|Project by duosonicdave||posted 01-30-2011 01:55 AM||1918 views||3 times favorited||13 comments|
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. . . :-)