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Project by Froggy posted 06-12-2011 12:39 AM 2206 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This clock was made as a gift for an old friend whom I now only see once in a couple of years. I decided to do everything from scratch, without using any of the readily available plans. I don’t know jack about clocks, so, after looking at a bunch of photos from the Internet, the end result was a more or less reasonable compromise between what I wanted and what I was capable of doing… :)

The case is made of red cedar with a dewaxed shellac finish (Zinsser SealCoat – I love this stuff!). Power tools were only used to rout the edge profiles and flutes, and for sanding. Everything else was done with a couple of handplanes (#3 smoother and a block plane), shooting board, chisels and Japanese saws. The clock face is from Lee Valley (bought several of them last year at a clearance sale for $2 each), and the quartz movement is from KlockIt. I thought about using glass in the door, but opted for Lexan instead (easier to handle). It’s mounted with retaining strips, so it can easily be replaced if needed.

Everything else should be pretty self-explanatory… :) My apologies for the picture quality – the only camera I had available was the one in my Blackberry. Thanks for looking!

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#1 posted 06-12-2011 01:38 AM

Great job, especially for your first clock. I’m sure your friend will be blown away!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#2 posted 06-12-2011 01:48 AM

Lovely clock! I love the classic designs like this. Nice job.

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#3 posted 06-12-2011 02:13 AM

Thanks, guys!

Mathew—technically, it’s not my first clock… I did a mantle clock before (I posted it here on LJ), but that was a plan from a magazine, and easier to do. This one was a challenge mainly because I was trying to come up with something of my own design, made from scratch. I was afraid I’d end up with something ugly as hell, but it turned out reasonably well. :) Sure, I made some boo-boo’s (tried to hide them as much as I could) and learned a few lessons in the process, but that’s a good thing, for future projects…

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#4 posted 06-12-2011 03:32 AM

Wonderful design : )
What did you stain or dye it with ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 06-12-2011 04:12 AM

Dusty, there is absolutely no stains or dyes here… I was surprised how dark the cedar gets after an initial coat of an amber shellac. At first, I was a bit disappointed with the result, thinking that the original wood colour was better, but then I actually liked it. :) There is a total of six coats here.

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#6 posted 06-12-2011 04:34 AM

Wow , I’m amazed AND impressed ,that there is no stain involved. The color is fantastic : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 06-12-2011 02:45 PM

nice job ! and the picture quality is pretty good too

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#8 posted 06-12-2011 06:19 PM

Very nice job!! the finish look great, nice color.
Thanks for posting your photos. I’ve been thinking about doing a clock.
the photo look good.

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#9 posted 09-23-2011 12:45 PM

Very nice. Tell me about the latch and where you bought it.

-- Bob, Ohio,

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#10 posted 10-10-2011 12:06 AM

I am just back from a long vacation… BTW, this clock was very well received, and now has a permanent home. :)

Robert—as far as I recall, I got this latch at my local store’s “odds and ends” bin, but it’s a common hardware, available pretty much everywhere:,41399,41405

I filed it a little bit (the piece that’s on the door—sorry, it’s not on the photo) just because mounting was tricky due to the frame size.

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