Two Wall Clocks

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Project by splintergroup posted 11-16-2021 07:56 PM 962 views 0 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Nothing exceptional here, just filling in!

Decided to make some more clocks to fill the inventory, frames were shaped with router templates.

Each clock has a 7-1/2” square dial face.
First clock has a walnut frame and quilted maple dial. Finished with oil and wax.

Second unit has a cherry frame and birds-eye zebrawood dial, amber shellac.

The hour markers are various shaped walnut pyramid head plugs I made with different dimensions. I chose a large square for “12”, rectangles for 3-6-9, and small squares for the in between.

The second clock ended up being a but dark, wish I had used some lighter colored wood for the hour marks.

One problem I still have to figure out is getting the clock to sit flush to the wall without looking too thick.

The clock motors are 5/8” thick, faces are 1/4” and the hands extend another 3/4”.
In order to keep the hands somewhat protected, I choose to have them run fairly flush with the face of the frame.
Still, this means that to allow the frame to sit flat against a wall, the frame would need to be about 1-1/4” thick, too “chunky” for small clocks like these.

For the walnut frame, I stacked the pieces such that the top rail was proud of the side rails, which were proud of the lower rail, each by 1/8” This further complicates getting enough depth. I ended up with a 7/8” thick top rail and used a 1/8” thinner clock motor (triple the regular price!).

With the cherry frame I kept both top and bottom forward which helped a little 8^)

They still have about 3/8” of clock motor sticking out back, but close enough so they don;t look too bad.

Simple lap joints keep it all together.

Thanks for dropping in!

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#1 posted 11-16-2021 08:43 PM

sweet looking clocks,love first i thought they were table top clocks being the size they were.i agree if their meant to wall hang thinner would look better.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 11-16-2021 08:53 PM

Thanks Pottzy 8^)

Part of my OCD would be figuring out a way to keep a table top clock this size from tipping over (my original thought for these faces was to use them for tables).

I even experimented filling chambers in some bases with lead….

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#3 posted 11-16-2021 08:56 PM

Those are great looking clocks!

-- "Wine gets better with age. Cheese gets better with age. It's not your fault that you're not wine or cheese."

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#4 posted 11-16-2021 08:59 PM

Thanks Van, love to use up small scraps and people seem to like clocks 8^)

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#5 posted 11-16-2021 09:01 PM

Good looking clocks, Splint!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 11-16-2021 09:58 PM


So nice, great ideas, WELL DONE!!

That’s wood man…

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

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#7 posted 11-16-2021 09:58 PM


-- there's someone in my head but it's not me...

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#8 posted 11-16-2021 10:03 PM

That maple is to vie for! Must be amazing up close in the right light. Havent seen birdseye zebrawood before, also very sweet.

Next project for my shop students will be clocks, art-deco mantle clocks. The clock motors arent as nice as the ones you have used here, but they will do.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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#9 posted 11-16-2021 10:03 PM

very beautiful clocks and wood GREAT JOB :<)))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#10 posted 11-16-2021 10:07 PM

Beautiful clocks. That maple is especially beautiful. And of course your workmanship is stellar.

-- Dan, TN

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#11 posted 11-16-2021 10:15 PM

WOW…Excellent clocks, Bruce!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#12 posted 11-16-2021 10:25 PM

Thanks for the nice comments everyone! 8^)

I usually use the cheap “Quartex” movements, about $5 each with hands when you buy a small quantity. They work well and are accurate, only a few have failed over the years.
The ones I used for these clocks were Seiko’s, but at $15/each they are reaching my limits, though they also seem well built.

I’m always amazed by how analog things (real clock movements) can vary so widely in quality and price, whereas most anything electronic is the same basic mechanism/parts and price is not really an indicator of quality.

Just don’t ever let me use an electronic movement with the gawd awful chimes coming from a speaker 8^P

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#13 posted 11-16-2021 10:28 PM

Beautiful clocks. That maple is especially beautiful. And of course your workmanship is stellar.

- Brodan

Thanks Dan! I really want to spend time trying to make curly/figured maple “pop”, but usually I’m in too much of a rush to finish things so oil it is. Dyes show promise, but really more of an art than process. Someday!

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#14 posted 11-17-2021 12:32 AM

Both are truly beautiful.

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#15 posted 11-17-2021 01:39 AM

Nice looking clocks. Two very nicely figured boards.

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