Isaac Youngs Clock #5: Pictures Round 4 - Back Panel

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Blog entry by Tom posted 01-13-2022 03:07 PM 442 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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There is actually a fair amount of work to prepare and fit the back panel which is just nailed into the rabbets and from the top and bottom. Also, it is a good idea to start some of the finishing before assembly. Similar to the original Youngs clock, the back panel gets a coat of yellow milk paint that lets some of the grain show through. Then I added just one good coat of clear shellac over that. This is a clock and won’t see much hard use hanging on the wall.

I also added finish to the inside of the case before assembly. I decided to use clear Zinsser shellac with a few drops of medium brown Transtint. I have had horrible luck staining poplar, so I am just easing the color of the light poplar wood. Poplar usually mellows out to a light brown color over several years. I’m just trying to give it a little head start.

The back panel gets nailed to the rabbet on the sides with 1” cut brads. I didn’t have any, so I flattened the heads on some 1-1/4” wire brads to simulate the look.

Now it is really looking like something. With the case done, I can hang and fit the doors next… :)

-- Tom

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#1 posted 01-13-2022 05:19 PM

lookin real good.

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#2 posted 01-13-2022 09:03 PM

The case looks pretty good, nice work. Did you get clock works for this? Electric or wind up? Are you going to make your own dial face?, Popular Woodworking had an article on this clock many years ago, with instructions on making the face using Roman Numerals. It was a Chris Schwarz project, might be able to find it on their website, August 2004 issue.

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#3 posted 01-13-2022 09:36 PM

Hi Oldtool – For this one, I am using an inexpensive quartz movement. This is really a trial project to make this clock based off the Will Myers video and plan. I only plan to put it in my shop for the time being. Actually, if you check out the video, Will’s design allows for using different types and sizes of movements, depending if you want electronic or mechanical. Will also provides a picture file that you can print the same clock face that is on the original. I think Will photoed the clock face and then traced it by hand. It’s nice.

-- Tom

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