M9 - Anniversary Clock

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Project by Charles Maxwell posted 11-06-2011 11:05 PM 8189 views 21 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed and built this clock for a Navy friend who thought it might be a nice anniversary gift for his wife of 20 years. Chuck (my navy friend) and I were assigned to DESRON 17 and deployed to the Middle East and Somalia in 1992-3 (Blackhawk Down days!). I couldn’t resist the challenge and needed a reason to create a new, smaller clock. I started this project in July and finished it yesterday! I used several exotic hardwoods including: Gabon ebony, brown ebony, quartersawn walnut, figured birch, wenge, and palm nuts (the hour markers)! The topping contains a Swarovski crystal with an etched rose. It runs by electromechanical impulse to the pendulum instead of weights. It’s finished with 2 hand-rubbed coats of Minwax Tung Oil and wax. It keeps perfect time and never needs attention! Youtube video here:
More pics at my Picasa site here:

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#1 posted 11-06-2011 11:09 PM

what a great work

always glad to see your posts

and thanks again
for your service

have a great veterans day !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 11-06-2011 11:47 PM


-- Anton, Kyiv/Ukraine

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#3 posted 11-06-2011 11:49 PM

Max, nice to see a new project…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 11-07-2011 01:31 AM

Max-Another masterpiece!!

I love the woodworking coupled with the new impulse design.

Great job.

Mike W.

-- Mike Finger Lakes, NY You alone determine the attitude you bring to each new day.

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#5 posted 11-07-2011 02:04 AM

Wow, I know that is redundant to the statements above but, every time I look at one of you clocks, that’s what comes out of my mouth. It is nice to see you putting another one up for us to look at. I looked through your projects before
I became a member of lumberjocks, and your work was one of many who drew me to join. I am happy to see you are still making clocks. Way beyond my skill level, but very intriguing.
Now I am going to go back and look at them all again.

-- Mel,

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#6 posted 11-07-2011 02:35 AM

Another masterpiece. Your clocks are always incredible. One of these days I’ll try making one for myself. Your wedged, multi-ply gear building technique is genius. How do you go about sanding all those odd curves in the gears and other little clock mechamisms? All by hand? To get that level of shine with only 2 coats of finish must mean lots and lots of sanding prep work.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#7 posted 11-07-2011 03:27 AM

Just amazing!! Great work!!

-- J Wrench Syracuse New York

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#8 posted 11-07-2011 03:54 AM

Hi Charles, Looks like you have been very busy. This clock is a masterpiece! All of your clocks are a masterpiece!
Excellent Design & Craftsmanship!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#9 posted 11-07-2011 04:05 AM

Just too nice. You are the man for clockworks.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#10 posted 11-07-2011 05:03 AM

Outstanding… like all you have done


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#11 posted 11-07-2011 05:04 AM

Nice work and an awesome clock. Bet she will be thrilled!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 11-07-2011 05:17 AM

Wow Max, that is incredible!!! very inspiring!!! I hope you have a great veterans day!!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#13 posted 11-07-2011 06:24 AM

Absolutely incredible work. I went over each of the photos on the Picasa site and the youtube video. Thanks for taking the extra time to post those. Something to aspire to here. Great work and I’m sure you’ve made your friends very happy on their anniversary.
Great jig for cutting the gears – I’d previously seen bandsaw methods, but yours seems to be much more straightforward.
Thanks so much for posting this.

-- -- Mike

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#14 posted 11-07-2011 06:57 AM

Amazing. The video is definitely worth the viewing.


-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#15 posted 11-07-2011 07:31 AM

Great work.

It look really nice.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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