M12 Clock

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Project by Charles Maxwell posted 03-20-2013 07:47 PM 18849 views 48 times favorited 56 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my 12th clock. Took about a year to finish – I got lazy! It’s a commissioned piece that will eventually be shipped to Germany. It’s about 7’ in height and 32” square at the base. It’s predominantly walnut and figured maple. The face/hands are features found in the Breguet line of fine watches. That was a design aspect that the owner wanted and I’m glad he introduced me to the Breguet watches, they’re beautiful works of art. This clock runs on a 30lb weight for 36 hours/wind. The dials include days, seconds, minutes and hours. The escape rocker has two pieces of glass acting as the escape pallets. Those were created by the owner. This clock keeps near perfect time. I don’t have any plans for it. I do all of my work from hand drawn sketches, most only legible for me! Some day I will put a book together and publish. Hope this project stirs your creative juices!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#1 posted 03-20-2013 07:55 PM

Very impressive project. Beautiful clock from every angle. Thanks for showing it. (You obviously have a bigger brain than I do).

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#2 posted 03-20-2013 07:56 PM

Simply an amazing and beautiful design, and very intricate, especially for a piece of that size. You are a master of your craft, and it shows in this piece.


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#3 posted 03-20-2013 07:56 PM

Wow Max, that might be your best clock yet. I actually can’t believe it took only a year! Astounding design and mechanics. Ever since I first saw one of your clocks I’ve wanted to build one myself… someday it will happen.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#4 posted 03-20-2013 07:58 PM

Definitely your best clock yet. Love the old school radio antenna look of the case. I say it was worth the year!

-- I only WISH I could do this for a living. Problem is I don't want to sell anything I make!

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#5 posted 03-20-2013 08:07 PM

You have impressed me many times before with your excellent craftsmanship. And now you did it again with this magnificent time keeper! You are truly a master, no doubt about it.
Great looking work all around and through and through!
Thank you for sharing your work.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 03-20-2013 08:20 PM

An absolutely wonderful clock Charles. I can only wonder at it’s beauty and the skills and artistry needed to create it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 03-20-2013 08:23 PM

beautiful work in every aspect of it!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#8 posted 03-20-2013 08:27 PM

Charles…Your work is spectacular!!!!!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 03-20-2013 08:39 PM

Astonishing. I see something that will be in a museum one day.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#10 posted 03-20-2013 08:53 PM

Wow You have mastered the wooden clock.

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#11 posted 03-20-2013 09:22 PM

I am very impressed and stunned by your work! You have an exceptional craftsmanship! That is totally superb and spectacular! You outdid yourself.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#12 posted 03-20-2013 09:43 PM

Hey Charles really, really Awesome work!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#13 posted 03-20-2013 09:49 PM

Oh man, you can be proud of this wonderful piece of art!

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#14 posted 03-20-2013 09:52 PM

That is just so nice
Every detail is tight


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#15 posted 03-20-2013 10:32 PM

Wow Charles, You have really stepped it up a notch on this one. Beautiful work.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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