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Walnut Mantle Clock

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Project by cross_wings_wood posted 12-21-2019 02:23 PM 669 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this Mantle Clock as a Christmas gift for my Mom. She doesn’t hang out on LumberJocks so I’m assuming it’s ok to post this now.

Not unlike a few other projects, I used walnut (scraps mostly) harvested from a friend’s ranch couple years ago. Have been using Sketchup fairly often now, which gives me some time to consider how well (or poorly) all the pieces will go together. This project wasn’t terribly complex but it did help to sketch it out and plan the build in advance. Didn’t stray much from my original design.

This was also my first significant lathing project. Making multiple columns that match was a new challenge.

Bought the clock mechanism online but it was super easy to mount inside the “donut” shaped hub. Thought for a while how to cut the opening in the back for the time adjustment knob and battery cover. Finally decided to use my new CNC router to cut the opening … worked great.

I used screws (no glue) for final assembly so it should come apart fairly easily if something breaks in the future. Finished with several coats of tung oil and urethane. Looking forward to another clock project soon!

-- Richard, Austin TX - "Every repair job is really just an upgrade oppty in disguise!"





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torus

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#1 posted 12-21-2019 03:33 PM

Very impressive and luscious looking clock!

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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leafherder

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#2 posted 12-21-2019 05:04 PM

Great job, I really like your column designs – very classy withour being overly ornate.

Thanks for posting.

Marry Christmas and Happy New Year!

-- Leafherder

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#3 posted 12-21-2019 06:59 PM

very nice clock and beautiful lumber

-- 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 12-22-2019 04:42 AM

Beautiful looking clock. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#5 posted 12-24-2019 07:30 PM

THING ….... that will live centuries.
I found an old wall clock in a landfill, I repaired it and they continue to live for 23 years …...

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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#6 posted 12-24-2019 09:29 PM

Now that, is a clock. Beautiful wood, and design. I got my education turning spindles to match when I made a spinning wheel. I hope you caught on quicker than I did haha. I have one question. I’ve looked at it many times since you posted, don’t want to look like a fool, but in picture number two there is a piece of wood laying on the clock base that looks like a glue-up of Walnut and a lighter wood. I can’t see where it was used, but what a pretty piece. If it’s in there, just consider me foolish (like my wife does) and disregard. Thanks for sharing this beautiful piece.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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cross_wings_wood

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#7 posted 12-25-2019 12:51 AM


Now that, is a clock. Beautiful wood, and design. I got my education turning spindles to match when I made a spinning wheel. I hope you caught on quicker than I did haha. I have one question. I ve looked at it many times since you posted, don t want to look like a fool, but in picture number two there is a piece of wood laying on the clock base that looks like a glue-up of Walnut and a lighter wood. I can t see where it was used, but what a pretty piece. If it s in there, just consider me foolish (like my wife does) and disregard. Thanks for sharing this beautiful piece.

- farmerdude

Nope, you are correct. I didn’t notice that in the picture till you said something. It’s actually a glue-up of walnut and thin strips of ash that I made for another project. It’s in my scrap bin now and at one time I tried to find a home for it on this clock, but never did. Hopefully it’ll show up someday in another project, neatly integrated into the design.

-- Richard, Austin TX - "Every repair job is really just an upgrade oppty in disguise!"

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#8 posted 12-25-2019 01:21 AM

I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for it in the future, thanks for the reply.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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