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  • Series: Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts Book
  • Paperback: 151 pages
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing; 1 edition (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781565234277
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565234277
  • ASIN: 1565234278
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Take the time to enjoy the 31 projects and patterns in this book. The editors of ScrollSaw & Crafts Magazine have put together the best of recent publications and show you how to make them. Everything from a gingerbread clock to a Dutch windmill clock to whimsical designs like cat and golf lovers clocks. These great designs and easy to build instructions will keep you busy for months. ...fun and rife with new scrolling ideas that will keep you busy and entertained for some time.

On the cover of Wooden Clocks the book claims to have 31 different plans but a review of the contents reveals only 27 different projects. The discrepancy is due 10 the fact that some chapters have more than one plan based on a common theme. The cover photo is also a bit misleading. It shows a wooden gear clock which is detailed as one of the projects. However the remaining 30 plans are for wooden clocks wilh conventional battery-powered clock mechanisms. All of the projects in the book have previously appeared in Scrollsaw Woodworking & Crafts magazine and are therefore designed to be made with the scrollsaw. The projects are set out according to the level of skill involved - beginner, intermediate and 'master'. Many of the clocks are scrollsawn shapes with clock fit-ups inserted into a circular recess. Some patterns are simple while olhers are quite elaborate with a number of separate components to be cut and glued together. More traditional styles include a simple Shaker Clock (including clock case), Lang Clock (wall clock with pendulum movement) and a miniature Grandfather Clock. The Keepsake Trinket and Woven Boxes all have a clock in their lid. In each case the box is glued up in layers from scrollsawn components. The ultimate project in the book is of course the Wooden Gear Clock. In addilion to the scale plans, photographs and step-by-step instructions provided with all of the projects, for this clock there are also cross-sections and expoded diagrams of how the wooden mechanism is assembled. Wooden Clocks has a variety of clocks with a wide appeal, suitable for scrollers looking for patterns with fit-ups as well as clockmakers seeking new challenges.

From the Back Cover

Make Time to Scroll a Beautiful Clock. Clocks do more than just tell the time. They can handsomely accessorize your desk. They can adorn a wall as a piece of art. They can frame a photo, emphasize a favorite pastime, and even make a creative statement. That is why we collected 31 of the most popular clocks from Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts and packed them into this one big collection. Whether you're a beginner or have been scrolling for years, you'll be inspired by the unique designs and inspirational stories from renowned clock-makers like John A. Nelson, Gary Hawkes, Paul Meisel, Sue Mey, and Diana Thompson. Plus, you will find expert step-by-step instructions along with all of the crisp photos, detailed patterns, and tips and techniques you will need to guarantee clock-making success. Some of the beautiful timepieces inside Wooden Clocks include: -Elegant fretwork clocks -Whimsical desk and mantel clocks -Keepsake boxes with inlay clocks -Classic wall clocks -Gift clocks for any occasion And...the amazing Wooden Gear Clock that runs without any batteries.

Customer Reviews

The title is not accurate for the contents.
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Bought this book as a gift for a close friend and he says that it is just what he was looking for!
mike cummings
I look forward to spending time on assembling the wooden clock and getting it to function well.
Larry Hohnstadt

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144 of 144 people found the following review helpful By Mark Cogan on July 6, 2009
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I was very disappointed when this book arrived. I had assumed, based on the cover, that it would include plans and techniques for building working wooden clocks. By and large it does not.

This is very specifically a book for scroll saw enthusiasts. What this means is that most of the book consists of patterns to cut out of sheets of wood into which existing self-contained clock mechanisms are inserted. The wooden mechanical clock on the cover is not at all representative of the contents.

In fairness, there is one project with plans for building the depicted wooden clock, and it makes for an interesting ten or twelve pages. However, even this is a disappointment; the plans are by and large not dimensioned, simply being templates to be photocopied. I can understand this for some of the more complicated parts, but surely it wouldn't hurt to tell us how long each of the (numerous) axles are? Some of the construction of the body of the clock also seems suspect, with key joints being only supported by glue instead of using any real joinery.

If you are looking for a book of scroll saw patterns, this might be a good one; I don't know, as I'm not really interested in that. If you want to make wooden clockwork as depicted on the cover, be aware that you will be paying for only a dozen or so pages of fairly unimpressive information. There are probably better sources of the information you want.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Scrotomer P. Wagstaff on September 17, 2010
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Perhaps I projected a little to much on what I thought this book was about but I honestly felt a little mislead. I enjoy building wooden mechanical machines, toys, etc. and I saw the cover of this book and thought projects regarding gears, escapement wheels and other mechanical clock parts would be the main focus. I was unhappy to find out that 99% of the projects in the book require no mechanical construction only decorative templates to cut out with a scroll saw and then inserting pre-fab clock faces into or onto them. In their defense, the clock portrayed on the cover is included in the book (representing the 1%) and patterns for the gears and escapements. I'm grateful for the one project but disappointed in the bulk of the book. This would be a fun book if your interest wasn't in the mechanical aspects of clocks and I feel they would better represent their purpose by placing a different clock on the cover.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth E. Sain on August 3, 2010
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I was somewhat disappointed with this book. The cover and description gives the impression that the book is devoted to wooden gear clocks. The majority of the book's content utilizes mechanical or electric clock mechanisms mounted in a variety of different wood projects.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By anthony lazzaro on March 10, 2011
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I clearly made a mistake selecting this book. I must have been thinking the bad reviews were for a different title. It has magazine quality plans [from a magazine article] for 1 actual clock so it gets 1 star, but nothing about clock movements, escapements, gears just as other reviewers have said. If you want to see examples and plans of pretty pieces of wood with a hole cut in it and a quartz clock stuck there, then this is the book for you. If you want to make a clock, you won't get much from this book except for one pattern.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jon & Tammy Wanzer on February 23, 2013
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This book is NOT about how to build wooden gear clocks. It IS about how to make nice holders for battery powered clock mechanisms. There is 1 pattern for a wood gear clock.

I returned this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Allan on October 28, 2011
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This book is for scroll saw patterns that incorporate manufactured clock movements. You will be unhappy if you are looking for wooden gear clock information.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By i dont wanna on November 3, 2013
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I liked the book. It does have a couple of good scroll saw projects in it, but I just bought it for the clock on the cover. There is only 1 project in there for a fully wooden wheeled clock, so don't be deceived by the cover if all you are looking for is fully wooden wheeled clocks. Unlike the poor reviews, I actually "RESEARCHED" this book before I purchased it. I did build the clock on the cover which actually works very well. I will warn you that by the time you dowel and glue up the frame which did have a certain level of difficulty keeping the holes lined up you will most likely have to paint it. I tried to stain it, but it didn't apply correctly due to smears of glue on the wood grain.
Despite a couple of reviews I read... The clock project on the cover does discuss the joinery which another reviewer says it does not. The plans in the book that you are to photocopy are to scale which means you can measure it with a ruler and measure out the sizes of your materials, but another reviewer says no measurements are provided. Also, it does talk about how it works and what role each part of the clock plays.
So, if you actually READ THE WORDS in the book, it is actually quite helpful and informative. If this is the first wooden clock you have ever built I recommend starting with this one, and if you finish and still haven't pulled out all of your hair Google "Clayton Boyer" He has an excellent site and a faq page that addresses wooden clock building do's and don'ts.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jay T. Baker on February 19, 2011
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mostly clock housings, not the ever fun gears and movements. boooh.
what is there seems to be good stuff, however.
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