Long Drop then Spalt

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Project by Paul M posted 03-20-2008 02:14 PM 2446 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some thirty years ago, I built a short drop schoolhouse clock that my young son always seemed to like.

So when I came upon a tiger maple board with spalting, I was able to get enough good pieces to built this long drop and have the grain run around both the face and the sides. The picture shows just one side, but the spalting also shows upo on the other side as well. I think this type of spalting is reffered to as ambrosia, since the spalting is highly defined.

It was finished with golden oak danish oil for color and poly varnish to protect. Given as a Christmas gift

Sort of interesting to have both the tiger and spalting together. Anway, my son and his wife where delighted with this one of a kind clock.

-- Paul from New England "No man is a failure who is enjoying life". William Feather

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#1 posted 03-20-2008 02:21 PM

very nice, I would love to have one of those myself. Welcome to LJs.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#2 posted 03-20-2008 02:32 PM

Beautiful wood, and I love the angles.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 03-20-2008 02:38 PM

That is a nice piece of work. Did you make it from plans or just wing it?

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#4 posted 03-20-2008 02:47 PM

Excellent arrangement of grain patterns. Beautiful clock.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#5 posted 03-20-2008 03:12 PM

Beautiful clock with gorgeous wood. Nice job.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Paul M

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#6 posted 03-20-2008 03:12 PM

Hi Grant,

Plans from a now defunct company called Mason & Sullivan on Cape Cod. Needed to modify plans a bit to fit pendulan length of the mechanical movement and dial that I had originally planned to use for a “Office Regulator”. I feel that the flat clock base looks better than the pointed ones used for most Office type clocks.

-- Paul from New England "No man is a failure who is enjoying life". William Feather

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#7 posted 03-20-2008 03:14 PM

Georgeous wood and wonderfull craftsmanship on the fit and finish! A top notch work.

I am sure that your son and his family will treasure this gift forever.

I love to craft mechanical clocks myself…I would echo Grant’s question of design plans. Also, what movement and dial face did you use?

Thank You for Sharing!

-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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#8 posted 03-20-2008 03:14 PM

This is a very nice piece. The joinery gives it some nice details and the wood itself shows some beautiful grain.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 03-20-2008 03:15 PM

I’d be delighted as well. Excellent work.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#10 posted 03-20-2008 03:50 PM

I have more clocks than rooms, but none as beautiful as this. The wood is gorgeous and the high sheen of the finish really shows it off.

-- Jerry, Wichita KS

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#11 posted 03-20-2008 03:53 PM

This is a very beautiful clock. The wood you used really makes the project. Great job….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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Paul M

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#12 posted 03-20-2008 04:06 PM


The movement and face was one made for Mason & Sullivan by one of the German Mfgs. I wish I had kept their catalogs, but alas they got trashed. As near as I can tell it would have benn M&S bim-bam movement #3341X with 7406S calender dial.

You may find some help at
They have a cross refference to the M&S mechanical movents

Good luck and thanks for the kind words


-- Paul from New England "No man is a failure who is enjoying life". William Feather

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#13 posted 03-20-2008 04:58 PM

That’s a fantastic clock! Great material.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#14 posted 03-20-2008 10:07 PM

Geez, that’s lovely.

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#15 posted 03-21-2008 12:59 AM

This clock is simply beautiful! I just love that wood. What a wonderful heirloom to pass on to your son and family. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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