GrandFathers Clock

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Project by tallshipsailor posted 09-12-2014 06:56 PM 1452 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this grandfathers clock my senior year in high school shop back in 1975. it took two shop classes/day through the entire year.

My freshmen year in high school, I took my plans and templates to my beginning shop class and told my instructor I wanted to make this grandfathers clock. He chucked and said, “you don’t even know how to use any of the equipment here in the shop, wait till your senior year when you know a little more about the tools, machinery and have a better understanding of making things in a shop.” So I waited… and planned… and collected my wood… for 3 years!

In the mean time, I ordered the time piece and used the templates I had bought from the clock company to pick out the various scrap pcs of birtch plywood and some 3/4 solid from a local cabinet maker and ordered the spindles and moldings from a catalog.

The leaded glass back came from a build in china cabinet from my uncles old farm house that was being torn down. The original windows were 2 doors at four pains wide, I had to cut the one window down to three pains and remake the original frame in order to fit.

The design, according to the templates and building plans was to have had an enclosed waist with a door, but I had other ideas! I wanted an open waist with the leaded window in the back, with spindles corners. I originally had a solid top on the bottom where the weights are setting, but the clock didn’t run as long, so cutting three holes in the bottom lid, the weights now continue down through the bottom, and to the base, adding more running time and character.

I’m so excited to have found this web site where I can show my projects to other woodworkers!

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#1 posted 09-12-2014 10:20 PM

Very cool!

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#2 posted 09-12-2014 11:13 PM

That’s a fantastic grandfather clock, I’m impressed it was a high school project. Those spiral columns seem daunting to build.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#3 posted 09-13-2014 12:10 AM

Beautiful Grandfather clock! The time you took to build it was well worth it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#4 posted 09-13-2014 07:53 PM

thanks for the comments,
boasaurus, the turnings were bought from a millwork catalog, at that time, I had no experience on the lath…. well… still don’t ! LOL!

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#5 posted 09-13-2014 07:54 PM

Incredibly beautiful and done as a high school student. Outstanding!

-- Brian in Wantagh, NY

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#6 posted 09-14-2014 12:34 AM

My neck hurts!! :)

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#7 posted 09-14-2014 01:39 AM

Wonderful grandfather clock

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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