Isaac Youngs Clock #4: Pictures Round 3 - Clock Case

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Blog entry by Tom posted 01-12-2022 07:07 PM 404 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The case for this clock is just nailed together boards, but there are various steps before picking up a hammer and nail. Preparing the stock takes a bit of effort for me with hand tools. It is easy work. The sides and divider are 1/2” poplar boards from the home center. The length is determined by marking off from the doors and divider. I square the ends on the shooting board.

The top and the bottom of the case are a bit wider and 9/16” thick in my example. I planed down a 3/4” board to the gauge lines which only takes a few minutes with a sharp bench plane. When I get down to the gauge line, I usually get some threads of wood from the edges and I know that I am done. Then I cut the pieces to length for the top and bottom.

The back is a 1/2” thick white pine panel which is long enough to allow for the hanger section. Again, I had to bring down a 3/4” pine panel to 1/2” thick. I guess it could be ripped down with a saw and planed smooth, but I decided that it was easy enough to do all of it with the jack plane. White pine is soft and easy to plane. I gauged the thickness and then beveled each side down to the gauge line. Then I just removed the middle. It’s nice to watch the bevel angles on the corners disappear as you plane it down. It was easy work and I barely broke a sweat.

Now I have all my parts for the clock case. But I still can’t assemble yet. I need to cut the rabbets for the back on the sides, shape the quarter rounds on the top and bottom, notch the top for the clock hanger and cut the stop dados for the divider. All easy, pleasant joinery work with hand tools.

Finally, I can nail it together. I use cut nails because they are traditional for this clock and they hold better than wire nails. Predrilling is a good idea in this relatively thin stock. I use a carefully dimensioned spacer to hold the pieces in position while I drill and nail. I also fit the divider after the frame is nailed.

I trimmed the door heights for an initial snug fit. Next time I will prep and attach the back panel. Then I can hang the doors.

I am simplifying the process. I highly recommend the Will Myers video and plan. I referred back to it many time during this build.

Til next time… :)

-- Tom

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#1 posted 01-12-2022 07:34 PM

thats lookin real nice.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 01-12-2022 07:42 PM

Thanks pottz

-- Tom

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#3 posted 01-12-2022 10:22 PM

Great hand tool work with authentic period tools, very nice indeed. I am surprised that no glue is used in the assembly of the clock, but I guess Mr. Youngs knew what he was doing, his original is still on display at Hancock Shaker Village.

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#4 posted 01-12-2022 10:32 PM

I did not use glue on the case. Will said it is not needed and not on the original. The cut nails really hold well. You can if you want. I considered but decided against since it’s just a bit messy with the hide glue.

-- Tom

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