Construction of a Salisbury Clock from Murray

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  1. Oceanic

    Oceanic Registered User

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    I'm working with the wood for about 8 years now. My parents celebrated their 40e anniversary last september 9th so back in january, I planned to build a grand-mother clock as a gift.

    I bought the plan and the hardware (movement, weights, dial, etc) from Murray Clock. I choose the Salisbury model. I made this clock from cherry lumbers. I bought about 30 PMP of cherry in two rough dimensions, 4/4 and 8/4 (1 and 2 inch thick).

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    I also took the time to convert the paper version of the plan into a SketchUp plan to make sure I understand it and keep in mind every step of construction. I have great difficulty in working with 2D drawings. Transfer in Sketchup for a 3D representation is necessary for me!

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    I began with the foot mold on the bottom of the base. As I don't have a shaper, I made the molding with three different router bit on my router table. First, the corner round bit with a 1/2" radius.

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    After, a simple round bit.
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    I finished the molding with a roman bit.
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    Sorry if the picture are a little bit blurry, I tried a new camera for these one but I change it after that. Next pictures will be better.

    Now I have to create the design of the feet. I made it be drilling holes of different diameter, and finish by removing extra wood on my band saw.
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    I put the three foot pieces together with joiner biscuits on the miter joint.
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  2. Oceanic

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    #2 Oceanic, Sep 27, 2011
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    For the front, I made a frame with two rails and two stiles. They are assembled together with tenons and mortises. There are grooves in each of hem for the panel.
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    I also create the two sides panels for the base.
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    I put all pieces from the front frame together with the center panel. As you see, the panel has already received 2 coats of danish oil. As the panel is floating in the frame, I don't want to see an unfinished area in the future if the panel move a little bit in its frame so I finish it before the assembly.
    Its give us an idea of the final color of the clock with the oil.
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    I made a little groove for the frame-side assembly.
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    And the base is done !
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    The next steps are for the waist of the clock.
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    While doing the pieces for the waist, I decided to make also some pieces for the head as they both need the same adjustment for the tenons and mortises.
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    There are the same type of frame in the head of the clock than in the waist.
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    Here is my frames assembled !
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  3. Oceanic

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    For the outside of the frame, I shaped the inner side of the frame with a small corner round.
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    The inside of the frame has a rabbet for the glass.
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    I also create a groove for the glass retainer molding.
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    This is a small test for the retainer molding.
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    Now I need to remove some wood on the corner of the frame. The router bit let a round area. I took my carving knives and remove some wood so now it looks like it is a miter joint, not a mortise-tenon joint.
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    After :
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    I need to do the same operations on the back for the glass rabbet.
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    Now, I begin the put the waist parts together with some cleats.
    On the front:
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    On the back:
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    So the waist is now assembled. It only mist its bottom molding and top molding.
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  4. Oceanic

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    I made the waist bottom molding with the same design as the base foot molding.

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    I made the waist top molding with a LeeValley router bit.
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    I glued the bottom molding.
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    And the top molding.
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    As you can see, there are grooves in the top molding. These are for the hood sides. They will be glued to the waist there.
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    I made the hood top molding.
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    And the hood top panel with the same grooves than the waist top molding.
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    Here is how they are glued from the back of the clock.
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  5. Oceanic

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    Put these together.
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    I made the clock movement mount.
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    Try it !
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    With the dial :
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    And with the pendulum and weights !
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    In this step, the clock still need its hood top molding, its back panel made with 1/4 thick cherry veneer plywood and its glass.

    I made a back panel for the rods chime assembly.
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    It is glued to the hood top panel, and screwed from the top also. The rods chime assembly is a little bit heavy, I don't want that falling in the clock later.
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  6. Oceanic

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    So the clock has now received 5 coats of danish oil and has its glass installed, doors installed also.
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    In its final destination !

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    I hope you appreciate this step-by-step thread and that it may be useful for some of you. Feel free to ask questions if you have, it will be a pleasure for me to answer.

    And be leniant with my english, this is not my native language !
     
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    That is BEAUTIFUL!! Wish I was that talented:)
     
  8. Burkhard Rasch

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    OK,You´ve got the job!(making my next grandfather clock,I´ll provide the mvmt. :D)
    Great,congrats!!
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  9. Oceanic

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    Thanks !

    I forgot to mention that the clock movement is an Hermle 1161-853 for a 94cm pendulum length. The dial is a bulova but I didn't find any model number on it.
     
  10. Mike306p/Ansoniaman

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    I enjoyed this . Thanks for the step by step photos that showed us the progress. Yes, you are quite talented. :Party: Mike
     
  11. Kevin W.

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    Nice job Oceanic and thanks for the great pictures and description of the case building.
    I work for Lee valley Tools and should post some of my clock restoration projects.You should take some pics and send them to your nearest LV store to post.I know most wood workers would love to see them.

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  12. Oceanic

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    Thanks Kevin,

    I'm a big fan of LeeValley and I'm already a customer there. I know LeeValley for many years as I'm one of the moderator team of www.lamortaise.com which your boss, Robin, know for supporting us for many years also.
     

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