A Gift of time for a friend of mine.
A combination of different materials for a mantle clock.


 Most woodworking purists would never dream of combining different materials in a project……………………I’m not a purist and remain unmoved by that philosophy. This clock is a retirement present for a friend of mine who has recently retired after 30 years as a carpenter.

The clock face is a 7 ½” diameter 1” thick piece of aluminum that has been milled by a machinist friend to receive a standard quarts movement mounted in the back. The wooden base is all 8/4 curly maple (difficult to see in the pictures) but take my word for it, it’s pretty.

I drilled the clock face and inserted 5/8” brass rod for the 4 main numbers and 3/8” brass rod for the secondary numbers. The maple was given a coat of boiled linseed oil and varsol mixture to bring out the curly figure and then top coated with 4 coats of satin lacquer. The total height of the piece is 20” and should make for interesting conversation or a handy weapon for beating off burglars.