Clock case--a big one!

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Well, I finally fiinished it! I picked up an E. Howard clock movement several years ago at a clock convention.
Turns out, it was a reasonably scarce movement for a model #70 with a 24” dial! After scaling pictures
and looking at old E. Howard catalogs, I was able to reproduce the case in the proper dimensions and wood.
I used solid cherry and it is HEAVY. I did NOT do the reverse glass painting on the tablet (lower door) but
had that done by a professional. The clock movement (works) were made in 1910 in Roxbury, MA. This was
the most difficult clock case I have built to date due to it’s size. The OD of the bezel is 29 inches and of
course I could not turn it on my lathe so I used a router exclusively for the task. I don’t think I will attempt
another this size!

-- Bob, Carlisle, MA "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not". Thomas Jefferson

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#1 posted 07-13-2012 04:47 PM

It’s a beaut!
Thanks for sharing.
Well done.

-- Central Ohio, Still got 9 and 15/16 fingers!

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#2 posted 07-13-2012 05:02 PM

Really nice job!

-- Chris K

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#3 posted 07-13-2012 05:10 PM

That is museum quality

Very nice

It must sound good with that amount of

wood. A nice solid mechanical sound?


-- 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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#4 posted 07-13-2012 06:15 PM

That is one handsome clock !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#5 posted 07-13-2012 07:41 PM

Great work. I also looked at your other clock postings. All great.
Having made a number of clock cabinets myself over the years I particularly appreciate that you used “real” mechanical movements. Somehow it bothers me to see people go to all the work of making a nice cabinet and then put a quarts movement. Yes, I know some clock owners do not like the routine of winding their clocks and prefer quartz.
Keep up the good work.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#6 posted 07-13-2012 08:34 PM

That’s a beautiful clock. Excellent job!

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#7 posted 07-14-2012 02:01 AM

29”s…Good Lord !! That is one beautiful clock..I like the color of the face as well…very classy : )

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#8 posted 07-14-2012 09:08 AM

Very Nice Project Indeed! Well Done!


-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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#9 posted 07-14-2012 03:49 PM

Thanks for the compliments everyone. Yep, LesB, I’m with you on the quartz jobs. I only work on/with real
antique, mechanical clocks, and furthermore, I really prefer the weight driven. I get great timekeeping from them..
My next planned project is a jewelers pinwheel regulator. I have the movement, dial and pendulum but haven’t yet
designed the case I want to build. As usual, it may be a year in the making!

-- Bob, Carlisle, MA "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not". Thomas Jefferson

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#10 posted 07-15-2012 01:34 PM

Great clock. An heirloom quality movement housed in a matching quality case makes for a clock that can be enjoyed for generations. I have a similar project with a Howard movement and dial, the original case ended up in the trash. A sad story.
Building a clock based on a reconditioned antique movement or a modern made movement of quality ( is certainly the best way to go. However, in a pinch, quartz movements aren’t that awful. Cheap, accurate, and easily replaceable they are certainly a better alternative than the imported mechanical movements called for in most woodworking magazine projects.

-- Troy in Melrose, Florida

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#11 posted 07-15-2012 01:40 PM

Very nice clock a most excellent piece.

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 07-15-2012 09:41 PM

Beautiful clock.

-- CaptFerd

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