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Old 11-02-2013, 02:00 PM   #1
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I haven't made one of these Wall Hanging Grandfather clocks in many years, but I thought I'd do a few videos on how I work the project. Here's the first one:


Building a Wall Hanging Grandfather Clock Pt. 1 - Advanced Scroll Saw Fretwork Project - YouTube

Of course, the first thing to always do is read ALL of the instructions scattered throughout the plans and wrap your mind around how it's supposed to go together.

{ LOL, I remember when I first got the dome clock plans and spent the first hour looking at them. whew. My eyes were as big as saucers at first, but then, I decided to take it one piece at a time and build it like a skyscraper. }

I then spent the better part of an hour and a half cutting out the patterns, placing them based on wood grain and maximizing space on each board (to save money).

I also like creasing critical flat parts of the plans to go on the factory edges of the boards. It's a lot easier to do that than try to scroll a LONG straight line for the edge of a piece and then wind up having to sand it flat, so I do that whenever possible. Anything that's identical get's stack cut to speed things along and I always wrap my pieces in clear packing tape to cool the blade and prevent tear out of the bottom. As an added bonus, it will give a little bit of strength to the fret pieces after they're cut out while completing the rest of the work.

I also like using a dremel drill press for doing the pilot holes. It gives nice 90 degree holes and you can use wire sized drill bits in the smaller collets.

Then it's just a matter of one hole, one inside cut at a time...
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Looks like a fun project. Looking forward in seeing the progress.
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Here's the next installment:

Scrolling The Wall Hanging Grandfather Clock Pt. 2 Advanced Scroll Saw Fretwork Project - YouTube
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Just posted part 3. I talk about inside cuts and stack cutting as I work my way through it.

By the end of the video, I'm about 11 1/2 hours into the project:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cI4k8H_j9PQ
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Beautiful clock!!! Someday, I aspire to do such work....but I still have a long long way to go lol

What can you tell me about the piece in your avatar?
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Hi Jack and thanks. I want to encourage you to go for it. Like Anthony Hopkins said in the movie "The Edge", "Anything one man can do, another can do".

If you can make a handful of inside cuts, cut straight lines and curves you can handle it. Just take it one inside cut at a time and use a foot pedal to power the saw off and on.

The one in the avatar is the Chimes of Normandy. It took about 2 1/2 months to make and was a multi (big page) pattern from Wildwood Designs. I want to say it had about 2,600 inside cuts. I built it out of 1/4 read oak and black walnut.

Sadly, it's currently half disintegrated thanks to a couple of cats that thought they'd climb it. I may do a video on its restoration in a month or so (after Christmas).

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Hi Jack and thanks. I want to encourage you to go for it. Like Anthony Hopkins said in the movie "The Edge", "Anything one man can do, another can do".

If you can make a handful of inside cuts, cut straight lines and curves you can handle it. Just take it one inside cut at a time and use a foot pedal to power the saw off and on.

The one in the avatar is the Chimes of Normandy. It took about 2 1/2 months to make and was a multi (big page) pattern from Wildwood Designs. I want to say it had about 2,600 inside cuts. I built it out of 1/4 read oak and black walnut.

Sadly, it's currently half disintegrated thanks to a couple of cats that thought they'd climb it. I may do a video on its restoration in a month or so (after Christmas).

Thanks again!

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Holy Smokes. If you call that a handful of inside cuts, you have some mighty BIG hands lol!

I look forward to the restoration video. I have to say, I don't see any damage from the pics, but I will take your word for it.
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Oh, that was when it was fully intact.

Here's the result of the cats thinking it was a climbing toy...

They did the same thing to a black walnut Eiffel Tower I made a year earlier too.


Conclusion: Cats and large fretwork pieces don't mix. LOL
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hhhmmm, you confirmed my general disposition about cats

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No kidding Randy. I felt like dropping them off at the back door of a Chinese buffet after that. LOL


I have an update of the Wall Hanging Grandfather clock progress and pics I just uploaded on the blog here: Reaganite71's Blog: Inside Cuts are DONE on the Wall Hanging Grandfather Clock! Video coming soon
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