LumberJocks Woodworking Forum banner
  • Please post in our Community Feedback thread for help with the new forum software! If you are having trouble logging in, please Contact Us for assistance.

Project Information

This is my very first Greene and Greene project and I learned more than I could have imagined. The entire clock is made from African Mahogany with real Ebony plugs and splines.

The design is my own creation with inspiration from various clocks that I found on lumberjocks and around the internet. After I chiseled out the splines I decided they were a little heavy. I went with 3/8 when I should have used 1/4. The plugs are pretty good for my taste at 3/8 but they might look better at 1/4. If I were to design another I might change the way I mounted the tile but I am pretty happy with everything else.

For the finish I used Darrell Peart's recipe of 7 parts orange and 4 parts medium brown General finishes dye stain with a few coats of Arm-R-Seal. This was the first time using the General Finishes dye stain and I was quite happy with how easy it went on. I did discover that wetting the wood prior to applying the finish yielded much more consistent results.

I can't begin to list all of the things that I learned making plugs and splines. I am certain that I would never do it this way again. Unfortunately I waited until after this was finished to ready Darrell's Peart's books and learn the proper way to make the plugs. The splines were all individually shaped without the use of a jig. The next Greene and Greene project will be done using the jigs that Darrell and William Ng describe in the various videos, articles and books that have been published on the subject.

Before I start the next project I will certainly buy the Veritas square chisels that Darrell helped designed. I will also be building the jig that Darrell details in his first book to make the plugs on the disc sander. Unfortunately the disc sander is a new addition since I finished all of the plugs.

Gallery

Comments

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,984 Posts
Man that is a beautiful clock! I love G&G furniture, and your clock is a beautiful example. Don't beat yourself up about not knowing everything right now. You live, you learn-that's the way it is with we humans!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
841 Posts
You've incorporated several G&G elements very nicely, and your finish looks great.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
0 Posts
Greene & Greene inspired projects like your are great. Really like all the ebony accents, especially the bread board splines. Well done. Love the clock dial you selected.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
19,674 Posts
This is a very impressive clock fantastic build.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
469 Posts
Very well done. The finish turned out great.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
908 Posts
Absolutely. Beautiful. Another project for my bucket list.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,244 Posts
Another great project. I really like the use of the dragonfly tile. There is no more quintessential arts and crafts form than the humble dragonfly.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
974 Posts
Beautiful clock. I think the 3/8 looks perfect; good call.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6 Posts
That looks really sharp and fits G&G. Nice work.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,326 Posts
An heirloom!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,082 Posts
Congrats on tackling an aggresive build - with great results!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
49 Posts
Awesome. If this is your first G&G, I can't wait to see what your second one looks like. Well done.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,222 Posts
You did a wonderful piece and learn many things along with it
 
Top