Arts & Crafts Mantel Clock

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Project by Stevedore posted 12-25-2021 09:46 PM 1069 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an Arts & Crafts style clock that I’ve had floating around in my head for a couple of years, & finally got around to making. With the exception of the removable plywood back (for battery changes), the wood is recycled from an old piano that I scrapped several years ago. I did the basic clock dial layout using a very helpful website,, with a free downloadable A&C font I found online. I completed the dial in Photoshop, adding the parchment-look background & the “foursquare” motifs in the corners. The finish is one of Jeff Jewitt’s recipes using Transtint dye, with General Finishes’ Seal-a-Cell, Gel Stain, & Arm-R-Seal.

-- Steve, in Morris County, NJ

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#1 posted 12-25-2021 09:56 PM

What a great clock! I’m envious of your ability!

-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"

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#2 posted 12-25-2021 10:06 PM

Nice work on the circus great work on the face

-- 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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#3 posted 12-25-2021 10:41 PM

Wonderful A&C clock, looks great. That site blocklayer site is a great site, I have used it a number of times.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#4 posted 12-25-2021 11:44 PM

Lovely clock.

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#5 posted 12-26-2021 12:35 AM

Great looking clock. Nice work.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 12-26-2021 03:13 AM

Awesome work. Even has a fine place to set now. Great job!

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#7 posted 12-26-2021 03:56 AM

Really nice looking clock.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#8 posted 12-26-2021 12:25 PM

Nice design and execution.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#9 posted 12-26-2021 04:54 PM

Truly beautiful.

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#10 posted 12-27-2021 04:42 PM

Thanks so much for all of your kind words!

I was, of course, pleased to see the “Daily Top 3” label, but I’m not completely sure what it signifies. When I look at the Daily Top 3 category, I see more than 3 on any given day. What am I missing or misunderstanding?

-- Steve, in Morris County, NJ

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#11 posted 12-27-2021 08:42 PM


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#12 posted 12-27-2021 08:49 PM

The DT3 is not really at all related to your project, just an algorithm (computer decision) that weighs the number of “views” and comments on your project. It does however signify that you have a lot of people looking and commenting! 8^)

Consider my favorite DT3 winner NinjaAssissan Beautiful work and design! 8^)

Of course LJ members who post a lot of stuff will get more interest because we all like to see a familiar name and check in on what they are up to!

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#13 posted 12-27-2021 09:06 PM

Thanks, splintergroup!

-- Steve, in Morris County, NJ

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#14 posted 12-27-2021 11:50 PM

I alway like the mantle clocks posted here…instantly makes me want to make one…yours is another example of just that!

-- Ryan/// I like chips...and sawdust...but mostly chips...with vinegar

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