Irish Parlor Clock

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Project by TCrossan posted 10-02-2013 12:44 AM 1364 views 7 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this clock for my son’s 40th birthday in July.
It is made of sepele and curly maple. It has a quartz clock movement as I figured few people want to wind a mechanical spring movement these days! The clock could still take the mechanical movement if he ever decides he wants it more authentic.
The face was made of 4 slices of curly maple cut on 45 deg cuts and glued and splined together.
The moulding at the bottom was made on my table saw.
I cut the opening for the face with a large circle cutter and then used a chamfer bit in the router to chamfer the edge.
The back is made up of 2”w scraps glued together and planed to 3/8” and screwed on using slotted holes.
Movement and face came from Klockit.
I had a VERY trying time with the shellac under coat. It would not dry!!!
Finally, after about a week, it dried. I think it was old.
Sprayed on 4 coats of clear hand rubbed effect lacquer.
Picture 5 is without finish of course, which is one of the things I love about sepele. The color and grain erupt when the finish is applied. Fun project!! (except for the shellac part)

Thanks for looking!

-- Jn. 14:6

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#1 posted 10-02-2013 01:02 AM

It came out lovely. Glad you overcame the finishing issues. :)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 10-02-2013 01:12 AM

Very nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 10-02-2013 02:39 AM

Beautiful clock. It should be cherished forever.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#4 posted 10-02-2013 02:43 AM

Very very classy. I’ll bet he loved it. Now it’s a family heirloom.


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#5 posted 10-02-2013 04:36 AM

Elegant heirloom! Will touch the lives of generations. Sign and date the back. Ask that each generation do the same.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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#6 posted 10-02-2013 07:54 AM

Nice clock, very clean.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 10-02-2013 12:39 PM

Really like the size and lines of this clock. Great workmanship.

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#8 posted 10-02-2013 01:05 PM

real nice clock. Friends have a clock of the exact same design. I like how you constructed a wooden face. That is a good idea.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario (

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#9 posted 10-02-2013 03:52 PM

Nice build.

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

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#10 posted 10-02-2013 05:25 PM

A very “timely” piece. Beautiful work.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#11 posted 10-02-2013 05:41 PM

Simple and elegant.
Having made many clocks all with key or weight driven movements I do find it frustrating that people use quarts movements after all that work making the cabinet. I may use your design as a pattern for the next clock I build.
Another better source of clock parts I like is Merrett Antiques.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#12 posted 10-02-2013 06:38 PM

A beautiful, classic and timeless design. Very nice.

-- Try to learn something about everything and everything about something - Thomas Huxley

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#13 posted 10-02-2013 06:51 PM

Thank y’all so much for the kudos!
Coming from the likes of you very fine craftsmen and ladies is very encouraging. Being my own worst critic, it is nice to have afirmation from those who have developed much greater skils.
Yes, it was somewhat a struggle to not put in the 8 day movement. but i knew it would be enjoyed more with the quartz movement and went with it. Next time i may go for the springs!!

-- Jn. 14:6

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#14 posted 10-02-2013 09:30 PM

Very nice. A clock is on my project list, for sure. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#15 posted 10-02-2013 10:24 PM

Well done and nice choice of clock faces : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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