Standing the Test of Time

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Project by Woodenwizard posted 01-31-2014 11:35 PM 1705 views 3 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just like the grand walnut tree, this grandfather clock stands tall. This clock was made from nearly 100 board feet of 3/4” black walnut and cut with a scroll saw. Although after all the scroll sawing I would bet 30% of the walnut was cut away. There were 193 separate pieces scrolled with 320 inside cuts. It was finished with tung oil and several coats of lacquer. I didn’t keep track of how much time it took as there were several times I got frustrated and set the project aside for a while. I worked on this off an on for about 11 months. I think it turned out great. It is almost 7’ tall and like the walnut tree should stand the test of time. This will be my entry in the walnut contest. Thanks for checking it out.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#1 posted 02-01-2014 12:01 AM

Very nice looking – I have not tackled one that large YET – someday.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#2 posted 02-01-2014 12:04 AM

Very, very impressive. That will be enjoyed for many generations.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#3 posted 02-01-2014 12:05 AM


That is just plain amazing!!!!! What a beautiful and well crafted work of art. You are the man…..

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

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#4 posted 02-01-2014 12:08 AM

Thanks Max; I am glad it is finally done!

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#5 posted 02-01-2014 12:25 AM

That looks great. Ironic that you didn’t keep the time it took to make when building a wonderful device to keep time! I’m sure future generations of your family will treasure this heirloom piece.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#6 posted 02-01-2014 01:10 AM

Awesome work! I have seen that plan and I would like to do that one too! It looks great in walnut. I was thinking cherry for mine as I have it on hand.

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#7 posted 02-01-2014 01:17 AM


-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 02-01-2014 01:31 AM

Holy smokes, that’s a lot of cutting! But it sure does look spectacular!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#9 posted 02-01-2014 01:32 AM

That’s one amazing clock.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 02-01-2014 02:01 AM

jerrells: Thanks for the comments, I always enjoy seeing your scroll saw projects.

Chuck: Thanks for the kind words. The kids, all four of them say they want one. Not going to happen.

Joel; You are right, I guess now that I have a clock I should time my projects. Still have your bread knives on my to do list. Do I have to count the time it takes to actually get started on a project?

Thanks woodtickgreg. I am sure you could make a beauty out of cherry.

Thomas: No one that really knows me. I did enjoy the build.

Jim; Thanks for the comment. You are always so encouraging.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#11 posted 02-01-2014 02:23 AM

Wow John, congratulations on an outstanding piece of cutting! This will surely be a family heirloom, and looks fantastic in walnut.

Where is the pattern from?

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#12 posted 02-01-2014 02:42 AM

Amazing John.
That took a LOT of patience and dedication.
good luck with the challenge.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#13 posted 02-01-2014 03:34 AM

Thanks Mathew; I picked up the pattern from a garage sale. I think it was from Wildwood Designs but not sure.

Paul: Thanks for the comment. Not so much patience as stubbornness.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#14 posted 02-01-2014 05:27 AM

Absolutely an heirloom. Will be loved for many generations.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#15 posted 02-01-2014 06:13 AM

That obviously took a lot of patience and skill and it was well worth it.

You definitely made time a timeless treasure!

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

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