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Project by rodneyh posted 02-27-2014 01:22 AM 2863 views 26 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my 1st commissioned piece. I made a total of 5 (plus 1 that’s a bit different for a family member). Every board in the clock is QSWO, most of it with fantastic grain patterns. Trying to stay true to the work of the early 1900s, I don’t try to make the grain “pop” as many LJers do. There’s lots of awesome looking projects on here that the grain really “pops”, but it’s just not my thing. Finish is dye stain, sealer, darker gel stain (for the pores), and 2 coats of hand wiped urethane.

I make my own dials and pendulums. Dial is etch copper that is infill painted. It is then chemically patinated to give it the aged brown look. Pendulum is a brass plated aluminum bob that I strip, then electroplate with copper, then patinate to match the dial. Both are waxed for a bit of protection.

Buyer loves it. I’ll sell the remainder on Etsy.





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Alongiron

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#1 posted 02-27-2014 01:25 AM

I love it!! I want to learn how to make those dials. We must talk!!! Super well done!!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....Steve Lien

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#2 posted 02-27-2014 01:35 AM

Your woodwork is beautiful, and your dial and pendulum are truly distinctive and outstanding.

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

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#3 posted 02-27-2014 02:00 AM

Beautiful work on the clock.

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#4 posted 02-27-2014 02:26 AM

Beatiful work! Love the lines. Good choise of the grain too.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#5 posted 02-27-2014 02:42 AM

Superlative project!

“I make my own dials and pendulums. Dial is etch copper that is infill painted. It is then chemically patinated to give it the aged brown look. Pendulum is a brass plated aluminum bob that I strip, then electroplate with copper, then patinate to match the dial. Both are waxed for a bit of protection.”

Have you, or would you, blog the above process in great detail?

Thank you for posting.

-- Art

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#6 posted 02-27-2014 05:38 AM

Elegant work!

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

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#7 posted 02-27-2014 06:40 AM

Cool design and great looking.

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#8 posted 02-27-2014 09:53 AM

Great design, read about plans on these a while back and loved the look. Great work on yours and making the dial yourself is cool.

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

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#9 posted 02-27-2014 12:09 PM

Excellent looking clock and very well made …thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#10 posted 02-27-2014 01:19 PM

Congratulations on your first commission. What a great clock.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#11 posted 02-27-2014 01:54 PM

I’ve always been curious about electroplating. I’ve used electrolysis on hand tool rehabs before – is it basically the reverse of that? Do you need to prep the receiving metal at all? I know in professional shops it’s dipped in an acid bath, neutralized, then dipped into the electrolysis bath. Great work.

-- "Begin every endeaver with the end ever in mind."

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#12 posted 02-27-2014 02:16 PM

Very nice.

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#13 posted 02-27-2014 03:22 PM

This is a beautiful clock and you did a fine job on it.

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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#14 posted 02-27-2014 03:57 PM

Thanks everyone.

Dinger – I’m pretty new to this, but here’s what I did. 1. Sand off “brass” coating from standard pendulum bob bringing it down to bare aluminum. 2. Put bob in my electro-etch solution, but on the ground side. Put some scrap copper on the positive side. 3. Etch / plate for about 30 minutes. 4. Shine up surface with grey synthetic steel wool. 5. Heat treat or chemically patinate for color to match dial.

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#15 posted 02-27-2014 03:58 PM

So finely crafted. It looks great.

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

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