Model T Wooden Clock

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Project by Matt posted 08-04-2013 11:20 AM 3156 views 12 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this clock over the course of a couple of weeks as a Christmas present for my grandparents. I FINALLY was able to hang it in their house this past July of 2013. Approximately 90% of the work was completed on the clock during the Christmas holiday, then I had to go back to my last semester at Texas A&M University (Whoop!!!). Then the clock was finished during the summer and hung in its final resting place!

The clock is a Clayton Boyer design. Clayton is a clock enthusiast based out of Hawaii and has made numerous plans for wooden clocks to date. I, sadly, am not quite skilled enough yet to design my own clock. However, other than the plans, the clock was made from start to finish by none other than yours truly. I primarily used a scroll saw on the gears and a bandsaw on some of the larger, straighter cuts. It was then sanded relentlessly for countless hours in order to get the gears to fit with each other just right. The main gear contains upwards of 177 teeth!

The clock is made out of walnut for the stationary pieces and Baltic birch ply for the gears and miscellaneous parts I did not want warping too much with changes in humidity, temperature, etc. There is no stain, paint, or other cover on any of the wood – 100% natural finish and I think it turned out perfect! The weight to drive the clock is my Grandpa’s old Texas A&M wind chime that he had laying out and the weight used to drive the pendulum is bits of lead encased in a walnut/Baltic birch shell.

I have to say, after working, sanding, and sculpting the walnut, I will most definitely be going back to it in future projects! It is a fine hardwood that is absolutely beautiful when finished.


- Matt

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#1 posted 08-04-2013 11:52 AM

Matt, I’m jealous!! This is something I have always been fascinated with. I’m sure your grandparents are proud to have it.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#2 posted 08-04-2013 11:52 AM

A timeless design ;). GREAT work !! Nice clock.


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#3 posted 08-04-2013 12:27 PM

And just think… years from now when they are gone, it’ll most likely be passed down to you to keep and enjoy.

Beautiful clock!

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#4 posted 08-04-2013 12:48 PM

Very, very nice work. Looking forward to see your next project. Keep it up!

-- John, Illinois,

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#5 posted 08-04-2013 12:56 PM

Great job man!

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#6 posted 08-04-2013 01:10 PM

Great work—most outstanding! I particularly like your weights! Congratulations on a job well done and I’m sure your grandparents are proud and pleased.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 08-04-2013 01:23 PM

This is a great design and looks like a fun project. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 08-04-2013 03:04 PM

Congrats on tackling a challenging project – and a great result.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 08-04-2013 04:09 PM

Very cool clock Matt.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 08-04-2013 04:47 PM

Gig’em! You need to add a video of it in motion.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#11 posted 08-04-2013 04:54 PM

Great job! I’m a huge fan of Dr. Boyer’s work.

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#12 posted 08-04-2013 08:21 PM

That is a fine looking clock. The gear cut-outs seem super tedious. I’ve always liked Clayton’s designs and hope to try one myself someday.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#13 posted 08-05-2013 01:07 AM

Epic! I like the balance of the walnut and birch.
I’ve been trying to work myself up to try one of Clayton’s clocks for a while now.

-- -MDWhite

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#14 posted 08-05-2013 04:48 AM

Great job

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#15 posted 08-05-2013 10:12 AM

Thanks everyone for the acknowledgment! I wanted to add a video in motion! Maybe to come?

And Yes, his clocks are absolute masterpieces! I want to make another one at some point, but we’ll see. I really like the idea of a grandfather clock with a full custom stand.

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