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    Default Grandfather clock

    At last, after about six weeks of more or less full-time work, say 250 hours, my Pennsylvania tall clock is complete. As you can see by comparing it to the card-table, the clock is indeed tall.

    Fitting the movement was a fiddly busines that took most of today. The clock goes, but I haven't yet regulated it or got the chimes going.

    I am very happy with the fiddleback blackwood that I sourced from Lazarides. They said that it was grown in Queensland.

    The darker-looking pictures were taken without a flash, and give a more realistic rendering of the real colour of the blackwood.

    Rocker

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    G'day Rocker!

    Wow! What a beautiful long-case clock; a real treasure to keep for generations. I love the timber - I think it makes a real Australian statement.

    Six weeks of work, too. I can believe it.

    I'd guess that you're pretty pleased with this lovely piece!

    Cheers!

    PS Tried to send a greenie, but couldn't for the usual reason. IOU offered

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    Hi Rocker, great Clock and nicely turned out.

    Was it built off a plan or of your own design,are the movements chain/weight/ pendulum.

    I personally like the access door to have glass as well as the face but that is my choice ,the timber has really come up a treat and you're to be commended for producing a fine clock.

    Something that WILL stand the test of time,pun intended.

    Cheers
    Johnno

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    Compliments from Devon, another fine piece of furniture added to your home. You must have suffered the past 6 weeks or has Queensland been having a cool summer?

    PS, are you hiding anything in the cupboard like bottles?
    woody U.K.

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    John S,

    Yes; the clock was built to the design published in Fine Woodworking #171-172, and the clock has a traditional weight-driven, pendulum-regulated movement. I don't think that a glazed door would be appropriate for this style of clock

    John J,

    There would be plenty of room in the clock's base for a number of bottles; but I have a wine rack anyway

    This summer has not been unduly hot here, but I suppose I have lost a few litres of sweat making the clock.

    Rocker

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    David,

    The end product is outstanding, congratulations & well done!!
    Cheers

    Major Panic

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    bl....dy beautiful clock
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    Beaut work Rock, def worth a green
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    Fantastic.
    Not much I could add to that except GREAT work.
    Cheers,
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    Beautiful work Rocker!
    That is something worth having passed on for generations.
    Well Done!
    Have a nice day - Cheers

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    Fantastic work, Rocker. Well worth the time taken. Love that timber, too.

    Cheers,

    Jill

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    Great work. Have enjoyed watching its progress.
    Bob

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    Rocker

    the clock looks great.

    pity i dont have that much free time,
    S T I R L O

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    Rocky, you don't mess around do you? How did you finish it so quick. Thats beautiful mate.

    How did you get 250 hours out of 6 weeks?

    Well done.

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    Scott,

    I worked every day, and quite often started at 6 a.m. As you probably noticed, there is not much else to do in Elimbah.

    I had to resaw all the timber from 38 mm stock, and the waist sides, the door and the base panel were all laminated; that is, I used the 10 mm thick offcuts from the resawing by gluing them with epoxy to other timbers, such as cedar, silver ash and american walnut, of which I had offcuts. All this was pretty time-consuming. Making a grandfather clock is not a project that I would recommend to anyone who is not retired, who doesn't have a very understanding spouse, and who is not a woodworking fanatic

    Rocker

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