Mantel Clocks: Making time while doing time in Lockdown 2020

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Project by Luddite posted 05-31-2020 10:23 PM 470 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

31 May 2020

Well this has been a trying period for us all. I hope you all are safe and doing well.

This post is about one of the wood projects I’ve done to pass the “time”. Re-stacking the wood and cleaning up my mess of a shop I discovered bits and pieces of QSWO and Walnut that were bound for the burn box come fall.

Decided to make a couple of mantel clocks. The first being the white oak piece. It turned out I used nearly every inch and then had to incorporate some red oak to the inner pieces of the box.

I came up with an idea for a simple small piece. I’ve found getting the clock dial first is a great idea to build on.
I explored Schlabaugh and Sons clock website and found a nice collection of Arts and Crafts dials. The design is a simple box with open face frames attached fore and back with a broad top piece.he

The front faceframe back acts as a base for the dial and time movement. The rear of the case is left open for access to the rear of the clock.

I added little breadboard pieces to the ends of the top and then decided to do a 15 degree bevel all around.
The piece was completed with mesquite screw plugs, finished with Watco natural oil and several coats of Waterlox varnish. Dial from Schlabaugh and Sons, movement from Klockit.

The second mantel clock was made from walnut scraps and cut offs. I followed a similar style but changed it up to be low and wide appearing with deep bevels on three sides.

Construction was the same as for the oak piece. Through tenon face frames attached to a center box. A 1/4 plywood piece attached behind the front face frame to hold the dial face. The top has small breadboard ends and a 10 degree bevel on three sides. Touches of turquoise chips added to the dark walnut. Finished with Watco natural oil and Waterlox varnish.

Stay safe, stay strong.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 05-31-2020 10:27 PM

Wow, very unique, Terry. Nice work on it

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 06-01-2020 11:51 AM

Very cool clock, the Walnut is wonderful! QSWO is the period-correct wood but it’s nice to get something fresh in the Prairie Style pieces- and the figure in the Walnut is outstanding!

Also, the frame and mantle go perfectly with the Walnut clock. Great job

-- Zach

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#3 posted 06-01-2020 04:03 PM

Very pretty clocks! These are on my bucket list! Thanks for sharing

-- Pete

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