Grandfather Clock

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Blog entry by Daniel Barnes posted 02-09-2011 11:07 PM 1529 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First I want to start by saying that I have not been on here in over a year. Well I have been pretty busy. My wife became pregnant with TWINS. The pregnancy went great and we were blessed with 2 very healthy boys. Henry Edward and Gavin Thomas were born 21 Dec 2010. They just turned a year old. Also in Aug. I started attending a Cabinet Making/ woodworking class for the next two years. It is at a technical school about 30 min away. I decided to take this class to sharpen my skills as a woodworker and to gain some more knowledge and skills. The first semester has been great and I have built a few things and learned a ton. Well this next semester I am making a grandfather clock for me and my wife. A buddy of mine on here said that I should blog about my expierience on this project and so they could follow my progress. Well I decided to make the clock out of cherry with some of the trim being made out of African Padauk wood. I am both very excited and very nervous about making such a big and elaborate project. Of course I will have the help of my instructor to guide and coach me along my journey. So my wife and I picked out a pendulum, face, dial and weights from Klockit already. I then had to make a life size drawing of the clock for dimension purposes and so we could get the proper sizeing and such. This week I just started to cut up and plane some of the wood for the clock.

-- Daniel Barnes, Missouri, [email protected]

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#1 posted 02-09-2011 11:21 PM

cant wait to see it, good choice of woods.

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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#2 posted 02-09-2011 11:58 PM

This should be a challenging project. Having a blog is good. You can get ideas and help as you go from someone who has done it. Best of luck on this venture. Will you be doing carving with chisels or mainly router type work?


-- And Still Too Short - "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon

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#3 posted 02-10-2011 12:22 AM

Great Daniel, Congratulations on those boys. It’s OK to slip in pictures of future woodworkers by the way. lol
How about lots of pictures of the build? My grand father was an old time watch maker. Not only did he machine all the parts for the clock movement, he made the case as well. So this will be extra special to me. Let ‘er rip!

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#4 posted 02-10-2011 12:45 AM

I have wanted to try my hand at this for awhile as my wife loves grandfather clocks, I am interested to see how it plays out, best of luck!

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#5 posted 02-10-2011 12:55 AM

hope to see your work as the clock comes to live

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#6 posted 02-10-2011 01:39 AM

Hey Dan;

Glad to hear from you Brother!

Good idea on the tech school too. And the number two twins’ middle name is perfect!

I’ll watch for your updates on the grandfather clock!

USAF, Retired Disabled Vietnam VET

-- " .... For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother.”

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#7 posted 02-10-2011 01:51 AM

congrat´s to you and your wife with the twins :-) .....where is the picture ?

it will be interressting to follow you building the clock…we expect alot of pictures
so we can enjoy it with you :-)

take care

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#8 posted 02-10-2011 04:03 AM

I was wondering how I can post pics of the clock in the blog? As for the clock I will probdo most of carving with a router.

-- Daniel Barnes, Missouri, [email protected]

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#9 posted 02-10-2011 04:40 AM

Dan, on the upper left hand corner, there are 4 on “img” and it will cause a box saying “browse”. Click this and it will allow you to select from your computer where you save your pictures. Select your picture and then click the box to “install this picture”.
If this isn’t clear, maybe one of the computer guys can help better. Rand

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#10 posted 02-10-2011 04:45 AM

Hi Dan;

Congratulations on the twins!!!!

And on the opportunity to take a course like that. I’ll be looking forward to seeing your posts.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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