Sassafras Mantle Clock

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Project by BillG posted 643 days ago 1397 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed to make some gifts for Christmas this year. The October 2012 (#214) issue of Wood Magazine presented a nice mantle clock called the bow-tie clock. It was in the arts and crafts style, which interested me. I altered the design a bit to add a touch of Green & Green influence and used some recently acquired sassafras wood to build it, or rather them. I decided I needed four for clocks. It was the first time I worked with sassafras and found it to be a very nice wood. It is similar to ash in grain pattern, and beige to brown in color but softer and worked exceptionally well. I was impressed to find random cinnamon colored burls in the boards and used them as a focal point in one of the clocks.

To go along with the burl color, I custom mixed some trans-tint dyes to a cinnamon color in alcohol and dyed the clocks. The center board in the frame was not dyed to add to the focal point. The finish is four coats of Waterlox (wipe-on). The bow-ties and the pegs are maccaranduba (much like Ipe). It is a very dense, tight and straight grained wood with a nice warm brown color.

I think the gifts will be well received.

-- Bill G - West Springfield, MA

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#1 posted 643 days ago

Very cool ,a great build and beautiful clock.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 643 days ago

They should be very well received, they’re beautiful

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#3 posted 642 days ago

Your clocks look great !
Where did you find those awesome clock faces ?

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

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#4 posted 642 days ago

Now these will make a great gift, well done the timber looks off the chart beautiful !!

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#5 posted 642 days ago

Nice work they look great, I read this article and thought these would be fun to make. They will be loved once recieved as gifts! Get ready to make more im guessing….LOL

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

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#6 posted 642 days ago

Wow. Nicely done indeed…...........................

-- mike...............

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#7 posted 641 days ago

A gift as stunning as this one, definitely it will be well received.

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#8 posted 637 days ago

Very nice! I like your improvements to the plan, adds a nice Arts & Crafts look to them.

Since you’re making them as gifts, feel free to send one my way!

-- Dean

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#9 posted 615 days ago

Well, all— We are the recipients of one of the bow-tie clocks that Bill beautifully and expertly crafted. My husband and I feel honored and deeply touched by Bill’s generosity. The clock is a work of art, and, of course, aesthetically pleasing to the eye; quite simply, its beautiful! Bill is very insightful about how to best use various types of wood. We have found a great spot to display the clock in our home, and all who have seen it are so impressed by the it and Bill’s workmanship. You are master of your craft, Bill; we cannot thank you enough! Barbara & Jim

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