Purpleheart mantel clock

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Project by OG51 posted 02-06-2018 11:39 PM 1201 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my pride and joy. Solid purpleheart mantel clock in a steampunk design. It is heavy for its size. The face is intentionally open to show the brass mechanical movement and to see the chimes and hammer moving if you look from the sides if you want. Hand turned spindles for the front columns. I eyeballed the geometry and you can tell if you look at it for more than a second. So, please only quick glances.

After my grandfather’s lack of audible strength I designed this one to really project the beautiful tones. Everyone complains about how loud it is until they get used to it. lol. I don’t hear it anymore because I’ve gotten used to it and I’m half deaf.

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#1 posted 02-07-2018 02:24 AM

Wow!!! Incredible looking piece.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#2 posted 02-07-2018 10:38 PM

Wow! This is a beautiful clock and the wood is wonderful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 02-08-2018 12:47 AM

Great construction. It will become an heirloom.
You might want to consider putting some sort of fabric cover on the sides to help keep dust out of the movement. Maybe some “speaker” cloth they use on audio speakers. If dust/dirt gets into the works is accelerates the wear on the pivots and will shorten the life of the mechanism.

I also just looked at your grandfather clock. That was quite a project for the first time clock cabinet making experience. If you are really unhappy with the work I would consider rebuilding the cabinet. I have done that a couple of times myself. It is likely to be around a long time.

Also remember these mechanisms need service every 3 to 5 years. That is cleaning and oiling with clock oil, not 3-1 machine oil. I have clocks I made 40 years ago and they show no visible wear doing this.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 02-08-2018 12:59 AM

Thank you for the kind comments.

LesB, thanks for the sage advice. I do plan to redo the grandfather cabinet at some point. It should never have been my first clock project. I’ve learned a lot since that build and may redo several parts of it. The most important part is the mechanism shelf and chime placement. I would also love to redo the stained glass portion. Maybe after I finish the house remodel I am in the middle of right now.

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#5 posted 02-24-2018 10:55 AM

It’s realy hard to decide which of your projects look better than other.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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