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Thread: My latest clock

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Oklahoma City, OK

    My latest clock

    It's been the better part of 12 years since I last built a clock. That one had a lot of scroll saw work in the cabinet but it got dropped while moving. Broke my heart.

    It wasn't built using any plans, just a rough idea I had that I scratched out on the back of a brown paper bag. The design changed as I went through the building process. I hadn't intended on adding the shoulders under the main clock cabinet but I wasn't getting enough stability in the lower portion so I added them in. The mortises where the columns meet the horizontal pieces were hand chiseled, my first real mortises. The columns themselves started out as square but that looked a little too much like mission furniture so my wife asked me to "round them out a bit". I've still got to cut a skirt for it but that won't take too long. My wife is picking out the color of stain then I'll finish it off with a few coats of hand rubbed poly.

    I am having a problem with this one though. I can't figure out how I'm going to attach the crown molding. I went cheap and only used a 1x6 piece of red oak for the horizontal pieces. Milled down that's about a half inch. I want a bit of a reveal on the crown molding which leaves me only a quarter inch or so to affix it to the top of the clock. I built a brace for the back of the molding, beveled to match the angle of the molding. I was hoping that would give me a shelf to rest it on while the glue dried. It wasn't enough as gravity weighed in (no pun intended) and the molding kept leaning forward. In the 4th picture you can see where I even tried to put a brad in it to hold it on. My little electric nailer wasn't strong enough to get through the oak though. Right now it's just held on by some tape while I try to figure out a way to get it on there permanently. Any suggestions would be welcomed.

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    Last edited by Terry Rodecker; 03-14-2009 at 04:16 AM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Kea'au Hawaii. Just down the road from Hilo town!
    Looking great so far Terry. What kind of face are you putting the clock?

    What goes around, comes around.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Oklahoma City, OK
    My plan was to cut the numbers out with my scroll saw and then put a piece of polished brass behind the panel that's there to highlight the numbers. Then I remembered it had been a long time since I'd cut anything with my scroll saw and I wasn't for sure if I could cut that straight a line or not. All I know right now is I don't want to get one of the pre-packaged faces. I thought about getting the plastic numbers and gluing them on. While that would probably look OK it doesn't really match the picture I have in my head.

    I'm getting ready to head to Florida on vacation so I'll have a week to figure out what the face will look like. Hopefully it'll come to me soon. I want to get this one off the bench and on the wall so I can move on to the next project, a book case/knick knack shelf for our front entry way.

  4. #4
    Personal opinion here... that clock would look cheesy with plastic numbers. There are plenty of fine looking (and affordable) metal dials out there that would look very nice. Some of the Shaker or Arts&Crafts in particular. That's a nice box, and it deserves a nice face. But again... that's just me.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Hi Terry.
    That clock looks great! I can't wait to see it finished!

    Making a clock is another thing on my "to do list", I've got the desing already but as it will have two dials at 45 one from the other I have to find a way to run them with the same movement if I want it to look good.
    Best regards,

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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Oklahoma City, OK
    I guess it's high time I posted some pics of the finished clock. I learned quite a bit from this one. I learned that oak veneered plywood doesn't finish like solid oak does. I learned that you should really use a sealer when applying a dark stain to an open grained wood like oak. This is the first time I've stained oak. For the oak tables that my dad and I refinished when I was younger, we'd put 5 or 6 coats of hand rubbed tongue oil on it. This turned out a little darker than I'd planned but LOML is pleased with it. Also, I did something else that I don't really know if it will cause a problem or not. I wanted a smooth finish to it but not a real glossy one. Something where you could just start to make out your reflection but not really see yourself. To that end I put 6 coats of hand rubbed poly on it with a light rubbing of 0000# steel wool between the 2nd through 6th coats. LOML wanted it shinier than what I had it so I took some varnish and put a single coat over the poly. I don't know if the varnish will start to peel off later or if the poly will make it change colors. The face is hand made. I just couldn't find any pre-made faces that had the look that I wanted. Because of the weight I'm using a french cleat to hang it on the wall. Anyways, here it is. Hope y'all enjoy it.

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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Very nice, Terry. How'd you end up attaching the crown?
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Nice clock Terry does it chime?

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Very nice, Terry. How'd you end up attaching the crown?
    Thanks Vaughn. I wound up using the same idea I had earlier, the braces with the bevel cut. I just made the braces wider/deeper by about an inch. Then, along with the glue, I pre-drilled and counter sunk some holes and attached the braces to the top with some screws. I'll see if I can get a picture of it tonight.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Very fine. A real keeper.

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