A Simple Tall Clock for Jessica & Mike

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Blog entry by Gord Graff posted 05-08-2008 11:51 PM 2914 reads 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch


Hello All,

Yes it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to sit down at the computer and to say I’ve been very busy is an understatement.

However, that being said, I come to you with a gift of sorts. It’s a four part video series that features the construction of a simple tall clock similar to the one I gave my youngest daughter and my son in law last year as a moving away gift. That particular clock is now featured in the June/July 2008 issue of Canadian Woodworking Magazine where you’ll find it featured on page 8.

If you are interested in the original, which by the way is seen in the video, you’ll have to run out and purchase the magazine where you’ll find all the particulars on its construction.

I’ve made several of these clocks out of different wood species and one with a stone face but the general construction is the same in all of them. It is a clock of my design and it was specifically designed with my daughter Jessica and my son in law Mike in mind.

By the way, this video was the very first video that I ever shot and it was shot last summer…………………….so please be kind. Things have come a long way since that time and they’re only getting better.

The following link will take you to the four part video series which is archived on Blip TV…………..

I’ve embedded “Part 1” of the 4 part series below, for the remaining 3 parts of the series, click on the link above.

All the best

-- Informing & Inspiring Today’s Woodworkers:

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#1 posted 05-09-2008 12:09 AM

Good to see you back again Gord, and with a rather spiffiy clock to boot. Good video, good clock, good job.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 05-09-2008 01:59 AM

great job Gord. That is a nice clock that you made too, very different. I can’t wait to see the rest of the process to make this one.

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#3 posted 05-09-2008 03:02 AM

Nice to have you back. Great clocks. Very nice design.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Gord Graff

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#4 posted 05-09-2008 03:20 PM

Hi All,

I think one of the problems we as woodworkers face when designing a piece is whether or not the design we end up with is flexible. In other words, can you make minor changes in the design to achieve a totally different “look” of a given piece? Case in point, the 2 photos below.

I did a little experimenting with this design and used a slightly different base and replaced the wooden clock face with a piece of 3/8” thick natural stone….....................................the look achieved is open to interpretation.

All the best
Birch Clock Body

Natural Stone Face

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#5 posted 05-09-2008 03:22 PM

I love your style and artistic vision. These are fantastic pieces.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Gord Graff

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#6 posted 05-09-2008 07:23 PM

Hi Todd,

Many thanks, I’m a big fan of what you do.

All the best

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#7 posted 05-11-2008 06:23 PM

A modern flare and beautiful as well. I enjoy watching videos and appreciate the personal time it takes to make them. Thanks for the post Gord and please keep them coming.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#8 posted 05-12-2008 01:13 PM


I apologize for just now getting around to commenting on your post but I had to work my way through the videos first. These are gorgeous clocks and you certainly have developed a unique design. I agree that these look complicated and difficult. But the construction videos break it down nicely and now I have a better understanding of the processes involved. This would be an interesting project to try but simply knowing the process is quite different from being able to actually do it.

Thanks for the video too by the way. It was, as usual, informative and I picked up some things to improve my woodworking techniques.

Glad to have you back, as well.

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

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#9 posted 05-16-2008 04:51 PM

Very impressed.

The clocks are beautiful and your video was very professional and informative.

When does your show on DIY start?

-- Kirk H. --

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#10 posted 05-16-2008 11:17 PM

very nice work gord, you are a true professional, artist , and craftsman .

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Gord Graff

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#11 posted 05-17-2008 01:24 PM

Hi All,

Thank you for all your kind words, I had a real ball designing and building these clocks and I’m happy they have been well received, please accept my apologise for not getting back to you sooner.

I’ve always believed that we as woodworkers should at least try and do something a little different in our woodworking careers at one point or another. Push the envelope whether in design or construction. That’s not to say that the old designs are not worthy of our time but every once in awhile, why not try something a little “out there” if you know what I mean.

Once again, thank you one and all, you’ve been so kind and tolerant of someone who likes to be “out there”.

All the best

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#12 posted 05-17-2008 04:12 PM


I agree with you about trying to push the envlope, I think that with alot of hobbies or other pursuits in life, with sucess or failure, one can learn volumes in that endevor when they are outside of their “normal comfort zone”.

By the way I think you’ve come up with a great versitile design.

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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