A wall clock.

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Project by ELCfinefurniture posted 07-18-2012 06:50 AM 2068 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a wall clock I have just recently completed. It just needs to have the glass installed and the full mortise lock in the door. I got the wrong lock so I need to order the new one. These are just photos taken from my wifes Iphone, I will have Lance Patterson photograph it once those two things are done.
I was told by a fellow furniture maker to find my nitch and stick with it and I think clocks might be that. This is the first I have done and I enjoyed it very much. I have already started a model in sketchup for a second and plan on doing a tall clock at school.

It is a solid ribbon mahogany half blind dovetailed case. The back is shiplapped white Ash and all the bandings are ebony and holly. The tiny dovetail tray inside is quartersawn hard maple. This was one of the most challenging things because of how small the dovetails are, and also in a non compression friendly wood for dovetailing.
It has been finish with 80 coats of padded super blonde shellac to fully seal and color the piece, 3 coats of Waterlox original to protect then rubbed out with deluxing compound and dark brown carnuba wax.

I will update the photos once lance takes pictures of it.

-- {Current North Bennet street school student}

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#1 posted 07-18-2012 12:52 PM

Very nice design for the clock. I am waiting to build a clock until I have more expertiece.

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#2 posted 07-18-2012 02:45 PM

That ribbon mahogany looks nice. Is it African or Honduras? I’ve been working with African mahogany recently and it is a chore to cut (soft, but it rips out super easily). Hopefully it will look something like this when finished, though the figuring in your wood is a lot more interesting.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#3 posted 07-18-2012 09:20 PM

Its affrican

-- {Current North Bennet street school student}

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#4 posted 07-19-2012 10:50 AM

Beautiful!! what finishing technique you use? Im thinking of trying a dye and stain technique with a side table I made out of ribbon mahogany,

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#5 posted 07-19-2012 11:04 AM

I personally find the it to very difficult to fill the poors making it hard to get a good hard level finish.
I started with about 80 coats of padded shellac with about a 3lb cut. Padding in a circular motion this seemed to fill them nicely. But all wood will be different. I then added 3coats of Waterlox for protection and rubbed out.

-- {Current North Bennet street school student}

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#6 posted 07-19-2012 07:56 PM

such beautiful grain, and I love clocks

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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