Shaker Clock -- with a Touch of Mission

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Project by Picken5 posted 12-13-2013 02:48 AM 1560 views 10 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this as a wedding gift for my daughter and my soon-to-be son-in-law. Except for the ebony corner details, it’s made entirely of cherry. The finish is Tried & True Varnish Oil. There were plenty of “firsts” for me in this project: mortise & tenon doors, inlayed ebony plugs, and experiencing a brand new type of finish. I also took a number of liberties with the Shaker style, but I think I’ve kept the general “spirit” of the style. It’s a bit shorter than a typical Shaker clock, but my daughter wanted something she could either hang on a wall or place on a shelf, so I shortened the lower cabinet a bit. It also has a slightly cleaner look since I didn’t use any knobs – just routed finger pulls on the inside edges of the doors and added flush magnetic catches inside. (I think a Shaker “purist” would have approved.)

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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#1 posted 12-13-2013 03:04 AM

Well, I like it! Nice job with the design and tackling some “firsts”.

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#2 posted 12-13-2013 03:25 AM

Nice integration of design elements.

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#3 posted 12-13-2013 05:05 AM

Beautiful clock very nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 12-13-2013 05:44 AM

Very nice !

-- Nat - West Sayville,L.I., NY

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#5 posted 12-13-2013 12:32 PM

Beautiful craftsmanship, beautiful clock. I really like the cherry and ebony contrast, one of my preferred features too, adds a nice touch. Great design & execution on this, a future family heirloom for sure.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#6 posted 12-13-2013 12:47 PM

Very nicely done. I love the overall sense of balance and proportions. I am sure it will be treasured for a long time.

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#7 posted 12-13-2013 02:29 PM

This clock is fabulous and so well done.

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 12-13-2013 05:17 PM

Wow really nice, and well complimented with the addition of the black wooden square pegs they set it off beautifully. I am very impressed with it . Alistair

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#9 posted 12-13-2013 05:39 PM

That is a great clock and your joinery is excelent


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#10 posted 12-13-2013 07:02 PM

That’s a pretty cool look. The plugs class it up, for sure.

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#11 posted 12-13-2013 07:18 PM

beautiful, great looking clock!

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#12 posted 12-14-2013 11:10 AM

I like the simple and clean look.

Nice job!

-- Dale, Illinois,

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