Mission Pendulum Clocks

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Project by Douglas Bordner posted 04-12-2007 10:54 AM 2480 views 3 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a clutch of clocks that I have made, right down to designing the clock faces. The movements are quartz battery-driven pendulum types with a speaker and chimes. Wood is quarter-sawn oak “fat veneer” bookmatched over less figured QS white oak. Stain on the two clocks are various combinations of M.C. Campbell Microtone spray NGR dye, with Campbell MagnaLac gloss clear coat. The featured clock has walnut purfling along the face edges, and spectacular wavy walnut side panels. Both clocks have frame and panel backs that capture the side panels in a rabbet. They are held together with countersunk rare earth magnets, to allow for easy setting and battery changes. I’ve posted other designs here:

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#1 posted 04-12-2007 12:15 PM

fantastic. Love the design/wood/face.

(Hey Karson—I see circle holes!!)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 04-12-2007 05:14 PM

Beautiful work.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#3 posted 04-13-2007 02:21 AM


Nice clocks, I like your choice of woods. How did you design the clock faces and what are they made of? How did you inset the glass and face? I hope you don’t mind me asking.. Also the link for Otto Frei doesn’t work..

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#4 posted 04-13-2007 02:37 PM

I designed the clock faces in Adobe Illustrator. They are printed at FedEx-Kinko’s using a Xerox Docucolor 250 copier on 10 pt. gloss stock, then lightly coated with Krylon art fixative and spray mounted on 1/4 inch baltic birch ply. Then I routed out a lipped mortise with a homemade circle jig, set the glass in. I have tried using silicon adhesive, but I couldn’t get it to stay put and not get everywhere. I finally hit on using rattan binding cane, soaking it and microwaving it wrapped in wet paper towels, then bending it into a ring. It springs back against the sides of the mortise and holds the glass in place with a drop or two of 5-minute epoxy reinforcing things. Thanks for pointing out the broken link. I think it’s good to go now.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#5 posted 04-13-2007 08:43 PM

Great looking clocks

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected] †

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#6 posted 04-15-2007 02:29 PM

Nice looking clocks Doug. So are the previous. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 06-22-2007 09:52 PM

Doug, Those are absolutely beautiful clocks! I would love to make one myself. Do you have a plan that I might “borrow?”

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#8 posted 06-22-2007 11:47 PM

Very nicely done.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#9 posted 06-22-2007 11:51 PM

Wonderful clocks!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#10 posted 11-04-2007 01:52 PM

Love them Doug.

Hadn’t seen them before, but they’re beautiful.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 11-04-2007 02:00 PM

Thanks, Lee!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#12 posted 11-04-2007 06:55 PM

Yes .. these are very nice. Bookmatched front. great touch.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#13 posted 11-04-2007 11:40 PM

Thanks, Dan. We finally got the left one to a sister-in-law for her wedding present…after she got the right groom lined up (she dodged a bullet on the first one that the clock was built for – we like the new guy!).

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#14 posted 11-05-2007 06:03 AM

I must say that I like these a lot too!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#15 posted 07-12-2008 12:55 AM

I rolled the dice and found these beautiful clocks staring at me : ) Did I read correctly that you also created the faces ?....The design and overall finishes should make you very proud ! Have a great weekend : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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