Hancock Shaker Inspired Clock

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Project by JLYoung posted 07-29-2013 07:32 PM 1608 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this cherry clock as a wedding gift for my little sister. She was to be wed in the French alps which meant whatever I made had to be of a size that could be transported in my checked luggage on the plane. After searching long and hard I finally found inspiration in Christian Becksvoort’s book “The Shaker Legacy” when I spotted his version of the Hancock Shaker clock. Fortunately, Fine Woodworking also had a free plan for this clock on their website which I was able to modify somewhat to fit the dimensions I was looking for. Mainly I shrunk the height to fit in my luggage and made the carcase deeper so that it would act as a wall hung cabinet as well.

In order to personalize the clock, I decided to make the lower door panel out of birch and I inlaid a stylized poppy flower as well as the initials of the bride and groom and the date of their wedding. When my sister first moved to France from Canada she had never seen a real poppy so her fiance would pick them for her on occasion. I used sand shaded bloodwood for the petals and african blackwood for the center of the flower. The initials and date were carved into the door and it had been my intent to inlay the characters using ebony similar to the method Steve Latta used to inlay the letters in his Pennsylvania spice chest in his Fine Woodworking video. However, I had some serious difficulties getting the wood to bend in such a tight radius (the number 9 especially) that I finally decided to use two part epoxy dyed black to fill the voids. This approach worked very well and was much easier to accomplish.

The clock survived the trip to France unscathed and the Bride and Groom were very moved by the gift. I was questioned at length by the locals as to what woods were used and how the inlay was done etc. (All in french I might add, which proved to be quite a challenge!)

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#1 posted 07-29-2013 07:46 PM

Nice story,even better transformation to real project.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 07-29-2013 09:01 PM

Absolutely gorgeous. Where did you find the clock movement?

-- Vic Rice

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#3 posted 07-30-2013 05:43 AM

Very very nice….you did a great job and I am sure is will be a life time treasure.

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

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#4 posted 07-30-2013 11:58 AM

The 3/8” continuous sweep movement and 7 1/2” Shaker clock face were purchased from Lee Valley.,42405,52297&p=52297,42405,32900&p=32900

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#5 posted 08-01-2013 05:14 PM

Beautiful shaker clock! Great design and execution. The inlays are great accents. I’m sure the newly weds appreciates it.

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