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Forum topic by DBordello posted 05-25-2015 11:11 PM 487 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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DBordello

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05-25-2015 11:11 PM

I will be the first to admit that I know nothing about grandfather clocks, and practically the same about woodworking. However, I was inspired by a modern grandfather clock build, therefore I am jumping in head first.

However, I am looking for a critique on my design. The drawings are available here. It is a simple rectangular case that will eventually have doors on it.

All connections are dados. I am thinking the 4/4 walnut will end up 3/4” thick, so the dado will be 3/4”x3/8”. In the back, I saw concerns about material movement. Therefore, the back will be placed in a rabbit, and held in place with some sort of fastener (suggestion?). The dados and rabbits will be made with a router, an edge guide, and a 1/2” up spiral bit.

I do not have a jointer, so I will be building a planer sled and tablesaw jig to do the panel glue ups. I have never done these, and they make me very nervous.

Will stability be a concern? Any other thoughts you might have?

For what it is worth, my thought process to date is documented here: http://engineeredmusings.com/ So far it has mostly concentrated on the clock movement, but that is the driving force behind the case dimensions.


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#1 posted 05-25-2015 11:28 PM

If I were you, I would try making this piece with the tools and the skills you have.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 05-25-2015 11:31 PM



If I were you, I would try making this piece with the tools and the skills you have.

- Dallas

That is the plan :)

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