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Project by William posted 07-24-2012 01:24 AM 3177 views 0 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/





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#1 posted 07-24-2012 01:26 AM

Whoa, complex looking clock. Well done sir.

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#2 posted 07-24-2012 01:31 AM

William is back. WOW!
Tick tock whats up doc?
Nice dust catcher you built there Buddie. William it looks good. I like the contrast of the wood almost as much as the scrolling.
Well done!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#3 posted 07-24-2012 01:34 AM

A scrolling thing of beauty… Wow

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#4 posted 07-24-2012 01:46 AM

Glad to see you doing “what you love” to do. It shows!

To think, you used your shopmade bandsaw to resaw the wood you scrollsawed!!! Did you use your shop built scrollsaw???

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 07-24-2012 01:46 AM

Wow, Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- In fine furniture 10% of the work, takes 90% of the time. www.berenguerfurniture.com

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#6 posted 07-24-2012 01:52 AM

A lot of time spent here.
Nice job William.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#7 posted 07-24-2012 01:54 AM

Good to see a new scrollsaw project from you. Looks great!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 07-24-2012 01:57 AM

Your clock is truly a thing of beauty William and your selection of contrasting woods makes it pop. I am rather new to scrolling but it is really adictive and my new DeWalt scrollsaw makes it even more enjoyable.

I will second the worth of a shop made bandsaw. I use mine all the time and I am so glad I built it.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#9 posted 07-24-2012 02:00 AM

William!! That is awesome! Great attention to detail here!

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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William

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#10 posted 07-24-2012 02:11 AM

Thank you all very much for your kind compliments.
I wish each and everyone of you could come visit my shop and see some of my work.
As some of my buddies, like SuperD, can attest to, it is hard to capture the detail of some of these projects with a camera. I try to, but one really has to see it in person to fully appreciate it.
I enjoyed this one so much that I think I’ll start another one soon.

There is a certain clock that I want to order the pattern for but never seem to have the disposable income to get it and the hardware I would need to complete it. One of these day I will. It is what I consider to be the ultimate clock build. One of these day…....

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#11 posted 07-24-2012 02:46 AM

William that clock your wanting to build must be something because this one is awesome ,you really make some beautiful pieces.

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#12 posted 07-24-2012 02:56 AM

Awesome job William. I am always impressed by such detailed scroll work. Details are such a lost art.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#13 posted 07-24-2012 03:02 AM

Wow! Amazing skill and combined with your new bandsaw, that will be great. Keep it going.

-- Bert

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#14 posted 07-24-2012 03:26 AM

A beautiful clock. You really have great patience & attention to detail.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#15 posted 07-24-2012 03:58 AM

Great Job! The clock is outstanding.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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