Mission Style Clocks

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This roughly seven inch high, Mission style design of these three clocks is from Wood Magazine. Since I wanted to make several, I devised a fairly simple jig to cut the 4 deg tapers on fronts, backs and sides. Three different woods and three different finishes were used. The clock on the left is made from Philippine Mahogany using a finish of one coat of tung oil, and several coats of satin lacquer. Below is a close up.

The middle clock shown below is quarter-sawn White Oak. The finish is four coats of satin wipe-on poly following fuming. I was unable to locate stronger ammonia, so I used 10%, and fumed it for seven hours. A rain fell on the plastic bucket I used as an enclosure, and I expect the fuming would have been darker with the heat of the sun to help.

The final clock is also of White Oak – but not quarter sawn. Its finish is one coat of Watco Natural Danish Oil (per instructions on the can) followed by several coats of satin lacquer.

The clocks snap into a 3” hole drilled with a drill press mounted circle cutter. The decorative ‘pyramids’ are cut slightly oversized, sides tapered, and then driven into holes cut with a 3/8” mortise chisel.

I plan to use a satin wax on all three clocks as an added measure of protection when the finished have dried sufficiently.

-- Dave O.

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#1 posted 421 days ago

My special thanks to those of you kind enough to respond to my question about finishes over fumed oak.

-- Dave O.

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#2 posted 421 days ago

Great looking projects.

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#3 posted 421 days ago

These are very nice and I like the style.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 421 days ago

Cool clocks I like the different woods .

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 421 days ago

They’re all beautiful !
How much are you selling them for ?
I also like your timepieces. Where did you get them ?

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#6 posted 421 days ago

Nicely done. Now you have the time to finish other projects :)

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#7 posted 421 days ago

Thanks for the nice comments everyone!

In response to Dusty 56 – I make all of my projects either for gifts – or occasionally to keep. The clock mechanisms are from a company called Schlabaugh & Sons. If I remember right they offered four different faces for this size clock. I used three different ones to see how they would look with the different woods. My favorite is the one I used on the fumed oak.

-- Dave O.

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#9 posted 420 days ago

Excellent work, Dave. Those clocks are beautiful.

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#10 posted 420 days ago

Great looking clocks Dave…well done…the choice of woods makes them… excellent job love them.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#11 posted 420 days ago

Thanks for the info…I think your clock choice is also my favorite , followed by the “cream” colored one : )
I think the color adds some “age” to the face, versus the plain white one.
Have a great weekend : )

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#12 posted 420 days ago

Is that like See no time…........Speak no time…...........Hear no time… LOL All 3, verrrrrry nice

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#13 posted 417 days ago

They all look great. The pyramids added great accents to them. Each wood color has its own character. Like more the 2nd one, with darker grains. Great job!

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