Thread: Grandfather clock
11th February 2006, 07:04 PM #1
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.
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11th February 2006, 07:14 PM #2
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!
PS Tried to send a greenie, but couldn't for the usual reason. IOU offered
11th February 2006, 07:19 PM #3
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.
Everyone has a photographic memory, some just don't have film.
11th February 2006, 07:22 PM #4
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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11th February 2006, 07:45 PM #5
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
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.
11th February 2006, 07:48 PM #6
11th February 2006, 09:32 PM #7
bl....dy beautiful clockBrett
Only Robinson Crusoe could get everything done by Friday!
11th February 2006, 09:40 PM #8
Beaut work Rock, def worth a green....................................................................
11th February 2006, 09:41 PM #9
Not much I could add to that except GREAT work.Cheers,
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11th February 2006, 09:50 PM #10
Beautiful work Rocker!
That is something worth having passed on for generations.
Well Done!Have a nice day - Cheers
11th February 2006, 09:57 PM #11
Fantastic work, Rocker. Well worth the time taken. Love that timber, too.
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Great work. Have enjoyed watching its progress.Bob
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the clock looks great.
pity i dont have that much free time,S T I R L O
11th February 2006, 10:15 PM #14
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?
11th February 2006, 10:48 PM #15
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
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