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Forum topic by JohnR posted 05-16-2008 04:35 PM 959 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JohnR

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05-16-2008 04:35 PM

At some time this summer, I would like to try to build the Dominy Clock shown on the New Yankee Workshop last season. (NYW #0705)

Since the clock is painted, what would you recommend as the wood to be used? At first, I thought about simply using poplar, but am wondering whether a better grade of lumber will make a difference in terms not only of building the clock, but, also, in how well it will hold up over the years.

Thanks for any thoughts you may have.

-- Sola Gratia, John


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#1 posted 05-16-2008 04:45 PM

Hi John,

Poplar is a very stable wood so it shouldn’t be any problem. And it is a less expensive wood as well. It easily takes paint and it looks good stained as well.

You can make the clock out of any wood you like. If you want to get adventurous you might want to try a hardwood, such as walnut, oak or cherry, with a natural finish. Any of these should be consistent with the clock style.

Hope this helps.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 05-16-2008 05:21 PM

Scott,

Thanks for the info. I admire your work very much, so your opinions mean alot.

For others, here is the link to the NYW Dominy Clock:
http://www.newyankee.com/getproduct.php?0705

-- Sola Gratia, John

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#3 posted 05-16-2008 05:30 PM

If you are going to paint it, then poplar is your best bet.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 05-16-2008 09:08 PM

Poplar

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