The Bell Tower Clock

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Project by William posted 12-11-2012 12:24 AM 3592 views 5 times favorited 73 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one is called the Bell Tower Clock. It is from the Berry Basket Collection. I apologize. I normally provide a link to where I purchase plans from on any project. The Berry Basket site seems to be down for the last couple of days though.
I built this one with cottonwood and a sapelle overlay. It was meant to be sapelle with just a cottonwood backer on all the fretwork. For some reason though, during the building process, I decided to go with cottonwood floor material on each level, and for the roof. It seemed to me to break it up into a two colored project and makes it look more lively.
It took me about a week to build it. It stands nineteen inches high, is twenty three inches wide, and eight inches deep. It does not have a finish. I sometimes decide to leave certain projects unfinished for personal reasons. For this one, I feel a finish will not look right on it on close inspection because it’s going to be near impossible to get it even in some of the crevices that you’d have to dive off into. Also, my wife, who is getting this clock for Christmas, has informed me that NO, I cannot have the Victorian Queen Clock back to put finish on. She likes it as is. Since this clock will be displayed on the mantle right next to that one, I think I’d better leave this one alone as well. I asked her about this idea, and she says she does not want a finish on this one either. She likes the plain wood look without a shine of a finish. If she’s happy, I’m happy.

I enjoyed building this one, as usual. I do love building clocks. This is the first clock pattern I’ve had in a long while though that I was not happy with. The bottom level, with the angles on it, does not look pleasing to me at all. My wife likes it, but she doesn’t understand my distaste for it. The pattern looks nice, but was impossible to cut as well as the pattern shows. Even with a #2/0 blade, the smallest I have ever used, the nose and mouth details could not be cut. There is just no way. So the facial details that look so nice in the pattern, do not come out as nice on the wood. Because of this, I would rate this pattern lower than most of the other clock patterns I have cut from.
You can look at the last photo to see a close up of the front panel of the area I’m talking about.


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#1 posted 12-11-2012 12:29 AM

That is just one AWESOME clock and scroll cut. I am totally impressed

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#2 posted 12-11-2012 12:37 AM

Is that your house? Seems like it would be drafty, but at least you’d never forget the time!

By the way…. that is a CRAP LOAD of 2-liters under the table in your garage!

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#3 posted 12-11-2012 12:38 AM

Fabulous work my friend. Your clocks will be heirloom pieces for sure.

-- 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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#4 posted 12-11-2012 12:39 AM

William, I have been scrolling for about 30 + years and there is only one thing I can say about this clock…DAMN THAT IS NICE!!

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#5 posted 12-11-2012 12:41 AM

A very cool clock ,I can’t imagine doing all that hard work.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 12-11-2012 12:49 AM

Looking good William

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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#7 posted 12-11-2012 12:50 AM

Another ”William Masterpiece”, that words fail to do justice….


BTW: Everyone hates the “finishing” of a project, but you continue to say it’s a “creative” decision, you and we may believe it someday!!! ;)

-- 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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#8 posted 12-11-2012 12:50 AM

Very nice my friend…...that is an incredible amount of work…....looks great…..I did also look at the last photo and my first impression was….WOW look at that detail!

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#9 posted 12-11-2012 12:50 AM

Thank you all so much.

Stumps, it’s my shop, so yes, you may as well say it’s my house. The home next to the shop actually belongs to the wife. I just sleep there. The bottles are my water supply. I have no running water at the shop and do not wish to run home everytime I make a pot of coffee.

Hawaiilad, thanks, but it’s really not that special. Anyone can make one. It just takes cutting one hole at a time.

Jim, same as I told Hawaiilad, it isn’t that hard. I appreciate the compliment anyway though.

L2L, I don’t know about heirloom quality, but I do hope someone cares to hang on to them for a while once I’m gone.

Jerrels, thank you. I’ve seen your work. If I can impress you I must be doing it correctly.


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#10 posted 12-11-2012 12:52 AM

Holy moly. That is fantastic!

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#11 posted 12-11-2012 12:55 AM

Thanks CHIPS. If you’re still on, please send me a PM letting me know how long I have to get by your place so I can try to plan a trip. It has been crazy around here latey. When you called though, I think you and I both are going deaf when it comes to phones.

Randy, some things are near impossible to finish. As for everyone hating it, I wouldn’t say I love finishing, but I’m coming around to it more and more every time.
One day I’m going to have the dough for one of those fancy spray systems that’ll finish items such as this without problems.

Jeff, there is a lot of detail on that bottom panel. That’s the point though. With all that detail, I didn’t even cut some of it, like the facial details. I think they made the patter a little too “busy”. Detail is great, when it isn’t too tiny to cut. Even with a #2/0 blade, to cut the facial features would have made the kerf remove the entire face off of each angel.


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#12 posted 12-11-2012 12:56 AM

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#13 posted 12-11-2012 01:00 AM

Awesome , details are great.

-- Dubb , WV

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#14 posted 12-11-2012 01:01 AM

OUTSTANDING! and it brings back memories of my build. Not all fond. lol

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#15 posted 12-11-2012 01:02 AM

Simple, it’s absolutely awesome!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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