Greene and Green inspired Mantle Clock

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Project by Brodan posted 03-21-2021 05:26 PM 827 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After looking at many examples of Greene and Greene mantle clocks, and looking at several of Stickley’s clock plans in craftsman ebooks, I came up with this design.
The wood was a oak plank salvaged from the subfloor of a 1950s era home my wife and I remodeled.

Assembled using dowel. Using other’s ideas on pillowing the square plugs (hand drill, 120, 240 and 600 sand paper, cushioned with kitchen scrubby) installed square plugs.

Fumed with household ammonia for 48 hours. I suppose reading Stickley inspired me to try. I like how uniform the color was.

Sanded to 400 then multiple coats of amber shellac (purchased) with 00 steel wool between coats. Wiped on mahogany gel stain to make it a bit more “brown”

Used 1/8 oak ply for the clock face and back panel. Clock face wood burned, 3/32 plastic installed.

Shortly after the start of the pandemic, we went to Watauga Lake Winery with some friends. This pic was inspiration for the lower panel graphic.

Used Lunapic (free software) and converted it to a wire frame

Lower panel construction. Wood scrap painted white. Roughly using the wire frame as a template, used watercolor pencils and black sharpie for the image. Thinned amber shellac to tone down (aged look?) followed by a couple coats of spray on polycrilic.

Thanks for looking.

-- Dan, TN

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#1 posted 03-21-2021 05:45 PM

This is really cool. Question. You apply shellac and then wipe on/off gel stain in that order?

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#2 posted 03-21-2021 05:53 PM

Very nice! I love the Greene and Green/ Stickley inspired craftsman type projects. Wonderful work!

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#3 posted 03-21-2021 06:45 PM

Great write up and project.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#4 posted 03-21-2021 07:22 PM

Really wonderful.

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#5 posted 03-21-2021 07:57 PM

Beautiful clock and really cool technique for the graphic, I thought it was stain glass at first look.

-- What I do in and out of the shop at

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#6 posted 03-21-2021 08:02 PM

FraserValley, yes , first shellac and then applied the gel stain and wiped off. By using the gel stain as a “glaze” I was able to get the more reddish brown color that i was looking for without the wood soaking up he stain. I may not have mentioned it but I followed the gel stain with 2 more coats diluted shellac and then paste wax.

-- Dan, TN

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#7 posted 03-21-2021 08:32 PM

Wow, how nice is that!
Not totally clear on how you did that, but you did a good job of it.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#8 posted 03-21-2021 10:02 PM

Wonderful looking clock, and my first thought was stained glass also. Great job on the project and a good wright up on the process. The fact you used salvaged wood is another plus.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#9 posted 03-21-2021 10:07 PM

Well done Sir!

I’m truly impressed with that panel work, The scene you chose is perfect for that style!

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#10 posted 03-22-2021 12:56 AM

I like the clock design and really like what you did with the photo, converted to painting. Nicely done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#11 posted 03-22-2021 06:42 AM

Nice build. Like that panel.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#12 posted 03-22-2021 09:51 AM

Thanks everyone. I appreciate all of your comments.

-- Dan, TN

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#13 posted 03-22-2021 02:43 PM

That is a really neat clock. Great job!

-- Tom

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