Mission Style Clocks

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Project by Dave Owen posted 07-05-2013 02:19 PM 3176 views 20 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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 07-05-2013 02:22 PM

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 07-05-2013 02:40 PM

Great looking projects.

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#3 posted 07-05-2013 02:43 PM

These are very nice and I like the style.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 07-05-2013 02:50 PM

Cool clocks I like the different woods .

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 07-05-2013 03:41 PM

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 07-05-2013 04:53 PM

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

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#7 posted 07-05-2013 05:18 PM

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 07-05-2013 10:01 PM

Excellent work, Dave. Those clocks are beautiful.

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#10 posted 07-05-2013 11:40 PM

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

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#11 posted 07-05-2013 11:45 PM

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 07-06-2013 02:03 AM

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

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#13 posted 07-09-2013 01:48 PM

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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