Arts And Crafts Mantle Clock With Tile

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I built this clock so the tile can be changed if I get bored with it or if it breaks. The tile sizes are 6” x 6”.
Here I’m showing it with several tiles. 

The clock is made from QSWO. The tile and clock dial frames are made from mahogany and the faux through tenons are made from ebony as are the G & G screw covers on the top. 



The rear panels are solid wood approximately 3/8” thick, are removable and held in place with rare earth magnets.


The parts of the clock on my workbench over the full scale drawing I made. 
 
These are photos are of the front and back of where the tile is installed. Hot glue can be put in the holes in the rear and if I change the tile I’ll heat the glue up with a heat gun.

I preheat the holes and tile before gluing to insure a good bond. I  glued the top and bottom holes only and will use the side holes to help remove the tile if needed.

The tulip tile was purchased on line from Zazzle.com and the other tiles were from photos of some of my paintings I sent to a company called Photo Snap. They turn your photos into tiles. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

James McIntyre

56 Comments

nice work james. love how you can change out the tiles. personally i like the tile on your first pic !

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Thanks Pottz. The tulip? I think I’ll leave that one in. 

James McIntyre

Nice work James, attention to detail and the ebony plugs give it a nice accent. The tile idea is great. Well done.

Main Street to the Mountains

Thanks Eric. This is a new twist on a project I posted on LJ. 

James McIntyre

Very nice! A mantle clock is on my short list…in fact I’ve got the movement and the tile already. James, did you create the drawings yourself, or did you find them somewhere?

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Nice job JMcI...

Those tiles seem to change more than the time.

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

Thanks Ryan. I drew and designed it. I got ideas from other clocks I saw. I wanted the clock to have a more robust look with a large top that looks more like a roof or wing.   

My wife said if I throw it off the roof it probably would fly. And is said so that’s how time flys or that’s a way to kill time. 8^}

If you want I can take photos of the drawings and post them at the bottom of the project. 

James McIntyre

Thanks Little Black Duck. Very funny. You made me laugh. I lost an hour of sleep today. Do you have day light saving time? I hate it. 

James McIntyre

If you want I can take photos of the drawings and post them at the bottom of the project. 

That would be great, if you don’t mind. Thank you sir!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Really like this!  The tulip tile is a keeper (first picture). Looks perfect with the colors of the clock face.  Growing up in Holland (Michigan that is) may have biased me toward tulips 😉
Thanks Barbara. Tulips are so beautiful and dovetail wonderfully into the Arts and Crafts and Art Deco styles. And yup the tulip will stay. 

Ryan. I’ll try to get them posted tomorrow. 
I can’t wait to see your clock. 

James McIntyre


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If you want I can take photos of the drawings and post them at the bottom of the project. 

That would be great, if you don’t mind. Thank you sir!

Now what better excuse can one get to learning SketchUp (or Fusion, or...)

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

Very nice! The design, wood choices and build quality make this first class. I especially like the mahogany accents.
Now what better excuse can one get to learning SketchUp (or Fusion, or...)

I can muddle my way through Fusion360, just not well!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Thanks Steve. I thought the contrast of the darker mahogany and the lighter oak would work nice together along with the extreme black of the Ebony. 

James McIntyre

Beautiful clock, wonderful design and the quarter sawed Oak and the Tiles really set it off. Excellent project and workmanship.

-- Soli Deo gloria! ( To God alone be the Glory)

Well done, James.

No Bees. No Honey. Bees Lives Matter

Nice, James! The tiles are a fun touch, and the winged top… I like it, but it may be a bit much for some. 

May you have the day you deserve!

Classic and classy James!

Clocks are always a fun build, woodworking with a function. Nice idea on the tile swapping. The tiles are a big part of personalizing to fit the room and if you ever start selling these it makes for a great feature.

Given the bi-yearly time changes, I like to have the self-setting motors  because I might start breaking things if I'm setting every clock in the house while still 3/4 asleep. 😴