Junior Year Grandfather Clock

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Project by Troy posted 10-10-2009 04:41 AM 3836 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Grandfather clock that I just finished at the end of my Junior year in my highschool woodshop. sorry it took me so long to get this one on here. Once again, just like my freshman year nightstand and my sophmore year gun cabinet; the clock was designed and built by myself, following plans that I drew. The legs are cabriole legs with hand carved ball and claw feet on the end. If you can’t tell, the main wood used in the clock is red oak, but there is a lot of zebra wood used as well. Where the face frames meet on the corners is zebrawood that I did split turnings with to make quarter round. Also, there is zebrawood trim throughout with all of the corners including those on the outside where the quarter round meets the faceframes is quarter rounded in zebrawood. The botttom piece of zebrawood is actually a drawer front. This drawer has a locking device that must be undone undernieth the clock before it can be removed. This clock was awarded Best of Show at our woodshow, which is for a highschool in a town of 3000 people. There are three classes that are judged, there is the general woods class, which is the first year students, then the is the cabinet making class for the second year students, and advanced furniture construction which consists of the third and fourth year students, all of the calsses combined make up about 60 students, and each class has its own plaque plus an extra for best of the show as a whole. As said before, this clock won best overall in the show. This is a great honor to win, especially as a junior. I am now attending the same school as a senior and I am doing everything I possibly can to win best of show again this year. There are some details that I tried to take pictures of that I will explain for anyone who can’t figure out what I was trying to show. The glass is actually stage blasted so that the double helix looks like two different winding ribbons. Also I tried to picture some of the quarter round work that was done. The final aspect of this project that i would like to point out is the choice of wood that I used throughout the project. As seen in the pictures, the zebrawood is very unique and one piece even has a birdseye effect in it. The other pieces that were accent pieces were the two peices of oak that were used for the bottom rails in the two front doors. My instructor pulled those two pieces out of the garbag in our shop. They are really dark and almost appear to be walnut, but they are oak. These pieces of wood are almost twice the weight of a normal piece of oak their size, but they are really pretty and really stand out from the rest of the wood. This cabinet was finish sanded three times starting at 80 grit and working to 400 grit which amounted to approx. 16 hours of sanding. The finish on the clock is the same as the nightstand, and gun cabinet which consists of two coats of danish oil, the second one being wet sanded, three coats of bartley gel hand rub varnish, and one coat of paste wax.

-- Troy, Newcastle Wyoming

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#1 posted 10-10-2009 05:29 AM

Wow. You should be very proud of this project. I am just blown away. I hope you continue to build your woodworking skills and continue to share your projects with us. This gives all of us something to strive for.

-- Don't Tread on me

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#2 posted 10-10-2009 06:56 AM

Beautiful project through the years. If I thought the school I would attend would have woodworking classes, I almost wouldn’t mind going back and doing it all over again. ALMOST! The closest I came to wood was the paddles and pencils.

-- You always have tomorrow to stop procrastinating.

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#3 posted 10-10-2009 06:56 AM

Congratulations on your win. Looks like it was well earned.

-- I love the smell of Home Depot in the morning, it smells like.......carpentry. Bake, Bar Lazy U Woodworks, Lehi,UT.

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#5 posted 10-10-2009 01:01 PM

Beautiful clock! Great job! Very nicely done. I taught shop many years ago before working for prison industries. It is nice to see that there is a great woodworking program still being offered at Newcastle. A lot of schools have dropped their shop programs or scaled them way back. Thank you for posting your projects. You are a very talented young man. Congratulations on your win!

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 11-10-2009 06:27 AM

That’s a beautiful ever thought about attending the North Bennet Street School and sudy woodworking ? You look like you could be on your way into an exciting career in woodworking.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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