Shaker Wall Clocks

  • Advertise with us
Project by Randy Sharp posted 12-27-2013 12:26 AM 5756 views 7 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The plans for these clocks came from Norm Abram’s book “Mostly Shaker.” I also watched a YouTube video from The New Yankee Workshop episode in which he built the clock.

One is made from red oak, the other made of walnut. I followed the plans precisely, but made one small change. I make the doors using a offset mortise and tenon Norm outlines in his program, but was not happy with the results. I remade the doors using simple half-lap joints.

The clock face was printed on cardstock from an online graphic. The clock mechanics were purchased from Hobby Lobby, and the glass and hinges came from Lowe’s.

Construction and finishing time for the two was about 20 hours, as it required a bit of planing. The walnut clock was finished with six coats of Danish Oil. The oak clock was stain and three coats of polyurethane.

The walnut clock was a gift to my boss and his wife. Poppa Smith passed away earlier this year and Buddy gave me the walnut his dad had in his small woodworking shop.

The oak clock was a gift to a couple who own a sawmill in the area. The normally don’t sell lumber retail, but made an exception in my case, since is was for a baby crib. When I went to pick it up, they told me “No charge, congratulations on the grandson!”

Thanks for looking!

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

6 comments so far

View a1Jim's profile


118200 posts in 4794 days

#1 posted 12-27-2013 12:37 AM

These turned out very well ,I built one some time back and it’s still ticking right along.


View CBova's profile


10 posts in 2867 days

#2 posted 12-27-2013 12:55 AM

I love the timeless Shaker style! Very nice work, these will still look good in 50 years or more.

View redmen's profile


39 posts in 3245 days

#3 posted 12-27-2013 01:35 AM

I have always wanted to make one of these. Nice job. And my list grows longer…..

View OldRick's profile


72 posts in 2911 days

#4 posted 12-27-2013 12:46 PM

I, too, really like shaker style. A throw back to simpler times but will last forever. Clean and classic lines. Reminds me of Amish and Mennonite all hand made stuff. Little known history is that the Shakers were actually formed from two earlier groups. The TAMS and the BORINES. Just kidding.

View HillbillyShooter's profile


5811 posts in 3509 days

#5 posted 12-28-2013 12:23 AM

Attractive and very nicely crafted.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

View Gerald Thompson's profile

Gerald Thompson

1295 posts in 3452 days

#6 posted 12-28-2013 12:53 AM

My wife and I too have made these clocks, 5 so far, using Norm’s plan. We, also, did not care for the rail and style method he used. Frankly it was too hard to understand. We used mortise and tenons. The back of the top door was routed out on the back and the glass secured with Glazer’s points. The bottom door is a raised panel flat side out.
I really like the walnut one. We have four more to make and we may use walnut in one or two.
I like your work and it is hard not to care for Shaker designs.

-- Jerry

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics