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A friend was in Germany in military, called me and said he was touring Kieninger clock/gift shop, and told the owner I always wanted one of their clocks, and was a wood worker. So they agreed to sell him the works 2 years ago. It took a year to get back from Germany, since he was deployed. So in the mean time he bet me that I could not make the cabinet to the Kieninger standard. I looked throu my stock of lumber and remembered I had about 60 ft. of curly maple and 20 ft. of quilted curly maple. I had planned to make a crib for my daughter, but she has not needed that yet. So the wood was used. I designed the plan four times before I cut a board. Quanity was limited. I started the project in June 06. curly maple is the complete base and frame to top of lyre/curio area. The top, well I made three plywood frames and tore them apart and started over. It was the hard part to make work with weight and lyre set backs. I used all quilted curly maple to construct the clock box,trim and glass frames. Then came the stain, the grain and wood pattern would not show well with light stains, so Minwax Red Mahogany was the one that let the grain stand out the most. three coats with sanding between coats Minwax Antique Oil finish was the way to go with all the corners and hard to reach areas. Brass accents, shelf pins and sleeves, I thought made the Brass clock work and cabinet come together. A few missing parts, had to be retrived to complete. But Jan. 10, 07 glass was in and it was complete. So now the friend says, I owe him one, he brought two back from Germany.

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Beautiful work, the figure in the wood really pops out with that finish. I really like the design; sounds like a lot of thought went into it. So what I want to know is will the friend get one?? That is a piece of work to be very proud of. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. And welcome to Lumberjocks.
 

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as I walked your journey with you, through your words, I felt like a parent nurturing and guiding a child. I felt my heart and soul going into this beautiful masterpiece.
Magnificent.
 

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Beautiful, you must have lost a lot of sleep with this project. What type of stain did you use? It's hard to get hard Maple to absorb stain.
 

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This is one beautiful clock. I've never seen one designed like this before? Is the design yours, or is it a copy of one of the Kieninger designs?
 

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thanks Max yes alot of thought went in to this and time. and yes we are tring to find the right type of wood and design for his clock.

thanks dennis,MsdebbieP,and oscorner for your comments

thanks Dick no sleep wasn,t lost but a few nightmares maybe .I use only minwax products
maple i usually stain sand and stain til it blends

Thanks Don the design is totally mine, I build about six projects a year and design them all,
i just shop for ideas and go from there
 

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Crap. I hope you don't enter this in the competition.

Honestly, this is beautiful, what an accomplishment. YOu need to put this piece in your Will so that your heirs won't be fighting for it.

Great work,
Mark
 

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Crap! I hope you don't enter this in the competition.

Honestly, this is beautiful, what an accomplishment. YOu need to put this piece in your Will so that your heirs won't be fighting for it. Really.

Great work, I can't see what else you have to post.
Mark
 

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You'd have to put some SERIOUSLY interesting stuff in the curio compartments to get me to look past the case itself…

And ditto to Mark's post… twice, even.
 

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intense very nice
 

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WOW, you have a lot going on there. Feels like Piccadilly square. Powerful piece. Never seen anything like it. Far beyond me, but love seeing your talent and skill.
 

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Marty,
I wonder, since you state you have trouble following the plans authored by others and you also said you did serious work on this plan before cutting wood for the clock case, - my question is, how do you do your design work?
I use SketchUp and if you haven't tried it, I want to seriously encourage you to get it (its free!), and try it out. I think it would dovetail neatly with your obviously great woodworking skills.
 

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Thanks Don,
Yes, I do have a copy of sketchup. But it's easier for me to "Just Do It" as they say. I use a Cabinet modeler program in my Architectural Design program -Chief Architect 10. It's quick an easy went I'm looking for ideas. But that's where it ends, I like to think there's a little artistry in my work. But it seems that most are not all that impressed with my designs. But it's what I love to do. Make Dust.
Marty
 

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amazing clock
 

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Wonderfully…..., I liked all projects. Good luck.
 
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