Shaker-style mantle clock

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Project by Dinger posted 06-03-2013 01:03 AM 3032 views 7 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About six months ago, I got the October issue of Wood Magazine and saw this project. I’ve been wanting to make it for awhile now, but other projects just seemed to keep getting in the way. Before this I had finished a 43” tall standing desk, so I was definitely in the mood for something smaller. This will be the first project I put in my new office (as of September 2012.)

I used some scraps of quartersawn white oak from my last few projects and used my new favorite finish – tung oil. Real tung oil. Not tung oil finish. The bowties are made from a wenge cutoff slab my local hardwood dealer gave me from my last purchase there. I’ve been looking for an excuse to use it! A guitar maker friend of mine (someone who owns a 40” stationary belt sander) suggested I use the end grain. Again, It’s hard to capture in the pictures. I used about six coats until the oil barely wood soak in. It filled the pores pretty nicely to leave a nice smooth finish.The photos don’t do the figure justice! I got the movement from Slaubaugh and Sons.

Also, I cut up my finger pretty good on this one. I’d post a picture with my 5 stitches but I’m not sure it’s appropriate! Due to the inadequate work-holding of my bench (guess my next build will be the Roubo…) I used my hand instead. Slipped with my mirror-polished chisel right into my left pointer finger. Ouch. And here my wife was always worried about the power tools! Thank goodness she’s a PA and threw in some stitches after her ER shift to save me a trip to it! Thanks for looking! Any comments are appreciated.

-- "Begin every endeaver with the end ever in mind."

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#1 posted 06-03-2013 10:46 PM

Sharp looking clock…no pun intended because you cut yourself…..I like that the pendulum swings through the open bottom….nice Dutchman (bowtie) detail…. thanks for sharing

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#2 posted 06-05-2013 04:46 PM

Lovely timepiece, like the design and the bow ties added a nice touch. The wood goes well with the kit. Well done!

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#3 posted 06-05-2013 04:50 PM

This is a very nice piece. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 10-05-2013 05:12 PM

Really nice! I like the design. The workmanship shows. You’re lucky to have a wife that can stitch you up… hopefully you won’t make a habit of it.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#5 posted 11-16-2014 08:53 PM

Sounds like your marriage is made in woodworkers heaven. Beautiful clock. Good job.

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