Norms Tall Clock

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Project by Beard posted 01-14-2014 02:13 PM 2588 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love clocks the first one I build was Marc Sommerfeld’s junior grandfather clock. I wanted to build a grandfather with a real movement so I purchase the plans and DVD from The New Yankee workshop. I milled the lumber and started building I did review the DVD more than once. Norm makes it look so easy.

I did not sand very much of the clock I scraped it. The finish I used transient golden brown then a wash coat of shellac that made the grain really pop out. Then I applied special walnut stain then wipe on poly satin finish. I did have the clock turn whitish color in spots and had to remove some of the finish with steel wool. The finish feels rustic that’s what I like.

I purchased the movement from Klockit.

quoting Norm ” This was a fun project”

-- Beard,Bristow Virginia

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#1 posted 01-14-2014 02:36 PM

WOW! Great job, Norm is undoubtedly pleased with your results!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#2 posted 01-14-2014 04:05 PM

Very, very nice. I have had this project filed in the back of my brain for quite some time. Have even gone on the Klockit web site several times. Just can’t bring my finger around to pressing the purchase button for the very expensive movement. Then I see a finsihed project like yours and think that the cost will be worth it. Maybe some day I will spend the money. Again, with the way yours turned out, you should have no buyers remorse what-so-ever. Well done!

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 01-14-2014 04:24 PM

Nice work! I live close to Lake Geneva… might have to take a drive there and have a look around, thanks for the resource.

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#4 posted 01-14-2014 06:21 PM

Great job. I too am a fan of clocks. It started many years ago from a neighbor who collected antique clocks. At the time I couldn’t afford a “real antique” so I began building my own and now some of the early ones are approaching the technical antique age (over 40). My favorite clocks are Vienna type regulators with weight driven movements.There are a couple of my latest ones in my projects you might be interested in.
A quality movement if cleaned and oiled every 2 to 4 years will last several generations. Most clock smiths will tell you that modern clock movements are “junk” compared to those made in the past but it is the best we can get now.
A good source of clock movements and parts that many people miss is Merritt’s Antiques in their Clock section on the internet.
Years ago there were a large number of venders for clock parts. I think we are down to about 4 or 5 today.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 01-14-2014 11:39 PM

This turned out excellent. I also like doing the small clocks, and want to tackle a biggun someday.

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#6 posted 01-15-2014 01:31 AM

wow that is beautiful work. I’ve got a tall case clock on my plans for this year.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 01-15-2014 01:38 AM

Beautiful tall clock! I love QSWO, and real clock movements with the weights and chimes. You certainly did Norm proud!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#8 posted 01-15-2014 02:58 AM

That’s outstanding! Very well done!

-- -James, Sumerville SC

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#9 posted 01-15-2014 12:21 PM

Wow, a phenomenal piece of craftsmanship. Great curb appeal, look great. Nice to have gotten to the project and completed a dream I’d bet. Awesome clock.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#10 posted 01-15-2014 02:19 PM

Fantastic job. The oak is great. Well done;

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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