Arts & Crafts / Mission Mantel Clock With Tile

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Project by James E McIntyre posted 03-05-2018 11:24 PM 2363 views 16 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was searching online for inspiration and I found a beauitful clock by a lumber jock, dakotawood. I was inspired by his design, used some of it and added my own style to it.

It’s my second clock and its made from quarter sawn white oak.

The clock is 21 1/4” high x 5 5/8” deep. The base is 12 3/8” wide. The top is 17 3/4” wide x 7” deep.

I was going to use one of the art tiles that most clock builders use. It was very expensive. I found an online company that makes tiles from photos I uploaded photos of 4 of my paintings and ordered the 6”x6” size.

I choose a painting I did of a girl in front of a William Morris tapestry. Since Morris is from the Arts & Crafts movement I though this one would be appropriate.

The panels on the back of the clock have rare earth magnets to hold them in place and allow access to the battery and the tile which is removeable in case it gets damaged.

The frames around the clock face and tile are made from African Mahogany.

Cutting the glass for the for the clock face is always a challenge since I don’t do it enough to be good at it.
A smooth cut, and only one score will get the job done.

Thanks for the opportunity to share my project with you.

This is part of my drawing of the front of the clock. It’s drawn To full scale. I prefer creating my own designs and doing my own drawings

Shaping corbels at the router w/the pattern taped to the corbel.

Shaping the pattern for the corbels after rough cutting on the band saw.

Pieces of the clock spread out over the drawing.

Cutting the approx. 12 degree bevel on the top w/a sliding jig I made. This jig can also make arts and crafts style beveled QSWO frames, one frame is one of my projects on this site.

Cutting the finished size of the clock face after spraying it with contact adhesive to 3/32” plywood.

The glue up.

Shaping the ebony plugs and front bottom tenons. I start the plugs by sanding off a small part of the corners at an approx. 20 degree angle at the disc sander. Then I put the blanks into a drill over padded sandpaper.

Spraying on the fourth coat of lacquer.

Where the clock sits on a shelf in the laundry room.

This is my original oil painting the tile was made from. It’s 30” x24”.

-- James E McIntyre

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#1 posted 03-05-2018 11:26 PM

Love this style and well done too!!!
And thanks for the how to really help this project come to life.

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#2 posted 03-05-2018 11:28 PM

That is a very nice piece…..GREAT job !!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#3 posted 03-06-2018 12:04 AM

Excellent piece. It’s a shame to put it in the laundry room, but it is in good company.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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James E McIntyre

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#4 posted 03-06-2018 12:11 AM

Thanks for the nice comments guys. Jim Young, funny you mentioned that. You may have a point. My wife said I’m turning the laundry room into a museum.

-- James E McIntyre

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#5 posted 03-06-2018 01:14 AM

James, this is another outstanding addition to your laundry room. I especially like your corbels.

More importantly, however, I didn’t know that you are, also, an accomplished artist; your painting is better than many/most I have seen in galleries. Thank you for sharing.

-- Art

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

James – sorry I can not find the words for a proper response.
I am in awe – simply in awe !!!

the picture really sets off the whole project. I really thought the painting was a photograph !!!
well done, sir, well done indeed.

-- I am a painter. That's what I do. I paint things --

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#7 posted 03-06-2018 03:18 AM

Beautiful work! Thank you for sharing!!

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#8 posted 03-06-2018 06:18 AM

Great representation or the Arts & Crafts/Mission movements. I like the oversized top. It looks like a wing. It adds a lightness to the piece.
It gives new meaning to the saying. How time flies.

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#9 posted 03-06-2018 11:26 AM

Beautifully executed … Thank you for sharing !!!

-- Pat / Colorado

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#10 posted 03-06-2018 11:56 AM

Great looking clock. Of course I’m rather partial to A&C design. Gotta give you bonus points for the hand drawn, actual size, drawings.

I’m curious where you found the clock face.

All in all well done!!

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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James E McIntyre

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#11 posted 03-06-2018 03:56 PM

Earl, thanks for the positive input. I bought the clock face from

-- James E McIntyre

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#12 posted 03-06-2018 04:09 PM

You’ll need to charge admission to your laundry room now 8^)

Very nice work, the use of the magnets really simplifies access and inclusion of your art work really personalizes it.

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#13 posted 03-06-2018 06:29 PM

Very nice looking clock.

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

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#14 posted 03-06-2018 08:08 PM

I can’t tell you how much I admire that casework, and it’s design. Truly inspired work. I have to say the picture has no “touchy feely” for me, so I see it as a distraction. If however it has meaning to you, that is all that matters. Saying that I haven’t a clue what I would have put there in it’s place. I’m thinking it would have been the perfect place for glass and a clock works, but with Mission style I’m not sure if that would be appropriate.

Anyhow awesome case, beautifully proportioned, and executed.

Thanks for the link to I put that in my favs under my clock parts folder. Funny that, looking at the address the place is not 20 minutes from me.

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#15 posted 03-06-2018 08:40 PM

Wonderful art James, in building the clock and the amazing painting you are a true renaissance man.

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