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Forum topic by Xtreme90 posted 11-02-2009 05:47 PM 939 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-02-2009 05:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: handmade cherry grandfather clock question

Hey LJ members?

I was just on the net this morning searching for prices on a handmade solid cherry grandfather clock. All I keep finding is clocks with a cherry finish or veneer and nothing out of solid cherry. My question is what would a handmade cherry GFC go for? Just a ball park average would be greatly appreciated. I do understand what type of works, size and type of clock the piece is, does affect price.


-- "I don't cut wood. I machine it!" G.M. The wood machinest

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Tim Dahn

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#1 posted 11-02-2009 11:12 PM

Hand made? $$$ Solid cherry? without some veneers? $$$ Ball park? north of $2000.00 As you stated, lot of factors there that will influence price or should I say increase?

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#2 posted 11-03-2009 12:44 AM

I would agree with Timbo. If it is hand made and solid cherry, it could be $2000 to $8,000 or higher depending on how ornate it is, the movement quality, and the workmanship. It wouldnt be cheap.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 11-03-2009 12:50 AM

I think Tim’s pretty close but it depends on the type of works inside some of them push $ 1200 if you get carried away. If your trying to decide what to charge someone for a clock you might quoit case plus works.

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#4 posted 11-03-2009 12:59 AM

Having made and sold several gfclocks, I must agree with the previous posters.

The daunting price of quality clockworks really drives the price of the finished product up, but bear in mind that all clock makers have access to basically the same choices of movements and brassworks. It is the craftsmanship of the woodcraft that makes a grandfatherclock a unique cherished treasure.

Sometime in the future, if needed, you can replace (or even upgrade) the clockworks, but the craftsmanship of the wood case will remain the same.

As far as the price for cherry….depending on your local access to cherry, and the quality of wood used…again a very subjective concept to put a dollar figure on. For instance in my geographic location, there is no local source of cherry, and I would have to special order in, or drive to a supplier to get the hardwood. Thus driving up the price I would have to quote.

IMHO, Tim and Wayne both have quoted realistic prices.

Hope this helps

-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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#5 posted 11-03-2009 04:23 AM

Thanks for all the advice guys, it’s so nice to be able to just ask any question about woodworking to experienced woodworkers.

The help is greatly appreciated again.

-- "I don't cut wood. I machine it!" G.M. The wood machinest

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#6 posted 11-03-2009 08:16 AM

Those comments above are correct. Actually the type wood is not the big part of the price. It is the movement and all the work to build the cabinet that affects the price.
A good quality movement for a Grandfather clock would be up to $2000 or more before you put it in a cabinet.
The movement for last wall hung regulator I made ( about 46” tall) was $450. I have another $100 worth of cherry wood in it, a $90 beveled edge glass for the door and lots of work making it.

Have you checker Merritt’s Antiques for clocks. They have old and new ones and also clock movements.

Here is one at $1999.99

Another a little cheaper. Uses rod chimes instead of tubes.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#7 posted 11-03-2009 07:53 PM

I would say starting around $2000 for the case only, if it’s intricate at all. A simple design could be done cheaper. The movement would be on top of that. Obviously, it would depend on the skill level and reputation of the one who built it, the market you’re in, and how bad you need the job.


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