Lighted Victorian Clock

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Project by Keith Fenton posted 04-07-2012 01:04 AM 2004 views 7 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started this clock nearly two years ago and when I hit a couple snags in my plans I got discouraged and put it aside for awhile. I was really having trouble figuring out how to cut and assemble the whole thing in a way that most anybody could do it with as few tools as possible. It also had to be reasonably easy for me to explain it in written instructions.

Fast forward two years down the road. I was looking at our site thinking we really need more clocks and I remembered that I had this almost entirely cut already, just waiting for me to figure out the final details of how to get it all together,so I just jumped in and did it, keeping it all as simple as I could. While I used a router to decorate the top and bottom and make the rabbet on the corner pieces, the whole thing could be made on a scroll saw if that’s the only tool you have with just a little extra work (as long as you have wood in the right thicknesses). You would just have to make the corner supports out of two pieces and use a bevel cut on the edges to decorate the top and bottom pieces. Of course you also need a drill to make your blade entry holes.

The glass is just clear plexiglass colored with DecoArt glass stain and the light is from a 4 watt nightlight on clip-on cord which fits in a 1” hole in the removable back access panel. (An access panel is needed so that you can reach in to change the battery on the clock movement since they are usually battery-powered)

-- Scroll saw patterns @

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#1 posted 04-07-2012 01:11 AM

great save keith, you came to the rescue and figured it out , nice clock…it always pays to sometime let a project simmer while you figure it out…it came out really well…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 04-07-2012 01:48 AM

This would work great as a night light as well. This is beautiful.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 04-07-2012 02:09 PM

It turned out great Keith !
That back lighting really set off your nice scroll work.

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#4 posted 04-07-2012 03:59 PM

Very well done and a great idea as well : )
Is it vented for heat removal ?

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

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#5 posted 04-07-2012 04:17 PM

Thank you for the compliments guys!

No Dusty, it’s not vented except for small gaps at the top and bottom as well as the gap around the nightlight cord clip. I think even if the whole thing was sealed air tight, there would not be a heat issue as long as you only use a 4 watt bulb. The wood and plexiglass will transfer enough heat out that it would be ok… 4 watts of heat is not a lot. In my instructions I repeatedly state that they only use a 4 watt bulb and be sure that it has enough clearance from the clock battery.

Mine has been on 24/7 for weeks and I just reached inside to feel and the clock movement is barely warmer than room temperature. It shouldn’t be an issue… You could make vent holes in the back access panel if you were concerned.

-- Scroll saw patterns @

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#6 posted 04-08-2012 02:34 PM

Awesome ! Thanks for the details , and Happy Easter : )

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

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