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Project by Jess Littlefield posted 09-24-2015 03:50 PM 1394 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this clock last year right before the craft show my wife goes to for her stained glass selling. The clear lacquer
was still not dry when she took it so she would have more than her stuff on display. She said it sold fifteen minutes after she set it on the table. So now I need to make two more, one for me to sit and look at for a year and the other she can sell for the 2 or 3 thousand she got for the other one. This is the only pictures I have left cause my computer got screwed up and all the step be step construction I can’t find. It is Ash wood and I used a dye stain which penetrates better than anythings else..
The curly cues on the door came from Hobby Lobby or Michaels, can’t remember. I see where Hobby Lobby has stopped selling the long strips of the trim. That’s a plastic mesh material on the door to let more sound of the chimes come through. Most of the movements I use comes from

I buy the molding then lay it down on some Baltic Birch plywood , trace around it and with the scroll saw I make a few of each piece I buy. Some pieces I make up to 1/2” thick and down to 1/4” for different purposes. Then a Dremel with attachments makes them look like the store bought pieces along with a few carving knives. They are first sprayed with white lacquer then while the lacquer is still wet I rub on some gold powder or a combination of powders then spray on a few coats of clear lacquer. I didn’t install the pieces on the clock until the body of the clock is finished. Plus all the pieces are all finished before they are added to the body. They were finished with clear lacquer then mounted on the clock. I also finished the door before I installed it. I have found over the years the movements that use a C cell battery runs for a year or two longer than the ones that take a small battery. Also the movements that chimes, the batteries have to be replaces more often than just a clock with no fancy sounds…

Most all the things I build is my own design and the shapes comes from a french curved set…...Less than 10 bucks at Hobby Lobby…..Oh, I might add, graph paper is a must when using the french curves set. And the smallest replaceable lead pencils. The smallest width a line you can make equals more accurate results. I buy a large size book of graph paper at a printing store . The size 20×30 is perfect to make patterns on for my scroll saw has 20” of clearance. I always keep the original copy I make then make copies on my home printer to glue on to the wood. Another good tip. I always apply clear packing tape on the wood. Spray the glue onto the tape then apply the pattern on to the glue.. When finished sawing, pull the tape off and you have clean wood to continue with…Also when you have multiple pieces to saw and they need to be exactly the same size make all your patterns at the same time. I have found even if I use the same pattern and make copies on different days there might and usually are a very small difference of size in the patterns. Any questions let me know….
The body of the clock is six or seven pieces all exactly the same glued together and all pieces except the front piece has a large square hole for the movement. The front piece only has a hole the size the movement needs and each movement can be bought for different thickness of wood so make sure you are buying the right movement for the right thickness of wood. Don’t tighten the movement nut too tight or else you will pull the guts out of the movement. The part that holds the hands is plastic and will came apart if you are not careful . I usually use some contact cement on the rubber washer that comes with the movement. Just a little on each side of the rubber washer will keep the movement from moving around when it comes time to change to battery. It might not be important except if you want to keep the 12 on the dial to stay in the 12 position… These are just thought I went through in the thirty years or so of installing movements. Some I found out the hard way…

-- Jess Littlefield

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#1 posted 09-24-2015 05:21 PM

That’s very attractive.

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#2 posted 09-24-2015 08:43 PM

Very cool!

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#3 posted 09-25-2015 03:21 PM

wow. That is an amazing piece!!!!

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#4 posted 09-25-2015 04:07 PM

This turned out beautifully and will make a wonderful Christmas present.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 09-25-2015 04:55 PM

Incredible clock upgrading, colours are magnificant.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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