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For the Spring Surprise Swap I decided I wanted to make a clock that looked something like this for my swap recipient - TomGrin:



After a lot of tinkering around I settled on a 1" A&C style mortise and tenon frame that was 18"x6"x9" to hold the clock cube. The side panels are QSWO with cutouts to provide some negative space contrast.



Since I like to make inlaid panels, I made the clock face from maple, oak, chestnut, katalox, walnut, and black palm. I also made a spare:



The clock opening was made using a circle jig and routering a hole in the walnut front, then making a oak inset ring. The glass (poly carbonate) is held in place with an oak spacer that has a slightly smaller round opening cut into it for the hour and minute hands.

A hole in the bottom of the cube allows the pendulum to freely swing between the supports. There are 2 pins that hold the cube in place on the supports. Access to the AA battery and the interior of the cube is from the back by removing a sliding panel through the bottom of the cube.

The pendulum is made from a straight piece of oak glued to a piece that had a circle cut out of it and then the top of the arch was rounded out. The bob is another piece of walnut that is held in place on the back side of the pendulum.



I wasn't sure how well things would turn out so I made 3 clocks. Tom received the oak and walnut version. The cherry and walnut version went to Brandon as a side swap. The last version (cherry/walnut, hybrid A&C with squared plugs and tapered legs) is sitting on the hutch next to the lidded vase that I received from PoosPleasures.

All of the clocks have quartz pendulum movements from Schlabaugh and Sons. They were finished with Arm-R-Seal and a final coat of poly, lightly sanded to 2000 grit and buffed with Behlen's deluxing compound.

A couple folks asked if I could put a blog together with more build details. I will work on one this weekend.

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AMAZING Earl! I love love love this. Seriously, I'll be on a mission soon to get something similar made.
 

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Definitely inspiring me to give something like your clock a try
 

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Outstanding! Excellent work and finish.
 

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Wow, I can't imagine how many hours and tools this took to make. Beautiful, Earl.
 

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Stellar job on building the clock……!! Beautiful project, and I have to say that I've never seen a pattern quite like that before….Outstanding , that's for sure….!!
 

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is there just the smallest hint of GG in this wonderful swap clock GREAT JOB :<))
 

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What a fantastic design. I really really like this.
Superb job!
 

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Wow Earl. Beautiful work as usual. I'm coming to visit for lessons since you obviously have a lot of time on your hands and made three ;P
 

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That is one impressive time piece EarlS... Gonna need a bigger band to strap it to your wrist.

Like the pendulum. Do they serve a functional purpose?
..... All of the clocks have quartz pendulum movements from Schlabaugh and Sons…..
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I haven the time to read about the above specs… that's why I asked whether the pendulum serves the correct purpose or is just for show to complement the mechanism. If it is part of operations, I'm interested in the maths to determine weight and swing (or whatever clock speak is appropriate) etc… and please don';t tell me to RTFM.
 

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That is one impressive time piece EarlS... Gonna need a bigger band to strap it to your wrist.

Like the pendulum. Do they serve a functional purpose?
..... All of the clocks have quartz pendulum movements from Schlabaugh and Sons…..
- EarlS
I haven the time to read about the above specs… that's why I asked whether the pendulum serves the correct purpose or is just for show to complement the mechanism. If it is part of operations, I'm interested in the maths to determine weight and swing (or whatever clock speak is appropriate) etc… and please don't tell me to RTFM.
 

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Prettiest clock I've seen. It should be on the cover of WW magazine!
 

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Duck - it is decorative, not functional. I looked at mechanical movements and they were crazy expensive. I didn't spend too long looking to see if there was even one for this size of a clock.

Tony - I try to incorporate G&G, A&C and FLW in everything I build.

Oni - I spent way too much time working on this since I didn't really have a plan or a design. There was a lot of looking at it, holding something up and trying to imagine what it would look like.

Edit - I took out surprise
 

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Awesome work Earl!! I love the design and features. Looking forward to the blog.
BTW, your project didn't show up with the other swap projects. You tagged it with the added word "surprise", whereas the others are tagged simply "2019 Spring Swap".
 

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..... it is decorative, not functional…..
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To me that makes it more impressive as it's then obvious you din't work from a plan (which you confirmed in one of your comments).

Well done++!
 

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Earl,

The clock is amazing! I look forward to reading your blog for any information you can share! I don't know how you found time to do this with everything going on in your life these days!!!!

Great job running the swap as well!
 

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This one definitely going on my favorites list for future inspiration. I found an antique clock at a garage sale whose case was demolished but the movement still seems to work. This would be an excellent way to recycle an old timepiece.

Please add a link to the blog you are planning to this thread so that any of us following the conversation will be sure to see it.
 

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Really great work on that, wow. I need to make a clock now.
 

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Excellent work! The grain on the very top is amazing!
 

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Beautiful work!!!
 
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