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This is a chance to give your skills a workout and use a few of those leftover pieces of wood you've been hanging on to.

The art of making clocks was once limited to a very small group of highly specialized artisans. Cutting and assembling intricate gears and movements from exotic woods and metals was an activity left to only the most experienced craftsmen.

Fortunately, woodworkers today have some significant advantages. With the click of a mouse we can order clockworks, hands, and faces in dozens of different styles.

The clock shown above is an excellent example. Its inexpensive quartz movement is far more accurate than most of its antique predecessors and far easier to install. Sources on page 51 has the details on where to find a movement you like and all the supplies you'll need to get started on your clock.

But the best thing about making a clock is that it gives you a chance to work on small details. I find that this type of project is a great way to hone your woodworking skills.

For instance, the shop-made, mitered molding at the bottom and the elegant chamfered curve on the door's top rail give you a great opportunity to work on the skills you'll often use on larger projects. And by perfecting your attention to detail on a smaller piece, you'll be able to tackle larger projects with confidence.

Materials, Supplies & Cutting Diagram

A Case Sides (2) B Case Top (1) C Case Bottom (1) D Mount Board (1) E Back Panel (1) F Back Panel Cleat (1) G Base Trim Backer (1) H Base Trim (1)

'/2 X 3 ,87/g 1/2 X 27/s - 6'/g '/2X3-6 % '/g hdbd. - 6'/g X 65/g

J Clock Face Trim (1) K Door Stiles (2) L Door Top Rail (1) M Door Bottom Rail (1)

3U x 4 - 7S/S • (1) 4'/g "-dia. Clock Face hdbd. - 6'/g x 55/g • (1 pr.) 1" x 3U" Brass Hinges w/Screws x 1 % - 63/4 • (1) % "-dia. Brass Knob 1/2 x 1V2 - 5'/g • (1) % "-dia. Rare-Earth Magnet V2 x 1 % - 5'/g • (1) #4 x %" Fh Woodscrew

Also needed: One 12"x 24"sheet of Vs"hardboard ft building the

Case

A simple case houses the clockwork and components. And building the case is pretty straightforward. Dadoes and rabbets in the sides hold the top and bottom, while a saw kerf secures the clock mount board. Finally, a rabbet on the back edge holds the back panel.

THE SIDES. The sides contain most of the joinery cuts for this case, so that's the place to start. After cutting both sides to final size, I labeled them 'right' and 'left' and marked the location of the joinery cuts. The goal is to make them mirror images of each other. The layout marks and labels help avoid mistakes while making the cuts.

You can start with a dado blade in the table saw to cut the dado for the bottom. Next, attach an auxiliary rip fence and cut the rabbets on both pieces. Detail 'c' and the box below will give you more information.

Now you're ready to cut the grooves for the clock mount board. Detail 'a' shows the placement and depth for this cut. A standard (V%) blade is all you need.

TOP & BOTTOM. With the sides complete, you can move on to the top and bottom. Note that the top is slightly narrower than the bottom

NOTE: Size groove to hold clock mount board

and sides (detail 'b'). All you need to do to these pieces is cut a kerf to hold the clock mount board.

CLOCK MOUNT BOARD & BACK PANEL. The clock movement attaches to a piece of ^"-thick hardboard that fits into the kerfs you cut earlier. You'll need to drill a hole for the movement as shown in the illustration.

The back panel is held in the rabbet with brass turnbuttons you'll add later. For now, just cut it to size and drill the fingerhole as shown above. Then attach the hardwood cleat to the case bottom with glue.

ASSEMBLY. The dadoes and rabbets make the assembly a breeze. And the clock mount board helps keep everything square. All you need to do is add glue to the joints and clamp the assembly. Next, you're ready to work on the molding.

CLOCK MOUNT BOARD

Vi"-dia. hole

NOTE: Case top, bottom, and sides are made from VZ-thick stock

BACK PANEL

CASE TOP

CASE BOTTOM

PANEL CLEAT

CASE TOP

NOTE: Case top, bottom, and sides are made from VZ-thick stock

CLOCK MOUNT BOARD

NOTE: Size groove to hold clock mount board

BACK PANEL

CASE SIDE

Vi"-dia. hole

CASE BOTTOM

PANEL CLEAT

* section view

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BACK

PANEL

CLOCK ^ MOUNT BOARD

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C. I front view

CLOCK MOUNT BOARD

Dado

Dadoes. Set the dado blade to match the thickness of the bottom and use a zero-clearance insert to minimize tearout.

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