|Project by FJPetruso||posted 04-20-2013 01:07 AM||1626 views||2 times favorited||1 comment|
This project is my version of an Arts & Crafts Buffalo Mantle Clock.
The clock stands 9-1/4 inches high & is 13-1/4 inches long. I laminated three 3/4” thick pieces of quarter sawn oak for the body of the clock & used one piece of quarter sawn oak for the top “horns”. The cut out for the “feet” or hooves & the curves for the sides of the body was done with a bandsaw. A 3-1/8” hole was drilled extra deep with a forstner bit to allow the Woodcraft battery operated clock mechanism to be recessed into the body of the clock. The recess was made with a rabbeting bit & a router. The 1” hole through to the back of the body was done to allow the clock mechanism to be removed for changing the battery. A table saw was used to make the bevel on the under side of the front & ends of the 13-1/4” long top. Then the top was attached to the body with two #10 biscuits & glue. (I experimented a bit with the length of the top piece & found that the clock looked a bit squatty & more like a pear or pig than a buffalo with horns, with a shorter length top.)
The two parts were sanded prior to assembly & I used an oil based Colonial Maple stain to get that orangish look that old arts & crafts furniture have & used Honey Oak Danish Oil to tone the orange down a bit. I finished the project off with my own beeswax & linseed oil mix.
-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"