Curly Maple Arts & Crafts Clock

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Project by Picken5 posted 11-22-2019 05:57 PM 624 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This clock took a couple of years to complete — and its not an original design. The plan came from Wood magazine. I started this project right after I came home after having some surgery about 2 years ago. I was limited in my motion during this time and was told I wasn’t allowed to carry anything that weighed more than 10 pounds during the 3 month healing period. I already had the materials and everything was fairly small, so I thought this would be a good (and safe) project to pass the time while I healed. Besides, it looked like a fun project. But things went south near the final stages of assembly. I glued the top on, clamped it up and left it to dry. When I checked it a few hours later, I realized that something must have slipped in my clamps because the top wasn’t properly centered. It was nearly 1/4” too far to one side. I was so frustrated with it, I just put on a shelf in my shop and ignored it — for 2 years. Well, I finally got tired of looking at it a month or so ago, fixed the problem, put a finish on it and installed the clock face and movement.

It’s almost entirely made from curly maple (which I’m very fond of) with ebony decorative inserts and a birch plywood back. My only significant regret is that I didn’t have any curly maple thick enough to make the sides so I laminated 2 thinner boards together for them. Not a perfect grain match, but it’s not bad IMO. It’s finished with rattle-can satin spray lacquer.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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#1 posted 11-22-2019 06:13 PM

I like that.
The ebony really pops!

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#2 posted 11-22-2019 06:43 PM

Really nice piece :) I’ve been looking for plans I can modify for my own mantle clock. I have a chunk of Claro walnut I’ve been eyeing for it.

Well done!

-- Cindy in Seattle,

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#3 posted 11-22-2019 07:03 PM

That is striking !

(pun intended) but still a very attractive cabinent

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 11-22-2019 09:58 PM

Glad you were able to recover from the post surgical mis-glueup, and get it done. Finishing is winning, and this clock is a winner. Love that Curly Maple.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 11-23-2019 04:01 AM

That’s really eye catching!

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#6 posted 11-23-2019 10:17 AM

Beautiful clock, that wood is amazing..well done.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#7 posted 11-25-2019 01:30 AM

I love clocks and this maple is stunning!! Real nice job. Perseverance is a rewarding practice, isn’t it?

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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