Another wall clock from a picture

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Project by Jess Littlefield posted 03-15-2016 02:14 PM 1109 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The top piece with all the carvings is ash wood. Not the best wood for carving but is tops in all other wood makings. Second picture shows the picture I saved off a google search. I used Rapid Resizer which I down loaded from ??? and then I printed it out to be 29” long. I always print out at least two pictures, one to use as my pattern and the other to attach to the ash board I glued up for the clock. I attach a backer board to the ash then cut the outside shape with a scroll saw. I then take the backer board off and change to a very small .028 metal cutting blade and cut out all the pieces of carving. Now I have a place for all the carving pieces to lay back on the backer board after I ground out the carving pieces. When I am finally finished doing the carving and cutting out for the movement and pendulum I then can finish the pieces and the body of the clock separate before gluing everything together. I had bought some printers ink from a garage sale not long ago so I mixed up seven different shades and colors of purple which is what is on the clock. All the color has been sprayed on with an air brush. Then several sprayed on coats of lacquer. Some areas I was going to go back and make a little darker but I forgot to mark which color went where so I only did the one coat thing on all surfaces. I followed the looks of the picture except I changed the looks of the molding around the pendulum and I also added a molding around the dial . Those moldings are 3’8” tall and was very hard to run a router bit around on such a short surface… This clock was made way back yonder for one molding piece on one side does not match exactly the piece on the other side. Cutting the pieces smaller and doing the carving while holding them in my hands was much easier than leaving the carvings all attached and having to do the carving leaning over a table while working a a piece of wood 29” X 11”. The gaps are very small from a small scroll saw blade so after it is glued back together it still looks like one piece of wood.. This picture came from the antique wall clock section on google search so probably the original designer an builder of this clock is long gone so maybe he would be proud someone thought enough of his design to keep it is circulation. This design is really a good starter for anyone wishing to get into carving… as was the last three clocks I posted here.


-- Jess Littlefield

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#1 posted 03-15-2016 03:36 PM

Looks good

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#2 posted 03-15-2016 10:07 PM

Neat wall clock.

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