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Project by Andy posted 203 days ago 1593 views 25 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my very first Greene and Greene project and I learned more than I could have imagined. The entire clock is made from African Mahogany with real Ebony plugs and splines.

The design is my own creation with inspiration from various clocks that I found on lumberjocks and around the internet. After I chiseled out the splines I decided they were a little heavy. I went with 3/8 when I should have used 1/4. The plugs are pretty good for my taste at 3/8 but they might look better at 1/4. If I were to design another I might change the way I mounted the tile but I am pretty happy with everything else.

For the finish I used Darrell Peart’s recipe of 7 parts orange and 4 parts medium brown General finishes dye stain with a few coats of Arm-R-Seal. This was the first time using the General Finishes dye stain and I was quite happy with how easy it went on. I did discover that wetting the wood prior to applying the finish yielded much more consistent results.

I can’t begin to list all of the things that I learned making plugs and splines. I am certain that I would never do it this way again. Unfortunately I waited until after this was finished to ready Darrell’s Peart’s books and learn the proper way to make the plugs. The splines were all individually shaped without the use of a jig. The next Greene and Greene project will be done using the jigs that Darrell and William Ng describe in the various videos, articles and books that have been published on the subject.

Before I start the next project I will certainly buy the Veritas square chisels that Darrell helped designed. I will also be building the jig that Darrell details in his first book to make the plugs on the disc sander. Unfortunately the disc sander is a new addition since I finished all of the plugs.

-- Andy





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#1 posted 203 days ago

Magnificent. Looks great.

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#2 posted 203 days ago

Man that is a beautiful clock! I love G&G furniture, and your clock is a beautiful example. Don’t beat yourself up about not knowing everything right now. You live, you learn—that’s the way it is with we humans!

-- Dean

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#3 posted 202 days ago

You’ve incorporated several G&G elements very nicely, and your finish looks great.

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

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#4 posted 202 days ago

Greene & Greene inspired projects like your are great. Really like all the ebony accents, especially the bread board splines. Well done. Love the clock dial you selected.

-- Willie, Ashland, Oregon

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#5 posted 202 days ago

This is a very impressive clock fantastic build.

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#6 posted 202 days ago

Very well done. The finish turned out great.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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mbs

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#7 posted 202 days ago

Absolutely. Beautiful. Another project for my bucket list.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#8 posted 202 days ago

Another great project. I really like the use of the dragonfly tile. There is no more quintessential arts and crafts form than the humble dragonfly.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#9 posted 202 days ago

Beautiful clock. I think the 3/8 looks perfect; good call.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#10 posted 202 days ago

That’s one .sweet looking clock

-- Billp

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#11 posted 202 days ago

Love the details you put into that clock. Very nice!

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JohnLee

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#12 posted 202 days ago

That looks really sharp and fits G&G. Nice work.

-- John, Omaha

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#13 posted 202 days ago

An heirloom!

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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#14 posted 202 days ago

Congrats on tackling an aggresive build – with great results!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#15 posted 202 days ago

Very nice! The clock face is perfect.

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