My First Clock

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Project by dakotawood posted 786 days ago 4718 views 59 times favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve finally completed this craftsman style clock. I don’t know how long it took me, but I’m glad it’s done. Had a couple months away from the shop during this project after my son was born. (His 3 older sisters absolutely love him!!)

First off, huge thanks goes out to LJ. This site is simply great. I received all my inspiration from fellow woodworkers right here. Thank you TJCROSS and rodneyh! You both gave me great ideas and personal tips. (I sure hope you don’t mind that I basically stole your design TJ?!?)

Here’s the specs:
about 18” tall
clock works from Klockit – quartz
Motawi Tile purchased online

I researched quite a bit about the finish I wanted. I experimented on numerous test pieces. Here’s what I ended up going with:
sand to 150g
TransTint dye: dark vintage maple (First time using this. I learned to not do too big of spot at once before wiping up the excess.)
Gen Fin Seal a Cell
Boiled Linseed Oil (trying to make the rays pop even more, don’t know if it helped)
Gen Fin gel stain: Antique Walnut (First time using gel stain. I liked it a lot. Easy and very forgiving.)
Gen Fin Arm R Seal satin x2
I lightly sanded with 320g between most coats
Overall I’m pleased with the finish. The pictures display a bit more red tones than what it really is.

All the pieces are ready for glue up

Glued up

Testing all the color combinations

(I do some photography for fun as well. Thought I’d share one picture with the flashes in there.)

This was a very fun project. I would very much like to do another clock in the near future.
Thanks for looking!


-- Travis, South Dakota

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#1 posted 786 days ago

Handsome clock Travis. The finish looks great too. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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Matt W5MIX

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#2 posted 786 days ago

Really nicely done! Well thought out.

-- Matt in Dripping Springs

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#3 posted 786 days ago

Beautiful work Travis! The clock looks perfect on top of your mantle.

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#4 posted 786 days ago

That is one beautiful clock and the stained glass insert is magnificent .
A pleasure to look at and the pic of all the parts gives a good insight of the many pieces and work involved making this masterpiece .
Thank you and enjoy !

-- Kiefer 松

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#5 posted 786 days ago

That is a beautiful clock. Nice design, well constructed an great finish. The tile you used is great looking.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 786 days ago

Very well done. As for your shop, it is entirely too clean. :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#7 posted 785 days ago

That’s a beautiful clock. I’d like to build a clock eventually as well.

-- Woodworking for the hobbyist woodworker.

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#8 posted 785 days ago

Great job!!!! Did see this in Wood magazine a while back? I remember thinking about making one and was shocked how much the tiles cost if I recall correctly.

After seeing yours I think I’ll have to revisit this project! Yours is mcuh beeter than the magazines. You should be proud, you nailed it.

If your shop is always that clean I can’t talk to you no longer….............. LOL

Great work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 785 days ago

Simply Elegant



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#10 posted 785 days ago

Really Nice! I like to build Clocks as well. Can you share where you got the design? I would like to add this to my collection as well. Thanks and Congratulations!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....

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Randy Price

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#11 posted 785 days ago

Excellent job Travis. Great photography too.


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Mike Gager

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#12 posted 785 days ago

id love to make a clock like that someday but my stupid cat would just knock it off the mantle. he is a jerk

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#13 posted 785 days ago

Wonderful job… you really got the rays of the QSWO to pop nicely. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Your choice of stained glass really blends in with your wood finish. Well done, again.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#14 posted 785 days ago

Great job, love the Matowi tile!

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#15 posted 785 days ago

Thank you very the kind words everyone.

Rance – I am kind of a neat freak. I vacuum everything up at the end of each session.

Ken – Yes the tiles are pretty pricey. I paid about $60 shipped. I estimated that this clock cost me $100 to build. Without the tile = pretty inexpensive clock.

Alongiron – I got the design from all of the fine clocks that TJCROSS makes. He has some amazing examples of fine clocks on this website. This was the first time I used Google Sketchup to design my project. It was a little learning curve, but I’m glad I did it.

-- Travis, South Dakota

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