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Project by knothead posted 200 days ago 823 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have had a rather tough year medically speaking and of the people that I work with one of them stood out solidly by checking up on me while I was off work stuck at home recovering, He and his wife stayed in touch, cooked for me and helped out in different ways when I needed it. The best way I could think to show my gratitude for that was with something handcrafted. To that end I built for them this “interpretation” of the wall clock built by Br. Issac newton Young’s in the mid 1800’s.

Built of Cherry with quartz movement and glass doors and finished with 5 coats of waterborne Lacquer. This “labor of love” turned out to be just as challenging as some of the larger projects I have built. As far as I can tell only one of the original clocks had a glass door. Given the time they were built they would have all likely incorporated a pendulum….I chose to display the pendulum here, but it is constructed so that it can be removed and the bottom compartment filled with silk flowers or small “treasures” if his wife desires. I hope they enjoy it as much as I did building it.

Hat tip to Charles Neil for the PDF , drawings, and research on this clock – Thanks Charles!

-- So Much Wood - So Little Time! --





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ChuckV

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#1 posted 199 days ago

That is a great clock and a wonderful story. I am sure that the gift will be treasured.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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Mike Hillman

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#2 posted 199 days ago

Very nice! Reminds me of the clean lines in Shaker furniture.

-- Mike

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 199 days ago

This is a fine project, Knothead. It looks great.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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ChuckV

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#4 posted 199 days ago

You probably know this. This clock is on the cover of Thos. Moser’s book How to Build Shaker Furniture. His measured drawing on p. 196 does include the glass.

Again, great job.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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#5 posted 199 days ago

Nice work and a extra fine gift.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#6 posted 199 days ago

I built the clock that Norm Abram published the plans for out of walnut, but neglected to take any photos of it. The clock was donated for a raffle that our Conservation Club held, i think i will make another one and hang on to it. I put a solid panel in the bottom door but i like the pendulum a lot.

-- Lumberdog.. Michigan

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