Grandfather's Shaker Wall Clock

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Project by Woodworker_at_Heart posted 09-20-2012 01:28 PM 3810 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In my recent wedding, my grandfather was my best man. In appreciation of him standing up for me, I decided to make him a Shaker Wall Clock. I love Shaker furniture, and love this classic design. The basic construction is with dovetails, through and sliding (probably a little overkill, but is looks nice). The door frame and panel with mortise and tenon joinery. The entire clock is made of cherry.

The very satisfying thing for my grandfather and I was that we cut the tree that this lumber came out of. Couple years back he had me cut the tree, buck the logs, and make the lumber (and boy there was a lot). I had it sawn, dried it, and began construction. The wealth of the clock is made of quartersawn cherry with a couple pieces being flatsawn. The quartersawn pieces have a lot of figure to them and the Waterlox finish I use brought that out great. Taking the piece from forest to wall was an awesome experience.

Hope you all enjoy it.

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#1 posted 09-20-2012 01:32 PM

A fine looking clock ,meaningful material and a very good gift from a special grandson.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 09-20-2012 01:40 PM

Thank you a1Jim. I appreciate the view and comment.

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#3 posted 09-20-2012 05:11 PM

Love it. it’s a real beauty and there will be no other quite like it.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#4 posted 09-21-2012 03:28 PM

Just beautiful and well proportioned. What clock movement and face did you use?

-- If I'm not in the shop, I'm someplace else. Joel, Lumberjock #30,000

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#5 posted 09-21-2012 08:10 PM

The movement and face came from a company out of Wisconsin called Klockit. I included a link below’ the dial I chose was “L”. The dimensions may seem small but it works great with the proportions of the clock.
The movement was a tough decision; do I 1) Go with a weight driven mechanical ($$$), or 2) battery operated??? Well price won out and I went with the battery operated version. The mechanical movement would have been approximately $115 for the cheapest. I decided that was too much to spend, and when I gave it to my grandfather he agreed that he preferred the battery operated.



The hands came with the movement, and I chose a basic hand in black.

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#6 posted 09-21-2012 08:16 PM

Oh I forgot, all the brass hardware was from Brusso. Their hinges are TOP quality and heavy duty. The bottom door hinges are very small: ~5/8” tall, however, they are very strong for their size. The knife hinge probably was the wrong type of hinge to use on the top, but it turned out well. It allows the door to open without detracting from the overall look.

Butt Hinges:

You may say: ”$28 for a pair of hinges!!!” but I will tell you, they are worth every penny!! Appearance, F&F, movement are all GREAT!

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#7 posted 09-22-2012 03:38 PM

Great story to go along with this beautiful clock…everything looks perfect , right down to the hardware !
Congrats on the recent marriage and how nice of you to have your Grandfather be your best man : )
Best wishes !!

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

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#8 posted 10-13-2012 06:16 PM

That’s a really great looking project and a super story. Your grandfather must be busting with pride every time he looks at the clock. I’m planning on making a few versions of this same clock for Chrismass gifts this year and hope I can do as well as you.
Proud to be on Lumberjocks with you!

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#9 posted 10-13-2012 08:13 PM

Thanks Tom. You’re comments are greatly appreciated. Best of luck with your builds this fall for Christmas gifts.

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