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Brian Barber12/11/2013 20:41:39
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Thought I would let you have a look at one of my latest projects - a Grandaughter clock. I didnt want a great big Grandfather clock so this is a little version of my own design. Constructed from Sycamore and with a Westminster chime. It is really heavy with the lead weights etc so fixed to the wall in our Hall. i think it looks the part.


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Derek Lane12/11/2013 20:51:59
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That looks absolutely fantastic Brian it certainly does look the part. How long did it take and where did you get the clock from

Brian Barber12/11/2013 21:15:18
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Hi Derek,

got the Movement from Martin H Dunn Ltd in Lincolnshire. They are a really good outfit and very helpful in setting up the Movement which can be tricky for a novice.

Took me a few months to complete but I can only get a limited amount of spare time in my workshop - household commitments etc - as you will know. Would love to spend more time in there.

With thanks


Simon Reeves13/11/2013 12:58:17
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I agree with Derek - a fantastic job and a real hierloom piece too, more so because it's your own design. Brilliant stuff.


Wolfie13/11/2013 18:54:24
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Excellent work Brian. A wonderful clock and one which you should be proud of. I love the full length glass front where the weights and works can be clearly seen. Congratulations


sad sam13/11/2013 19:31:19
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great piece of work well thought out and very well made love it

Doug14/11/2013 18:13:47
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I agree with the other`s sentiments, stunning piece of work Brian.

I really do like the design, very attractive.


Brian Barber14/11/2013 22:57:41
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Thanks for all your great comments. I actually like the design process almost as much as making the piece. Having said that, however, the design tends to evolve as I make it. Great fun this woodwork lark, wouldn't know what to do without it. Always on the lookout for designs to copy, pinch or modify if you know what I mean.

Mailee15/11/2013 18:39:01
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That looks beautiful Brian. I have also used Dunns in the past, it's just up the road from me, good company.

Oddjob18/11/2013 14:20:31
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Excellent design and craftsmanship though I am unsure about the choice of sycamore. I think a close grained hardwood would look better - for me at any rate.

The glass looks as if it is has beveled edges? If so it is a very nice touch of class. If indeed it is beveled, where did you get it made?


Brian Barber19/11/2013 21:23:48
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Hi Richard, yes the glass has beveled edges, I used 6mm glass to give a decent size bevel but this adds to the weight of the cabinet. Purchased from local glass merchant not one of the big brands. Actually the Sycamore works really well and fits the decor of our hall. Also gives a silky smooth finish - I used Rustins plastic coating applied with many coats very dilute with a rag then finally a wax finish. Wanted a nice modern design nothing old fashioned with loads of mouldings - ugh. In my world it's the design that really counts after that it's "simply" a matter of building it.

Mark Sutton20/11/2013 08:37:55
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That is a beautiful clock, something to be very proud of and a fantastic heirloom.

Well done and thank you for sharing


Bruce Rauncar20/11/2013 22:04:01
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Fantastic project! Beautiful choice of wood and clock, they go very well. Great design and finish. Great job Brian!

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