Grandfather clock

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Project by OG51 posted 02-06-2018 02:56 AM 1369 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My very first clock project from a few years ago. It came out looking pretty good but…a grandfather clock should never ever be your first clock project. It sounds horrible in that its as quite as a mouse. I like my clocks loud to annoy the kids. I miscalculated the dimensions of the clock mechanism to the clock carcass. I did learn a ton about clock case designs from it. Its my own design so all the faults are all mine.

Its black walnut with purple heart accents and stained glass windows. I used traditional lead came and Tiffany style stained glass windows.

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#1 posted 02-06-2018 03:03 AM

Wow…looks great! DO you happen to have any more pictures? Great Job!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#2 posted 02-06-2018 03:24 AM

Thanks. I added another angle. I have more pics but they are all the same as these two. I wasn’t real creative with the pictures. I am in the middle of a remodel and its behind some boxes but I may take some more pictures when I move the boxes. Since that build, I’ve made 4 more clocks (2 mantel, 1 wall clock and a mini angel themed clock). Clock building is addictive.

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#3 posted 02-06-2018 03:36 AM

Wow – great job! What type of finish did you use? The walnut and the purple heart look beautiful.

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#4 posted 02-06-2018 03:44 AM

Thanks. Hand rubbed semi-gloss oil base poly.

Walnut and purple heart is one of my favorite combinations right after walnut and maple.

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#5 posted 02-06-2018 04:15 AM


Now the down side—- hard to top that one.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#6 posted 02-06-2018 05:10 AM

Looks terrific. Be as silent as the clock and enjoy the awe of others. The most critical eye always belongs to the maker.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#7 posted 02-06-2018 08:08 AM

Hickory Dickory Dock, Two mice ran up the clock. The clock struck one, the other had minor injuries!
Couldn’t help myself, a grandfather clock always does that to me!

Your grandfather clock is an exceptional piece of craftsmanship!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#8 posted 02-06-2018 11:40 AM

Very beautiful piece of heirloom, thanks for sharing, keep on the good work you are showing a lot of talent. bravo.

-- andrek

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#9 posted 02-06-2018 01:46 PM

This Grandfathers clock is beautiful and so nicely done and it shows a lot of wonderful details and fine craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#10 posted 02-06-2018 05:48 PM

thats pretty damn good for your first clock,id say it was a huge success in spite of the sound it makes.i kinda like grandfather clocks that are more of whisper than a yell!=lol.beautiful craftsmanship.also love your stool.welcome to lumber jocks.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#11 posted 02-10-2018 12:34 AM

Your first clock, huh? Holy smokes she’s a beauty!

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

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