Mission Arts & Crafts Pendulum Clock

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Project by Max posted 09-14-2006 01:07 AM 4599 views 11 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is one style of the Mission Arts & Crafts clocks that I craft. This clock is made of Quarter Sawn White Oak with quarter sawn white oak and walnut tenons. The clock is finished with a three-step process after finish sanding. It is dyed with a water base dye, then a oil base glaze and then a finish of lacquer.

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

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 09-14-2006 01:56 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. A work of beauty, I like the tapered front, & the finish you chose.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 09-14-2006 05:17 PM

Nice lines and i love the 1/4 sawn oak.

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#3 posted 09-14-2006 08:26 PM

Dick and Dennis: Thank you so much for the compliments and the welcome to Lumberjocks. I do enjoy working with quarter sawn white oak…...

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

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Mark A. DeCou

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#4 posted 09-15-2006 04:55 PM

Hey Max:
nice clock. There is something uniquely special, timeless, and valuable, about a real wood clock with real gears, a real pendulum, and doesn’t need a set of AA batteries.

I can tell by the details of this piece that you are quite good at the craft. The sharp tight corners on your crown and foot molding, the attention given to the tenons and pegs, the beautifully smooth bevel around the face, all very nice. Could you post another photo of the clock with the front door open exposing the gears? I’d just like to see them if you would share.

Tell us more about your woodworking career, I sure would like to see more from you. I’ve got an ad for my work running in American Bungalow magazine right now. I know their readers would love your clock. Have you advertised before?

thanks for posting your project, and welcome to the group.

Mark DeCou

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#5 posted 09-15-2006 06:19 PM


Thank you for the compliments. However I do have to disappoint you. This clock does need a AA battery… It can however be crafted with a eight day movement. The front of the clock does not open it has a removable back, which I don’t have a picture of.

I have not advertised before, but do purchase American Bungalow and have thought about advertising in it. How is it working for you?


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

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Ethan Sincox

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#6 posted 12-22-2006 01:09 PM


Have you tried ammonia fuming followed by shellac, for a more traditional A&C finishing method? If so, care to share your techniques for the further advancement of others (me)? If not, I propose it as something you should consider! With smaller pieces like that, you could easily get away with using the same kind of fuming box I use – an old igloo chest cooler! It’s air tight, easy to carry around, and it is infinitely easier to set up and store when compared to 4mil plastic and a wooden frame!

I’ve found one or two sources for the required 28%-32% strength ammonia; as long as you work in a well-ventilated area (i.e. outside) and wear rubber gloves and eye protection, it really isn’t that bad, and the results are well worth it!

Ammonia fuming works especially well on white oak, but it also reacts well with mahogany and cherry (no splotches!).

-- Ethan,

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#7 posted 06-24-2007 05:56 AM

nice! an a&c clock is definitely on my list to tackle some day

-- Mike - Columbus, Ohio

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Bob Babcock

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#8 posted 06-24-2007 08:17 AM

Very nice clock. Beautiful work Max.

I need to try my hand at fuming Red. I thought about it for my chair but decided against it. I think I’ll make a small piece and try your cooler fumer or fumer cooler if you prefer…:) . I wonder how it would work on Lyptus?

-- Bob

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#9 posted 06-24-2007 10:28 PM

Great clock. I like the design and color.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#10 posted 09-13-2007 10:53 PM

This is really nice work. A beautiful clock and a design I really favor.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#11 posted 01-22-2010 04:51 AM

Really nice and beyond cool…really like it.

-- Minimally skilled but trying

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#12 posted 01-22-2010 07:01 AM

mike h,

Thank you very much for the compliment, I really appreciate it.

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

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#13 posted 05-13-2010 04:39 AM

Nicely designed and executed…. The face goes well with the clock style too : )

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

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#14 posted 11-06-2011 08:45 PM

good job!

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#15 posted 11-07-2011 12:17 AM


Thanks for the kind words, I appreciate it.

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

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