E.N Welch wall clock

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Project by woodyjim posted 11-08-2009 08:06 PM 3703 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Exact repro of E.N. Welch wall clock. Uses solid walnut with bird’s eye maple trim. Authentic antique works. I even made the mercury-style pendulum and weight! 8-day weight driven. Worked from only a 5” line drawing in an old Welch catalog I have. All dimensions derived from there. Face was designed and printed using MS Word WordArt on glossy card stock to simulate old porcelain dial. Yes, it does to a whole lot more than just typing letters!!!!! Lots of shaper and spindle turning work on this one. Two glass panels on the sides to see the pend & movement.

Tools used: table saw, miter saw, band saw, scroll saw, thickness sander, finish sander, thickness planer, router, jointer, shaper, 1/2” & 1” belt sander, oscillating spindle sander, hand chisels, low-profile block plane, glass cutter, metal lathe, wood lather, metal milling machine, blood, sweat, & tears…..and a little gray matter, too!

Finish: Mohawk stains and tinting sprays, shellac. (No Minwax found in this shop!)

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#1 posted 11-08-2009 08:19 PM

Lovely clock indeed.

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#2 posted 11-08-2009 09:21 PM

Great job of making a very ornate clock case. Especially working from a small line drawing.

I have made a number of clock reproductions myself but nothing that ornate. Besides my wife doesn’t want to dust and clean all those dust catching parts (-; I usually use reproduction movements because it is hard to find antique movements in good condition and clock smiths charge way too much to rebuild worn movements.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 11-08-2009 09:53 PM


-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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#4 posted 11-09-2009 12:58 AM

Great job. To do this with only a small picture for a plan you must be a very talented woodworker.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#5 posted 11-09-2009 02:56 AM

Excellent work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 11-09-2009 03:32 AM

Mighty fine!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#7 posted 11-09-2009 07:44 AM

Welcome to LJ’s Glad to see you joined in Jim.

Another fantastic clock. Thanks for posting.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#8 posted 11-09-2009 04:24 PM

Simply amazing…

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#9 posted 11-09-2009 05:43 PM

Man, I’m salivating.

I love tall clocks and big wall clocks.

This one, with the movement you used is very impressive.



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#10 posted 11-09-2009 09:49 PM

That is a beautiful clock!! Welcome to LJ.

-- -- Remember, a chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of a woodturner.

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#11 posted 11-10-2009 08:21 PM

Awesome time piece, I love it..

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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