|Project by William||posted 07-24-2012 01:24 AM||3148 views||0 times favorited||33 comments|
This has been, by far, the most enjoyable project I have done in a long time. For various personal reasons, I just haven’t felt like myself, or like doing my usual projects in a long while. For this reason, an odd one to say the least, I have stayed clear of something I dearly love to do, build clock. It’s not just any clocks I like building though. It’s the ones with plenty of detailed scroll work. As some of you know, I am a scroller at heart, after all. Well, I decided recently that I needed to do a project that was a “little more me”.
This is called the Birmingham Clock. If any of you would like to build it, the plans can be purchased here at The Berry Basket website. When you pay for it, you will be directed to a direct download link. So you can pay and start on it all in the same day without having to wait for the mail to arrive. That’s one of the things I like about the Berry Basket Collection.
I made this clock with a cottonwood shell. All the dark colored overlay is mahogany. It is finished with shellac. Now, you have to realize the size of this clock to understand the work in it. It doesn’t look like it in the photos, but this clock is 16” wide and 37” tall, and it hangs on the wall. If built according to the plans, it’s supposed to have a clock insert. If you’ve seen any of my past clocks though, I always like to use simple clock movements and design my own faces.
On a side note, this is that most detailed project I have done since building my shop made 16” band saw for resawing. I just wanted to report that the bandsaw worked beautifully. I only used a fraction of the wood on this project as I normally would doing it the way I used to, which was running wood through the planer over and over until it was shaved down to size. On this project, I resawed the wood down to within an eighth of an inch of the final size, then simply smoothed it up with the planer. I got two and sometimes three pieces of usable stock out of board that used to have only been one plank.