Mission Style Clocks

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Project by Dave Owen posted 07-05-2013 02:19 PM 7601 views 20 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This roughly seven inch high, Mission style design of these three clocks is from Wood Magazine. Since I wanted to make several, I devised a fairly simple jig to cut the 4 deg tapers on fronts, backs and sides. Three different woods and three different finishes were used. The clock on the left is made from Philippine Mahogany using a finish of one coat of tung oil, and several coats of satin lacquer. Below is a close up.

The middle clock shown below is quarter-sawn White Oak. The finish is four coats of satin wipe-on poly following fuming. I was unable to locate stronger ammonia, so I used 10%, and fumed it for seven hours. A rain fell on the plastic bucket I used as an enclosure, and I expect the fuming would have been darker with the heat of the sun to help.

The final clock is also of White Oak – but not quarter sawn. Its finish is one coat of Watco Natural Danish Oil (per instructions on the can) followed by several coats of satin lacquer.

The clocks snap into a 3” hole drilled with a drill press mounted circle cutter. The decorative ‘pyramids’ are cut slightly oversized, sides tapered, and then driven into holes cut with a 3/8” mortise chisel.

I plan to use a satin wax on all three clocks as an added measure of protection when the finished have dried sufficiently.

-- Dave O.

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#1 posted 07-05-2013 02:22 PM

My special thanks to those of you kind enough to respond to my question about finishes over fumed oak.

-- Dave O.

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#2 posted 07-05-2013 02:40 PM

Great looking projects.

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#3 posted 07-05-2013 02:43 PM

These are very nice and I like the style.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 07-05-2013 02:50 PM

Cool clocks I like the different woods .


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#5 posted 07-05-2013 03:41 PM

They’re all beautiful !
How much are you selling them for ?
I also like your timepieces. Where did you get them ?

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#6 posted 07-05-2013 04:53 PM

Nicely done. Now you have the time to finish other projects :)

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#7 posted 07-05-2013 05:18 PM

Thanks for the nice comments everyone!

In response to Dusty 56 – I make all of my projects either for gifts – or occasionally to keep. The clock mechanisms are from a company called Schlabaugh & Sons. If I remember right they offered four different faces for this size clock. I used three different ones to see how they would look with the different woods. My favorite is the one I used on the fumed oak.

-- Dave O.

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#9 posted 07-05-2013 10:01 PM

Excellent work, Dave. Those clocks are beautiful.

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#10 posted 07-05-2013 11:40 PM

Great looking clocks Dave…well done…the choice of woods makes them… excellent job love them.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#11 posted 07-05-2013 11:45 PM

Thanks for the info…I think your clock choice is also my favorite , followed by the “cream” colored one : )
I think the color adds some “age” to the face, versus the plain white one.
Have a great weekend : )

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#12 posted 07-06-2013 02:03 AM

Is that like See no time…........Speak no time…...........Hear no time… LOL All 3, verrrrrry nice

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#13 posted 07-09-2013 01:48 PM

They all look great. The pyramids added great accents to them. Each wood color has its own character. Like more the 2nd one, with darker grains. Great job!

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#14 posted 04-17-2017 06:20 AM

They look amazing. What are the measurements ??

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#15 posted 04-17-2017 01:15 PM

Hi Kiara… Thanks! The clocks are about 7” tall, and 3-1/4” x 5” at the base. This link (
will take you to to a Schlabaugh and Son’s web site where both the clock movements and Wood Magazine’s plan can be ordered. If you have access to old Wood Magazines, the clock plan was in issue 83 (November 1995).

-- Dave O.

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