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Update: Jeff's Clock
« on: July 20, 2011, 01:43:55 PM »
A couple of months ago a customer asked me to build a clock for a gift.  Back in my clock building days in the 80's & 90's, I built well over 100 clocks.  Mantel, wall, schoolhouse, bracket, and over a dozen Grandfather clocks.  Alas, I lost my ledger which contained dates, customers, type, species of wood, and serial numbers.

Anyway, he wanted a Walnut mantel clock so I have been working along on it.  All of the pictures were taken with my cell phone, and I just have not taken the time to upload them and post.  The delivery time is before the Pig Roast so I have to get busy because you can't rush the finishing.
 


I use a combination joint on the door.  Miter for looks on the front side and lap for strength on the back.
 


Gluing the door together.
 


A bit of sanding.
 


The finished door.
 


Morticing the hinges for the door.
 


Gluing the base.
 


Walnut sanding dust really stains your hands.
 


The various parts are coming together.
 


A bad picture of a pretty piece of wood.  This is the loose fitting back of the clock.
 


I'm now ready to finally assemble the main body of the clock.

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Re: Clock
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2011, 02:40:12 PM »
Looking preet nice there Magic.  ;D
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Re: Clock
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2011, 04:34:26 PM »
Wow.  Looking forward to seeing the final pics.

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Re: Clock
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2011, 05:07:00 PM »
Hey there MagicMan, you've been holding back on us.  :)

That's coming along very nicely.

My uncle had a grandmother clock carcass built about 30 years ago by a local cabinet maker. The top with the movement has a carcass that slides forward, kind of like a hood. It also has a glassed front door.

Cool project BTW.  8)

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Re: Clock
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2011, 06:58:48 PM »
MM dont you ever have anything to do? Lookin good on the clock. Keep us posted and have a good trip up north, bg

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Re: Clock
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2011, 07:16:05 PM »
I finished the clock this afternoon.
 


It will only get low gloss tung oil finish.  No stain or glossy polyurethane look.
 


Nicely figured Walnut.
 


The back.
 


It's hard to get a frontal shot with the reflection of the glass and the polished dial.

I just hope that he doesn't call and I get to keep it over the weekend.   :)
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Re: Clock
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2011, 07:54:53 PM »
Beautifully done.

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Re: Clock
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2011, 09:57:27 PM »
That's beautiful. I know your client will be tickled pink :)
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Re: Clock
« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2011, 10:25:36 PM »
Very nice MM. I cant think of anyone who would be ticked off at owning one like that. I have never used any of that finish before, need to try it sometime. bg

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Re: Clock
« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2011, 10:59:14 PM »
Very Beautiful MM.  How many coats of the Tung Oil did you apply?
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Re: Clock
« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2011, 01:22:31 AM »
That looks good MM. I like using tung oil myself.
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Re: Clock
« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2011, 05:32:22 AM »
That's a wonderfully done clock MM. The finish looks great.  :)

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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Re: Clock
« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2011, 07:08:26 AM »
That is a fine piece, MM!
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Re: Clock
« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2011, 07:21:54 AM »
Nice job MM 8) 8)
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Re: Clock
« Reply #14 on: July 21, 2011, 08:09:33 AM »
Very Beautiful MM.  How many coats of the Tung Oil did you apply? 

Thanks all.  I will use 0000 steel wool today and add the second (final) coat of tung oil.
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« Reply #15 on: July 21, 2011, 08:45:50 AM »
That is a really nice clock, very well done.

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Re: Clock
« Reply #16 on: July 21, 2011, 11:03:42 AM »
I hate modifications, but sometimes they are necessary.  I noticed last night that the chimes sounded muffled.  I normally put a finger hole in the back, but this back was so pretty that I tried it without the hole.  Well, this morning it got a hole.
 


A 1" finger hole gets drilled through the back.



Yup, it now has a hole.
 


0000 Steel wool and hand rubbed with a soft cloth eliminates any possibility of any unsightly build up.  This was the second and final coat of oil.
 


Another view of the front at an angle to reduce reflections.

I don't use any fillers or putty to fill any irregularities in the wood or joints.  This is handcrafted, if it is there it stays.
 
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« Reply #17 on: July 21, 2011, 07:50:56 PM »
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« Reply #18 on: July 21, 2011, 08:22:59 PM »
Great piece, just think of the hole as the final touches.  :)

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Re: Clock
« Reply #19 on: July 22, 2011, 02:05:13 AM »
From Magicman to Father Time what's next?   ;D  :D

Beautiful Job.   smiley_thumbsup
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