Cherry school house clock

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Project by dustynut2 posted 11-26-2012 06:28 PM 2094 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my favorite clock project so far. I’ve made a few of them and given them away as wedding gifts but I kept this one. It’s solid Cherry with a clear finish. The movement is a quartz battery driven one. One of these days I’ll build a clock with a real wind up mechanism

-- Hello, my name is Dustynut2 and I'm a tool junky

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#1 posted 11-26-2012 06:38 PM

I like this clock ,cool wood and great workmanship.

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#2 posted 11-26-2012 06:44 PM

Beautiful wood. Great work.

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#3 posted 11-26-2012 08:24 PM

This is really cute and elegant as well.

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#4 posted 11-26-2012 08:55 PM

Nice clock.
I encourage you to build with a “real wind up mechanism”. I have build at least a dozen school clocks and several other types and all have spring or weight driven movements. There is one movement available for school clocks that is made in Korea that runs for 31 days on each wind (it has a calendar hand too). So it doesn’t take weekly winding which some people object to therefore preferring the quartz movement. As I recall Merritt’s Antiques (their clock department) on the internet was carrying that movement. A brass bezel and dial pan add a lot to the over all appearance also.
One note: wind up movements need to be cleaned and oiled about every 3 years for a long life.

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#5 posted 11-26-2012 09:38 PM

This one’s quite a looker. Nice.

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#6 posted 11-26-2012 10:46 PM

dusty….I have to find out where you got the face for the clock….I have a friend who has school house clock (and yes, a windup!) but he needs a “face”....


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#7 posted 11-26-2012 10:59 PM

Dusty…I would also like to know about where I could get a face for the clock. When I was a kid (many years ago) we had that clock on our living room wall. It’s a windup and I still have it. I would love to refinish it but I don’t dare start on it until I can find a face for it. I hope you can help me.


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#8 posted 11-26-2012 11:18 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments guys. I got the face from Lee Valley Tools. It doesn’t have a metal backing so next time I think I’ll look for that feature. Anyway, they have a kit with the face, mechanism, hardware, decal and plan on their web sight: They also have the same type of kit for the railway clock I have in my gallery. It’s just really nice to get all the stuff (except the wood of course) at the same place. Cheers

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#9 posted 11-26-2012 11:45 PM

There are a number of places to get dials for clocks. Just Google “clock parts”. Merritt’s Antiques (clock section), and TimeSavers appear to be the best selection of clock parts. Their web sites can be difficult to search through but the parts are there. Try ordering a Merrit’s Antiques catalog to better see their selection. Klockit focuses on kits. Mostly quartz movement types.

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#10 posted 01-19-2013 12:53 AM

Save you some time , here’s the actual link to the clock kit : ),42405,42406&ap=1

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