Tall Case Clock with Painted Moon Dial

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Project by Elm55 posted 06-04-2017 03:35 PM 2211 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Tall case clock

Cherry primary wood. Tung oil and shellac. Plans and week long class at Woodworking Workshops of the Shenandoah Valley. Clock works from Mike Siemsen, Green Lake Clock Co..

The hood was quite a challenge with so many pieces fitting together. After the woodworking was completed, I dusted off my box of paintbrushes that I hadn’t touched for twenty years to paint the dial…laborious but worth the effort.

Fluted quarter columns
Ogee bracket feet
Tombstone hood door
Hand carved gooseneck moulding
Hand painted clock face spandrels and moon dial (with help from my daughter)

More details on the gooseneck moulding and clock

There are three tombstoned shaped layers in front of the clock face to add depth (the door, the mask and another mask with gold leaf trim)

The moon phase dial moons were painted by my daughter

I painted the two landscape scenes, based on paintings from circa 1800, one of St. Andrews golf course and the other of Pittsburgh:

Most of the mouldings were fashioned with hand planes. The large cove mouldings were made with a table saw.

The base is constructed as a U shape attached with dovetails (hidden) along the bottom edges. The front panel is a veneered board.

Below is how the clock dial arrived after purchase.

The waist interior showing multiple glue blocks. When making a piece with quarter columns, the front of the waist is attached to the sides with glue blocks only.

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#1 posted 06-04-2017 04:03 PM

Totally awesome. Certain to become a family heirloom.

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#2 posted 06-04-2017 04:21 PM

It’s an outstanding clock with lots of fine details and craftsmanship and so beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 06-04-2017 05:10 PM

Very nice job.

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#4 posted 06-04-2017 07:38 PM

Amazing. Let us know where the clockworks came from please. THANKS for posting!

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#5 posted 06-05-2017 03:15 AM

Clockworks info:

The two places I know are Green Lake Clock Company (Mike Siemsen), which is who I used, and David Lindow. Green Lake is about 1/2 the cost of Lindow, although I do not know enough about Lindow to make a fair comparison in terms of quality. I am certainly pleased with the clock works. I did have to wait several months for it to be delivered. The clock was packed very well.

One caveat. If you are considering making the clock, you need to have the clock and dial or at least have a template so that the door and mask behind the door cover the dial properly. There is also the matter of the distance that the clock works will sit back relative to the door and mask. Green Lake has some info on this.

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#6 posted 06-05-2017 02:40 PM


What an incredible project. Very nicely done!

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#7 posted 06-05-2017 04:09 PM

Built the old fashioned way, lots of hand work and real skills.


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#8 posted 06-06-2017 09:41 PM

Man that is a beautiful clock! I really like the look of it—especially the hand-painted pieces!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#9 posted 06-06-2017 09:58 PM

Wow. This is beautiful work.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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