Grandfather Clock

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Project by Daniel Barnes posted 03-05-2012 01:33 AM 2801 views 4 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a very hard and challenging project. I bought the Clock parts from clock it and then used them as a template for what I wanted the clock to look like. I kinda drew the clock out on a huge 1o ft long paper and went to work. Most of the ideas came to me as I was building or they just happened. Like the crown and the top part of the clock. I turned all the turnings on this clockwith a router lathe machine. The only thing I did not do on this clock was install the glass. It is made out of cherry wood and is stained with clear laquer. It took me about 5 months to build the entire clock. The drawer on the bottom opens up for a small storage area. I made one section at a time so that it can come apart into 3 sections for easy moving. It took me a month to make the turnings and about a month the sand the entire clock with 100gr, 150gr and 180gr. I enjoyed making this clock and had a little help from a very good woodworking friend of mine who provided his guidance for me along the way. I learned so much making this and I am VERY PROUD of it. Anyone that sees it asks if I am taking orders and I tell them NO! I built it for my wife and I will never build another one again!

-- Daniel Barnes, Missouri, [email protected]

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#1 posted 03-05-2012 01:43 AM

Wow! Nice finish on the cherry wood. A tall case clock is something I always wanted to make. Congratulations!

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#2 posted 03-05-2012 01:50 AM

That’s awesome project – superbly done!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 03-05-2012 01:58 AM

Its beautiful

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#4 posted 03-05-2012 02:15 AM

A fantastic clock beautiful work,great job.


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#5 posted 03-05-2012 02:48 AM

This is an amazing looking clock the finish is fantastic.

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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#6 posted 03-05-2012 03:06 AM

That’s a beautiful clock, worth all the time you put into it, great job.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#7 posted 03-05-2012 04:06 AM

Amazing work! This is the type of thing you keep forever!

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#8 posted 03-05-2012 10:47 AM

Very beautiful work for sure, definatly something you and your wife should be proud of. Very nice job with the turnings and finish. I have a stack of cherry that I milled and is set aside for a clock project like this, I just gotta find the money for the clock components. I hope mine comes out half as nice as yours!

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#9 posted 03-05-2012 12:18 PM

No need to build another, this one is beautiful.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#10 posted 03-05-2012 02:46 PM

Remarkable Daniel, You must be very proud. Hey I love the size of your shop. Do you ever take in guest woodworkers. Man wood I would love to have that kind of space to work in. This is great project and a very difficult undertaking. Stay well bro and keep on keeping on.

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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#11 posted 03-05-2012 04:14 PM

I will say it again. You did a great Job on the Clock. I also like The number on your tote bag. No. !4

Good going

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#12 posted 03-05-2012 04:36 PM

Nice, your wife must be proud. And its going to be a uniqe piece, the only one you’ll ever build. LOL I’m guessing it releases your thinking about where you are going next.

Well done!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 03-05-2012 05:04 PM

What a fine clock and what a fine job that you did.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#14 posted 03-05-2012 06:58 PM

There is 3 things I’d like to mention…1) Incredible, beautiful workmanship—brilliant clock 2) I wish I had that kind of space to work in…during the winter months i’m confined to an under the stairs closet because I don’t want to put on layers of clothes and work in the tin shed and 3) I couldn’t pick a better number to support! I know he had a couple trophies from Richmond (I think that’s where they get the grandfather clock as a trophy), but none compare to what you have created.

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#15 posted 03-05-2012 11:32 PM

The clock looks fantastic! Nice job.

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