Mixed wood veneer?

spxer

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I am restoring a Seth Thomas short drop wooden works clock. I have owned the the clock for around 50 years. I bought it in damaged condition. Case parts are missing etc. The veneer on the top appears to be walnut. So I am replacing it with walnut veneer and looking closer at the sides of the clock, they appear to be mahogany. The top (what there is left of it) does not appear to be replaced. Is it possible Seth Thomas made the clock with mixed wood veneers?
 

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Yes. On some of their hanging clocks they used both Walnut and Rosewood, on others they used Walnut and Mahogany. Go with your instincts ;)
 

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Thanks. If I had some real mahogany veneer, I would go all mahogany. I don't, so it will have to be stained walnut. Picture shows the different veneer.

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Update on the rebuilding of the top. One corner repaired and the other made from scratch. I am using a repo eagle splat.

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Here is the case with the finish on. Despite my dark staining, you can see the difference in the wood on the tops above the columns. I am wondering if I should try to darken the top some more.

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Yes, I agree, the work is very neat but it does need to be darkened. It's a fine looking case - when you've finished, could you post a photo of the whole clock?

JTD
 

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Added more stain over the finish. Looks good so far. I will let dry thoroughly and finish over that.
 

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The work looks good, but I would darken them. It bothers me the way it is.

Tom
ditto,generally these cases were stained first with a wash coat of "barn red" then a dark reddish brown.
hope this helps
tom
 

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Here is the clock assembled now. Thanks to a certain website, I was able to find all the parts I needed.The movement, the dial, the hands, the bell, the splat, the pendulum, and the columns. I didn't start with much. I do need a painting on the lower to complete. I am too cheap to have one painted professionally. :chuckling:
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A question about weights for a wooden works. Are they different from Ogee weights? I have these on hand. (picture) Would any of these be correct? DSCF0006 (1).JPG
 

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For a 30 hr wooden works, should be about 3 pounds. I believe the 30 hr ogee are a little less.
 
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