Mission Mantel Clocks

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Project by rodneyh posted 851 days ago 2944 views 11 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I’ve decided to actively pursue selling some of my work. My 1st “real” attempt at this is this batch of 16 mantel clocks. This is a design of mine that is very similar to a Stickley bracket clock, but the lines on the base and top have been modified to those of an early 1900s Stickley mantel clock (from a project I posted last month). The wood is hand selected quartersawn white oak (plywood backs on the stained versions). Overall dimensions are 8.5” wide, 8.5” tall, and 2.8” deep (main body is solid 8/4 oak).

The dial is solid copper which is etched (appoximately 1/3 of the way thru) and painted by me. I decided to start making my own dials, because I could not find anything on the market I liked for the mission clocks I want to produce. The design is nearly identical to an early 1900s Stickley mantel clock that was re-created in a PWW article).

I did 8 of the clocks with (3 different) stained finish, and 8 of the clocks were fumed for 1 – 2 hours.

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#1 posted 851 days ago

Good luck with the sale of all of those great clocks ,great job.

-- Custom furniture

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T. D. Reid

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#2 posted 851 days ago

They look great but you left off the number 8 when you etched them

April fools!

Good luck with your venture. Cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#3 posted 851 days ago

They look nice, good luck with sales.

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Don Johnson

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#4 posted 851 days ago

You seem to have a lot of time on your hands! LOL

Seriously, very smart!

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#5 posted 851 days ago

Those faces are just beautiful !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 851 days ago

Great work. There is a lot of hours here. How are you going to sell them?

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#7 posted 851 days ago

Wow, those look great, nice job.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#8 posted 851 days ago

Very nice. Did you use PNP for doing the etching?

-- JohnnyB - - Sometimes determination can substitute for skill.

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#9 posted 851 days ago

hunter 71 – I’m in 50 hrs total with the dials being about 12 of that. 1st one is on eBay right now. I’ll add another one every couple days and see how they do. You never know, but it seems to be a pretty fair market.

JohnnyB – etch is Sodium Persulphate (sp?) and DI water.

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T. D. Reid

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#10 posted 850 days ago

Forget ebay! You need to open an Etsy account

With the faces on these clocks they are one of a kind and will be eaten up on Etsy. I was thinking last night about these and you could open a business selling only the faces. You can’t find A&C mantel clock faces of this quality. Again Good Luck and please email me if you put them on Etsy. Cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#11 posted 850 days ago

Very nice. I like how the finish came out.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#12 posted 850 days ago

Very nice, I love the dials.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#13 posted 850 days ago

Very nice clocks!

Let us know how the sales go!

-- Dean

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#14 posted 850 days ago

T.D. Reid – Just listed on Etsy as well. I’ve never bought or sold anything there, but they do seem to have a lot of similar items. Longer term, I would like to try selling some dials as well. I would definitely need to have at least a few designs and a few sizes in “inventory” before I could do that however.

Any idea what the dials alone would be worth? There’s really nothing to compare to out there for pricing. If I had decent volume to bring my costs down, I could make them for around $20 with a reasonable profit. Right now (for a small order), I’d probably have to sell for around twice that to be worth my while.

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#15 posted 850 days ago

I love these clocks! I really want to make a clock like this someday. If you do start selling just dials, please let me know, they are amazing!

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