A Room full of Grandfathers

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Project by HeirloomWoodworking posted 03-05-2008 05:30 AM 2350 views 7 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First off, let me say a hearty THANK YOU! for all of the friendly welcome’s and well wishes that I have recieved since finding and joining this site. I am truly excited about learning more about the craft from all of you, sharing my own projects, and marveling at your own projects.

These are a few pictures of some of the recent creations from my humble little workshop. I was completing a couple of projects and getting them ready for delivery and had the unique opportunity to have all 3 of these grandfather clocks in my living room at the same time.

Most of the better pictures are on a different computer, I promise to share some of the them with you soon.

Each of these pieces are entirely handmade by me. No purchased pre-made pieces. I found the swans neck mouldings on the split crown pediment, the fluted split columns and the cathedral style side grills specifically challenging to create. I learned so much about woodcraft by being thurough and “picky” as I made these challenging peices.

Each of these clocks are created form oak, and were constructed from a purchased plan. I used a Hermle triple-chime cable-driven movement in each of these time pieces.

At the urging of my family and friends, I actually entered the clock on the right into the “open” class at the local county fair. I am sure that you fellow craftsman will understand the fun of sharing our creations with others. The clock actually won “Best in Show”.

Like so many of the works that I have seen on this site, a handmade grandfather clock is so much more than just a piece of woodwork. For me they are instant treasures and family heirlooms for the the family in whose home it resides. It was inspiring to have these 3 works in my living room at the same time, as I thought about the future and enjoyment that they would each see over their lives.

Thanks for letting me share!

-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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Jim Boehm

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#1 posted 03-05-2008 06:14 AM

Trevor, these are amazing. I have a desire to make a clock like this myself. The craftsmanship is awesome. Would you be willing to pass the site you purchased your plans from as I would like to purchase a plan myself. Also, can you estimate how long it takes to make one of these projects? The work you have done is very inspiring to me. Your attention to detail is great. Thanks!

-- "Knowledge is King! It is never too late to learn something new." - Jim

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#2 posted 03-05-2008 06:31 AM

Awesome job Trevor. I’ve made a few scrollsaw clocks but nothing like these. Nice work!

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#3 posted 03-05-2008 06:39 AM

Thanks for the kind words.

For this series of clocks I used the “Churchill” Plan from Klockit

You can buy just the plans (like I did) and make your own or buy the precut kit. I have never tried one of the kits. This started as a personal challenge for me, and I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it.

The first “Churchill” that I made, I made created jigs as I went. I am sure that including the finish work, I had around 200 hours in it, but now with the jigs (and the experience) I figure that I can make one in around 120hours.


-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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#4 posted 03-05-2008 07:29 AM

These are great! I made one a long time ago, but it’s been in the attic since it stopped working after 15 years.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 03-05-2008 11:29 AM

Great looking clocks. I’ve had a Grandfather clock on my list of things to do for years now. One of these days…..

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 03-05-2008 12:12 PM


These are wonderful clocks. The finish on the two completed clocks is excellent. But I agree with your family about the clock you entered into the contest. I like it the best.

How did you finish these clocks?

As a suggestion you might want to consider posting a blog on the construction process that you have developed.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 03-05-2008 12:51 PM

These are beautiful.

-- Jiri

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#8 posted 03-05-2008 02:23 PM

I am very impressed with your skills. I have considered making a grandfather clock for years but I still don’t have my skills to a level that I believe I can make a clock I would be proud to have in my house. You do and there are three people out there very lucky to have these clocks in their house. Great job.

-- Scott, Kentucky ----- "Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry" Mark Twain

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#9 posted 03-05-2008 03:00 PM

wow those look great. making a grandfather clock like those takes so much skill and a lot of time. but when they come out that great you should be proud that you made them.

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#10 posted 03-05-2008 03:30 PM

Beautiful clocks, Trev. I have the utmost respect for anyone who has the patience to take on a project like these and really do it right.

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

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#11 posted 03-05-2008 03:42 PM

Those are terrific clocks! Wow! Your patience and attention to detail sure paid off.

-- Robb

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#12 posted 03-05-2008 05:48 PM

Like the rest here, I find your examples of clocks very inspiring. I too have thought about building one of these fine pieces, but where to put it…LOL. Your work is very nice indeed.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#13 posted 03-05-2008 11:18 PM

Beautiful woodwork!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#14 posted 03-07-2008 02:09 AM

nice looking clocks.

-- It's better to have people think you're stupid rather than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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#15 posted 03-09-2008 07:07 AM

truly impressive work!
and the time you put into them, holy smokes! to think you could now make one quicker at only 120 hours!
I’m sure I could make room in my house for one of these…

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