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Project by Mosquito posted 582 days ago 1072 views 2 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Anyone who watches Paul Sellers’ Woodworking Masters Class videos will recognize these. They are essentially that design. I made the clock narrower, deeper, and shorter. I did this with the intent for them to be desk/mantle clocks instead of wall hanging.

The one of the left is made out of poplar, and finished with 5-6 coats of Danish Oil. The one on the right is made out of mahogany and finished with 2 coats of Shellac and paste wax. Both of them use 50mm clock inserts. The poplar one was meant to be a “prototype” of my design changes, and just to see how well I could pull it off, before doing it in Mahogany. I liked it enough to finish it and will probably give both as Christmas gifts.

Overall I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. I used strictly hand tools with the exception of a cordless drill for the clock insert holes.

Some more “in progress” pictures of both:

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 582 days ago

I like these .very nice

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#2 posted 582 days ago

woodworking time! I love ‘em.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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lysdexic

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#3 posted 582 days ago

You sure accomplish big things with minimal equipment. Handsome clocks.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#4 posted 582 days ago

Flawless job Mos! Very nice. All the more sweet that you used all hand tools, look like a very fun build.

How do you apply your shellac? Looks great.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#5 posted 582 days ago

Impressive skills Mos; particularly the raised panels. Great work man. They really came out nice.

What method did you use to accomplish the round over on the top and base?

-- ~Tony

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lysdexic

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#6 posted 582 days ago

He has a 5HP shaper in the closet to the left

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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AnthonyReed

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#7 posted 582 days ago

“I used strictly hand tools with the exception of a cordless drill for the clock insert holes.” – Now your calling him a liar?

Man, you have a tough crowd here Mos.

-- ~Tony

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lysdexic

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#8 posted 582 days ago

I am sure that he just forgot to mention the shaper. Innocent mistake.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#9 posted 582 days ago

Thanks everyone :-)
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Mauricio, I used a brush to apply the shellac. I cut the bristles shorter, not sure why, but I liked it compared to the long bristles. Then I applied paste wax with #0000 steel wool, and then buffed it with a cotton rag (the kind I usually use to apply wipe on finish). That’s actually the first time I used shellac as a finish.
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Tony, for the round overs I used the #3 to get it close, the #5 1/2 to get it closer, and then some 220 grit sandpaper to finish it off. The #3 is set for a heavier cut than the #5 1/2, to get me there quicker, then the #5 1/2 is set for a thin shaving to make the flats smaller.
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Scott, the closet actually holds something far my important… my air conditioner :-P

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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bhog

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#10 posted 581 days ago

We already found out whats in the closet Scott,Als in there.

Nice work on these Mos.I really like the little guy in the center.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#11 posted 581 days ago

Nope, hog, pretty sure Al is out of the closet.

Great job Mos! The Workmate Workshop strikes again.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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#12 posted 581 days ago

I’ve been watching those sme episodes. Paul sellers is one of the few that gives me great confidence in using hand tools and for most joinery I feel more comfortable using hand tools instead of trying to do machinery set up.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One, www.qualitycarpetonecrofton.com

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Mosquito

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#13 posted 581 days ago

Thanks bhog

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Yes, the workmate… Some day… some day… lol

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I agree too Greg. His methods are simple, and relatively straight forward. I really like the videos. If nothing else it got me to try some new things :-)

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#14 posted 581 days ago

“We already found out what’s in the closet Scott: Al’s in there.”

Love that, love these builds! Very nice, Mos!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#15 posted 581 days ago

thanks Smitty. They’re pretty fun to make, and encompass a few different techniques in a relatively simple project.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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