Isaac Youngs Clock

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Blog series by Tom updated 01-24-2022 03:05 PM 6 parts 4342 reads 16 comments total

Part 1: Starting my Holiday Project

01-03-2022 05:17 PM by Tom | 0 comments »

I like to take some vacation during the holidays and I usually pick out a fun project, often without any need for the item. Such was the case this past holiday season. I purchased a hand tool video by Will Myers to make this clock which looks fairly simple, but is actually a bit tedious and challenging. The video is very well done and gives some history on this shaker clock and provides a complete build with hand tools, including the finishing. They also provide the basic dimensional pl...

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Part 2: Pictures Round 1 - Upper door

01-04-2022 04:08 PM by Tom | 0 comments »

This clock build is partly a trial run. Ultimately, I plan to have this one in my workshop since I don’t have a clock there. I am building my clock with 1/2” thick poplar boards from the home center. I found some really nice boards with straight grain and mostly rift sawn. You don’t need a lot of wood for this project, so even the expensive wood is only a modest investment. Also, I don’t have power planers for stock preparation, so this alleviates that issue and s...

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Part 3: Pictures Round 2 - Lower Panel Door

01-11-2022 06:18 PM by Tom | 5 comments »

The lower door construction is similar to the glass upper door, but it holds a thin 1/8” pine panel. For the panel, I ripped a 3/4” board with the hand saw and hand planed it down to 1/8” thickness. I got some exercise ripping the panel. Planing thin stock works best if you clamp it on the back end. I made it oversize and cut it down to the door frame. I glued it up with liquid hide glue and clamped it in a frame. ...

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Part 4: Pictures Round 3 - Clock Case

01-12-2022 07:07 PM by Tom | 4 comments »

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 plane...

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Part 5: Pictures Round 4 - Back Panel

01-13-2022 03:07 PM by Tom | 3 comments »

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 finis...

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Part 6: The Final Bits - Pictures

01-24-2022 03:05 PM by Tom | 4 comments »

The case is built, but there are many final bits that need to be done including hinges, door fitting, shaping the door sides and divider, install the glass, mounting the works, finishing and knobs. This is all fun work for me. This was a fun little project. With the stock prepped, I think it could be built in a couple long days. I would guess I spent about 1 – 40 hour week total tim...

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