|Project by rodneyh||posted 02-24-2012 11:33 PM||7250 views||27 times favorited||8 comments|
These are the 1st clocks I’ve ever built. They are going to a charity auction/dinner for a group called Peruvian Partners and their Huts to Homes program. They raise money in the US to build basic homes for impoverished Peruvians on the outskirts of Lima. Each home costs about $10K with supporting labor from their organization as well as extensive work by the lucky family. Two years ago, our local football team took on the challenge of raising enough money to build a home for one family in Peru. They succeeded. My son was on that team and was lucky enough to have the opportunity to travel to Peru that year and help with the final bit of construction. Last year the team raised $24K which built homes for 2 additional families. Pretty impressive for a small community with only about 250 kids in the entire high school. My son has since moved on to college, but I’ll continue to do what I can to support their worthy efforts.
Now for the clocks. They are replicas of a Stickley mantle clock from the early 1900s. The plans were published in the Craftsman magazine around 1910. The only changes that I’ve made are 1. quartz movement, 2. thicker front (3/4” vs 3/8”) to give it a more substantial look and feel, and 3. used dowels to attach the base and top as the construction method is unclear in the original plans. They stand 18” tall, are 12” wide, and 5” deep. The movements and dials were ordered online from Ronell Clock Company in Grants Pass, OR. Excellent service, pricing, and shipping. The finishes are Jeff Jewitt’s recipe for Stickley Centennial and Fayetteville: 1. wet wood with water to raise grain, then sand back down. 2. Stain using Transtint dye. 3. Seal 4. Gel stain with stiff bristle to darken the pores. 5. 3 coats wipe on poly.