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Project by Charles Maxwell posted 07-14-2008 02:55 PM 3558 views 13 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished this new clock design. I don’t have plans for it yet, it’s all in my head for now. When I become an expert at ACAD-Inventor I’ll update. I do plan to write a short “How To” book/guide on this basic design clock. This clock was a commissioned project for a Jeweler who lives in Valley Forge, PA. It’s made from figured maple and ebony with some “ebonized” hardwoods. Thank’s to fellow Lumberjock, Todd Clippinger, for his work. I found inspiration to use ebonized hardwoods in some of his work. I’ll write more about the process for building this clock when I have more time. For now, I hope you’ll enjoy some pics….

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#1 posted 07-14-2008 03:06 PM

That is absolutely stunning Charles! The Maple and Ebony/ Ebonized HW contrast is very elegant. I would love to build one or better yet have you build one for me some day. Just as soon as I can afford it : ) maybe after my first Million. Hopefully we are both still around to see that day.


thank you for sharing


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#2 posted 07-14-2008 03:15 PM


-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 07-14-2008 03:20 PM

That is one awesome clock!

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#4 posted 07-14-2008 03:39 PM

Thats beautiful!
How long did that take to build?

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#5 posted 07-14-2008 03:46 PM

GREAT! Beautiful! WOW!!!!

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#6 posted 07-14-2008 03:53 PM

Beautiful work!! How accurate is the clock?

-- Garyb6, “True simplicity does not reveal the tremendous effort it requires.” - Somerset Maugham

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#7 posted 07-14-2008 04:05 PM

That’s some real craftsmanship!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 07-14-2008 04:17 PM

Absolutely amazing. The detail is fantastic and the finished piece is beautiful. Let us know when you write the book. I’ll be interested in getting a copy.

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#9 posted 07-14-2008 04:58 PM

Hi Charles;

I have to congratulate you on your clock, your craftsmanship, and for possessing the level of patience it takes to create such a masterpiece!

Superb is an understatement.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 07-14-2008 09:59 PM

Nice clock!

Thanks for the post


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#11 posted 07-15-2008 05:25 AM


-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#12 posted 07-15-2008 07:18 PM

Going to show my ignorance, but what is ebonized hardwood?

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#13 posted 07-16-2008 10:24 AM


you have created really beautiful work. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jiri

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#14 posted 07-16-2008 02:19 PM

You are all too kind with your comments. Thanks for viewing. I owe you some answers … Building the clock took about 3 months from scratch but, 6 months to learn how to do it! My previous 4 clocks were great learning projects. I don’t have any plans when I build these clocks. I went to the library and I studied the mechanics of gearing and physics of the escapements. A little patience in the books and some hard word goes a long way! Re: Ebonized Hardwoods . . . As most of you know, Ebony is rare and getting rarer. The cost of Ebony has gone through the ceiling and using Ebony on projects has become too expensive. However, you can dye or stain hardwoods to give it the ebony appearance. There are many ways to do this but, I suggest using the black dyes available at your local woodcraft store. You can find a host of creative ways to create your own dyes online….be careful, some methods are pretty toxic! Be safe, use a dye.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#15 posted 08-22-2008 03:44 AM

Mann i really dig your clocks… so intricate… Dug

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