Clock For The Wife

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Project by Gunney posted 01-17-2013 09:22 AM 1556 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first project posting. I’ve been lurking for a while, enjoying seeing everyone’s projects, and figured I’d start contributing.

My wife was out shopping shortly before Christmas and came home with a banged up clock she had bought for $15 on sale. Of course it was on sale, because somebody had dropped it and broken the mounting tabs off. Besides, that, it was kinda ugly. It was mounted in some kind of metal bell and spring contraption. I should have taken a picture of it as it was when she bought it. IMHO it was barely worth $15 and only because the clockwork still worked. When I pointed out to her that it had obviously been dropped and broken, she said “well, yeah, but you can fix it.”

So I fixed it. I threw away everything but the movement and dial and made a wooden mounting for it. I don’t quite know how to describe it, except to call it some kind of mantle clock. My only real criteria for the design was that I make it completely out of scrap because my scrap bin is overflowing. I had plenty of red oak and maple in the scrap bin, so that’s what I used. I sketched out a few ideas on a scratch pad and picked this one as the most interesting. I did a quick and dirty model in SketchUp to get some overall dimensions and then spent about 5 days making it. Overall, it is about 19” tall and 14” wide.

Right now it only has Watco Danish Oil for a finish. After the Danish Oil has cured for a few days, I’ll probably follow it up with a few coats of lacquer.

Funny thing is, I’m not sure if I like it or not. That often happens when I build an original design. I guess I get so involved in the details, its hard to take a critical overview. It usually takes a few days or weeks after finishing it before I can decide whether I like it or not. My wife hasn’t seen it yet. She’s been visiting family for a couple of weeks and is getting home this evening, so it will be a surprise for her. Hopefully she’ll like it.

-- Patrick, Mobile, AL

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Dave Dufour

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#1 posted 01-17-2013 11:30 AM

Welcome, that’s a great looking clock.

-- Dave, from Canada,

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#2 posted 01-17-2013 12:42 PM

Looks great Gunney, a blind man would pay $1000 to see it.
looks like one of my next projects, thinking a barometer.

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#3 posted 01-17-2013 01:13 PM

Great Job!

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#4 posted 01-17-2013 01:32 PM

Patrick, that’s a very unusual design. I bet she liked it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 01-17-2013 02:10 PM

Welcome to LJ’s

Cool design. Good job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 01-17-2013 05:20 PM

I like it. Good design. I wish I had a few of those old movements. I was wondering, did you consider making the pillars out of the same material as the arch?

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#7 posted 01-17-2013 05:39 PM

Yes, the arch is alternating wedges of oak and maple. The pillars are maple and the feet at the bottom of the pillars are oak, so essentially the same material.

BTW, Nancy really likes it.

-- Patrick, Mobile, AL

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#8 posted 01-17-2013 05:49 PM

Totally unique clock great job.


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#9 posted 01-18-2013 01:45 AM

I really like the design, very unique. Not your ordinary clock, great to see something different. It’s a great way to use small pieces of scrap. Do you mind if I use the design?

-- Dee2, OH Aromatherapy....fresh cut wood!!

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#10 posted 01-18-2013 04:01 AM

This is exactly why I come here everyday ! Great looking clock : )

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

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#11 posted 01-18-2013 04:34 AM

Dee2, not at all. Let me know if you have any questions.

-- Patrick, Mobile, AL

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#12 posted 01-21-2013 04:27 AM

Nice job. Really stands out. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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