DVD — Build an Arts & Crafts Mantle Clock is now available.
The project I recently completed, a reproduction of a C.F.A. Voysey mantel clock in alternate materials was one of the best times I’ve had in the shop in recent memory. For some twisted reason, I’m fond of making things on a small scale, and some of the details in the piece are a wee bit below the norm.
In the picture above I’m cutting out the hour hand. The finished hands are about 1/16″ thick, I had to temporarily glue a stack of three together to keep the tiger maple from cracking as I worked on them.
Here it is put together, ready to come apart again for finishing. The inlay on the face is mother-of-pearl and the dome and spire on top are more tiger maple. Tiger maple is very cool.
Here is the assembled clock, after ebonizing the walnut panels, top and feet. One coat of clear shellac has been sprayed on. The clock is the cover project for the August issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine (my day job is executive editor). The magazine will be available towards the end of June, and the DVD will be released around the same time.
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You can build one of these and find out how much fun small details can be. It’s easier than you think.