Hancock Shaker Wall Clock

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Project by knothead posted 01-05-2014 12:59 PM 4102 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have had a rather tough year medically speaking and of the people that I work with one of them stood out solidly by checking up on me while I was off work stuck at home recovering, He and his wife stayed in touch, cooked for me and helped out in different ways when I needed it. The best way I could think to show my gratitude for that was with something handcrafted. To that end I built for them this “interpretation” of the wall clock built by Br. Issac newton Young’s in the mid 1800’s.

Built of Cherry with quartz movement and glass doors and finished with 5 coats of waterborne Lacquer. This “labor of love” turned out to be just as challenging as some of the larger projects I have built. As far as I can tell only one of the original clocks had a glass door. Given the time they were built they would have all likely incorporated a pendulum….I chose to display the pendulum here, but it is constructed so that it can be removed and the bottom compartment filled with silk flowers or small “treasures” if his wife desires. I hope they enjoy it as much as I did building it.

Hat tip to Charles Neil for the PDF , drawings, and research on this clock – Thanks Charles!

-- So Much Wood - So Little Time! --

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#1 posted 01-05-2014 01:27 PM

That is a great clock and a wonderful story. I am sure that the gift will be treasured.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#2 posted 01-05-2014 02:57 PM

Very nice! Reminds me of the clean lines in Shaker furniture.

-- Mike

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#3 posted 01-05-2014 04:21 PM

This is a fine project, Knothead. It looks great.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 01-05-2014 04:22 PM

You probably know this. This clock is on the cover of Thos. Moser’s book How to Build Shaker Furniture. His measured drawing on p. 196 does include the glass.

Again, great job.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#5 posted 01-05-2014 04:24 PM

Nice work and a extra fine gift.

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#6 posted 01-05-2014 04:41 PM

I built the clock that Norm Abram published the plans for out of walnut, but neglected to take any photos of it. The clock was donated for a raffle that our Conservation Club held, i think i will make another one and hang on to it. I put a solid panel in the bottom door but i like the pendulum a lot.

-- Lumberdog.. Morley, Michigan

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#7 posted 09-14-2014 11:05 AM

Thanks for posting this project. I just finished one myself and I was able to get some ideas from looking at your photos. I agree that this was a challenging project compared to its overall size…I actually walked away from mine for a few months then got the ability to overcome the obstacles in my head and was able to finish just recently.

Thanks again and really nice build!

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