Fretwork Clock

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Project by Woodenwizard posted 04-17-2011 11:00 PM 4881 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a clock that I made for my executive assistant at work. She is retiring after 23 years. I have made several of these and they are always a favorite. The clock is about 36” tall, 11” wide and 6” deap. it is made of Walnut and Oak. I finished it with a coat of lemon oil and then three coats of Deft lacquer.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#1 posted 04-17-2011 11:07 PM

Looks great. Solid stock walnut and oak, or some kind of ply?

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#2 posted 04-17-2011 11:08 PM

Tanks Bobasaurus. It is made from solid stock 1/4” think. The Oak face is 1/8”

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#3 posted 04-17-2011 11:41 PM

That really looks great. Is it a chime clock? My wife told me if I made one that would chime I would not be allowed to bring it in the house. LOL

-- Measure twice, cut once, and hope for the best.

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#4 posted 04-18-2011 12:34 AM

Mainwoodworks- No it is not a chime clock. My wife says the same thing about chime clocks.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#5 posted 04-18-2011 01:05 AM


As always, beautiful work and craftsmanship. You have much more patience that I do. I am sure your executive assistant will be more than thrilled to receive this and cherish it.

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

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#6 posted 04-18-2011 01:06 AM

Very nice. I wish I had that kind of patience.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#7 posted 04-18-2011 02:24 AM

Very nice. Is this your own design, or did you purchase it? Either way, if you like building fretwork clocks (I do), Wildwood Designs some great designs. That’s where I get most of mine. The Art Factory has some nice ones.


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#8 posted 04-18-2011 03:18 AM

WOW! I am a clock nut. I really like yours. It must require a lot of patients, which I am short on. Great!

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#9 posted 04-18-2011 04:28 AM

Beautiful clock! I like your color choices – turned out great!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 04-18-2011 04:49 AM

Thanks Max! Hope all is well.

Paul and Roz – Thanks, not a lot of patience on this one only have about 8 hours of scroll work. Actually this is fairly simple compared to some of the other fretwork on LJ.

William – Thanks for the compliment. No this is not my pattern. I got this one from The Art Factory several years ago. I have made some clocks from Wildwood also.

Thanks Steve – Checked some of your posts. You do awesome work. Love your sled

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#11 posted 05-21-2011 07:23 PM

Very nice clock! I have to hand it to you, Scroll work is so tedious to me. I just finished cutting out a welsh love spoon with celtic knots Boy was I glad when I got to the last cut out! I can’t imagine doing a large project.

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#12 posted 05-22-2011 03:43 AM

Thanks terrilynne! Funny, I would say the same thing about your intarsia. I would still love to get together and share secrets sometime. Maybe this summer after things slow down a bit. It seems that work keeps getting in the way of my fun.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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