Arts and Crafts mantel clock ...#2

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Project by Tim Dahn posted 04-23-2011 07:22 PM 2903 views 9 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I guess this is version two of the Arts and Crafts style mantel clock, This one is special. it is made from 150+ year old reclaimed chestnut oak originally used as framing lumber in an old farm house in Mount Sidney, Va. often referred to as “the Stover house” (see the Wikipedia note). The wood is a little more difficult to work with, it splinters, chips and cracks easily when cutting it and after spending an afternoon pulling nails out of the rough lumber, I still hit a couple when dimensioning the wood. it’s hard to see some of them until the old dirty outer crust is planed off. I plan to power wash the rest of the wood hoping to find more nails in a less expensive way.

From Wikipedia:
Ida Elizabeth Stover Eisenhower (May 1, 1862 – September 11, 1946) was the mother of U.S. President Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969), and university president Milton Stover Eisenhower (1899-1985) as well as Edgar N. Eisenhower (1889 – 1971), and Earl D. Eisenhower (1898–1968). She was born in Mount Sidney, Virginia, the only daughter of Elizabeth Ida Judah Link and Simon P. Stover.

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

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#1 posted 04-23-2011 07:35 PM

That’s a beautiful looking clock.
Thanks for sharing the photos

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#2 posted 04-23-2011 08:36 PM


A very nice looking clock. I really like the use of the reclaimed historic wood.. Great project.

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

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#3 posted 04-23-2011 09:31 PM

I am not one for clocks but this is striking…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#4 posted 04-23-2011 11:56 PM

A beautiful clock. Some great wood and a great story.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 04-24-2011 12:01 AM

Great clock, that style so sweet.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#6 posted 04-24-2011 01:04 AM

That’s a beauty and a good story as well. How did you finish it?

I am here in La Conner, WA, just about to design a quick and dirty workbench for the garage. Buying a few tools here and there, just enough to put some things together. So far it has been too much shopping for me, but no choices in that. Have to put stuff in the house.

That is a great design…......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#7 posted 04-24-2011 05:57 AM

Great save on a nice piece of wood Timbo. I am sure you know but just in case, some stud finders can be used as metal detectors.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 04-25-2011 09:05 PM

Nice work, nice tools and nice clock.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 04-25-2011 11:19 PM

Nice clocks!


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#10 posted 04-25-2011 11:23 PM

Well done! Great photos also!

-- christopheralan

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#11 posted 04-25-2011 11:51 PM

Coolsville Tim I like it muchly :)

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 04-27-2011 01:59 AM

Thanks guy’s, I still have 30/40 bd. ft. of the wood so look for more projects from it.

Jim Finished with Minwax Early American (i think) stain, then three coats of bush oil wet sanded/rubbed in with 400 grit for a super smooth finish.

Grumpy Thanks for that one, did not know that. I just power washed the wood and will be giving it a try.

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

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#13 posted 05-07-2011 10:51 PM

I love all of them. Very nicely crafted too Tim.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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