clock!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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#13 posted 344 days ago

This is a wonderful piece. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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