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Cut the basic pieces a few weeks ago and finally got back on the project after getting my Bosch RA1181 router table retrofitted with a Jessem Rout-R-Lift II. This item will be going to some friends in Upstate New York who returned home to support their aging family members after leaving Tennessee a year ago. With that in mind, I’ve decided to eliminate the traditional hinged doors and provide access to the works from the back for a simpler appearance and construction. (With this initial attempt behind me, I will make a more modern version with glass in both doors and a pendulum clock works with chimes.)

This weekend, I made all the rabbets, glass/panel channels and tenons, assembled the case and panels, fitted the glass window and applied Zinser’s Amber Shellac to the oak parts. I’ll top coat with polyurethane. The solid pine back pieces were left natural and finished with Watco wipe-on polyurethane.

Still have to make the clock face, order the works and finish fitting the assembly together...
 

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nicely done...
will it have an insert...
 

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nicely done...
will it have an insert...
Insert? If you mean a clock panel and face, yes. Still got to hinge that top back piece and mount a works, etc. to finish.

Am glad to have found a use for that Amber Shellac - doesn't look very good on any other woods I've used. I've ordered some Garnet Shellac for comparison.
 

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That's a really nice piece. I'm sure the recipients will enjoy it for ages.
Where did you find pine boards that large for the back?
Thanks - it is the first project to go closer to plan than any of the previous ones. Messed up a few things but was able to bury them for the most part. Post Oak is a tough species and doesn’t like being subjected to the router. Really sinuous grain.

My sawyer cuts off his property which limits me to what he has but also allows me to get some nice materials for 25% of retail. This pine was just in his racks and I wasted no time buying it. I’ve got four sawyers to choose from. They do well to keep me informed of their upcoming supply.
 

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A grandfather clock is a wonderful thing to have. It would be a good place for a little chamber with family history in it. It is likely to be passed down for years, depending on the movement you put in it. Weights and a pendelum is old fashioned, but it is also classic. I am also looking forward to seeing more.
 
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