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    I have a DeWalt 788 and am planning to make another scroll saw clock. I have already made the Cottage Clock, and the Queens Clock from Wildwood Designs. I was hoping to make a large very intricate clock before my 18th birthday.
    I am having trouble choosing between these:
    Dome Clock
    The Chimes of Normandy
    Amiens Clock
    Roman Cathedral Clock
    Country Cottage Grandfather Clock

    I know these all look impressive, but which would be most impressive? Also, besides the scroll saw, I have a planer, belt sander, drill press, and router table. I have access to a table saw if needed. I do miter cuts on the scroll saw.
    Any restriction you guys found when doing any of these? Any suggestions and comments welcome. Thanks!

    To see pics of my cottage clock, go to www.scrollbench.blogspot.com
    Check out my blog and see my creations! scrollbench.com

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  • #2
    I have built both the Dome clock and the Roman Cathedral clock. and the both of them are a challenge,the Dome clock because of the size, the Roman Cathedal because of the angular towers. I enjoyed the both of them.
    I made the Dome clock as a full clock which means two clocks in one.
    My biggestest suprise was thsat the Roman clock was awarded Best of show and Best wood work at The Durham fair ,a few years back ,and that was the biggest suoprise for me.(my wife says that I haven't camme back to earth yet>)
    Don't be afraid to try either one or both,you'l lenjoy the exprence.
    Remember we like pictures. Good Luck.

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    • #3
      Out of those 5, the Roman Cathedral Clock looks the most appealing to me
      Brett

      Only Robinson Crusoe could get everything done by Friday!

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      • #4
        Hello
        You have picked some very nice patterns. You will probably be very pleased with any of the ones you have listed. The Amiens has a lot of pieces, probably 3 + times the parts of some of the others. It also uses a variety of thicknesses of woods. If you are doing your first larger clock, I would like to add the Edgewater by Dirk Boelman of the Art Factory to your list. His pattern has lots of easy to follow instructions for assembly. The Dome, Normandy and Roman Cathedral give you the pattern pieces and expect you to figure out the construction for yourself. They are much easier once you have completed a clock. Some other clocks that are quite pretty are the Victorian Queen and the Imperial Tower and the Apostles Clock.
        Have you searched the forums here by clock name? There are quite a few clockmakers here.
        Please keep us posted as to your choice and your progress.

        Norman

        If you have a question or problem, (I have made the first 4 clocks on your list ) I will help you , if I can.
        Good luck

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        • #5
          I have not cut any of those clocks but my choice would be the Amiens or Roman clocks.Happy cutting. Make sure you take pics for us lesser mortals

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          • #6
            If you want to show off fine fretwork skills, try the Victorian Queen, from Berry Basket. Another version is on finefretwork.com, from Spain. It's not really big clock, but impressive.
            Pat B
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            • #7
              Fretwork Clock

              Hey thanks for the replies. I will have to keep the Edgewater in mind. Its a neat clock as well.
              Check out my blog and see my creations! scrollbench.com

              Check out my Etsy shop here!

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              • #8
                Question

                WOW Great work on the Clocks. Even more amazing, you said you are not 18 yet. Great job. I have a question for all you clock makers about the cutting method. Is it possible to stack cut the pieces or are the too fragile?. Thanks.
                Mark
                Proud new owner of an EX-21

                WWW.MGMWOODWORKS.COM

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                • #9
                  if i were too pick one it would be THE CHIMES OF NORMANDY,
                  i am hoping myself too do BIG BEN in the near future,
                  not doing much
                  and busy doing it


                  having fun making sawdust.


                  http://www.customcutz4you.webs.com/

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Markru2002 View Post
                    WOW Great work on the Clocks. Even more amazing, you said you are not 18 yet. Great job. I have a question for all you clock makers about the cutting method. Is it possible to stack cut the pieces or are the too fragile?. Thanks.
                    Mark
                    There is no problem stack cutting . I have made the Dome Clock and the Rhinelander by Dirk Boleman and stack cut as much as I could. I only stacked 2 pieces of the 3/8 and less wood.
                    Last edited by B Smith; 02-25-2011, 04:53 PM.
                    Smitty
                    Dewalt 788

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                    • #11
                      Fretwork Clock

                      Thanks for the responses. I had it down between Roman Cathedral and Chimes of Normandy, but I think I'm leaning towards Chimes.
                      Check out my blog and see my creations! scrollbench.com

                      Check out my Etsy shop here!

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                      • #12
                        Wow...I started this thread 6 years ago (!!!). College and research made time fly and kept me from my saw. However, I ended up deciding on the Roman Cathedral clock, and recently completed it! While I was hoping to complete the clock before my 21st birthday, I'm proud of how it turned out despite being 3 years late, ha. If anyone has any questions about the pattern, please don't hesitate to contact me. There were a few errors in the pattern that I had to correct for, and I would be happy to pass those along. Great pattern and a lot of fun to make nonetheless
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                        • #13
                          Wow that's beautiful. In my disorganized mess I call a shop nothing could be found or finished that was started 6 years back.
                          Scott
                          Creator of fine designer sawdust.

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