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Free Plan: Shaker Wall Clock

comments (10) June 30th, 2010 in blogs

akap Anissa Kapsales, associate editor
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CLICK HERE to download the free PDF article and woodworking plan for Becksvoorts clock.
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CLICK HERE to download the free PDF article and woodworking plan for Becksvoort's clock.

Although Edgar Allan Poe might not agree, I find the sound of a clock ticking to be comforting, relaxing, meditative. Of course, I don't have a body buried in my floorboards. A wall clock is definitely on my ever-expanding list of things to build, and when that does happen I'll use Chris Becksvoort's article "A Shaker Wall Clock" as a springboard for my own design. 

While I am a big fan of the Shaker design ethic, most of the furniture in my house leans toward Mid-Century modern, so my wall clock will probably reflect that aesthetic (which borrows a great deal from the Shakers, by the way). But it still makes sense for me to go to this plan to get started. Becksvoort gives great tips on purchasing the right movement, building the clock around the specific movement, and simple yet sound construction tips.

Check out a few other cool wall clocks I found. And as I begin thinking of the design for my clock I'd be interested to see what other people are doing out there...


 A "Nifty Cabinet."  Jeff Johnson of Poughkeepsie, NY came up with this clock/cabinet (above) that tells the time and provides storage with a unique access panel. Photo: Al Nowak

Granadillo, hemlock, and snakewood clock. This wall clock is one of my favorite Fine Woodworking Readers Gallery pieces. Russell Gale built it during his time at the College of the Redwoods. Since then he has moved to North Carolina and joined forces with Brian Boggs. Photo: David Welter.

CLICK HERE to download the free PDF article and woodworking plan for Becksvoort's clock.

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Comments (10)

sandylns sandylns writes: I had no problems downloading the plans. I use IE8 and Nuance pdf reader. I found the newer version of Adobe, version X, is not as user friendly as the previous versions. Subscribers may want to check out other pdf readers that are available free. Google Nuance and try their free pdf reader. Also, CNET has more readers available from different software companies, also free.
Posted: 7:23 pm on February 24th

GEide GEide writes: Hi Folks,

Some people contacted customer service to say they're having trouble downloading this plan. I personally am able to download it without issue, but Customer Service shared these troubleshooting tips for people experiencing issues:

They believe it is either a Google Chrome issue or an Adobe Reader issue. If you are using Google Chrome, try right clicking to open it.

Otherwise, download Adobe Reader and restart. At go to Downloads, then choose Adobe Reader and install. Restart. Then, try downloading the plan again and right click to open or save if necessary.

Questions? Please follow up with customer service: Email or Phone: 800-477-8727 9am-5pm ET Mon-Fri

Thanks, Gina,

Posted: 10:18 am on February 22nd

Stubail Stubail writes: I built my first one in pine and 3 completed in oak and one in the knottiest and stained oak available.
All given to friends and relatives.
Pictures cannot convey the simple beauty of this clock case.
In my opinion this project is an excellent way to develop woodworking skills.
Hoping to get around to making one for me in butternut.
Thanks Christian Becksvoort and FW.
Posted: 7:11 pm on January 2nd

rob77dm rob77dm writes: I am also having problems downloading the pdf file. The first page is OK, but I get a series of errors and blank pages after the cover.
Posted: 5:44 pm on July 7th

GEide GEide writes: I emailed copies of the plan to dustee and Pierre Groulx. If others run into trouble downloading this plan, contact our customer service department and they can help:

Email or Phone: 800-477-8727 9am-5pm ET Mon-Fri

@Bidgybudget: Yes, please post photos of the clocks that you made in our gallery.

Thanks, Gina,
Posted: 10:39 am on July 7th

dustee dustee writes: I also couldn't download the PDF. When downloading I got plans for a oak bookcase.
Posted: 8:29 pm on July 6th

glh17 glh17 writes: Pierre,
I could not download the pdf directly in my Google Chrome browser. However, I did get it to download correctly by right-clicking on the "Clck Here to download the free pdf article and woodworking plan for Beckvoort's clock. After you right-click, hit the "save link as..." and you should be able to download the file as a pdf to whatever directory you want.
Posted: 8:18 pm on July 6th

dmiddlet dmiddlet writes: Plan PDF downloaded fine with Firefox. Nice clock. I am collecting some nice wood from a local lumber yard and will put it to good use on this.
Posted: 7:48 pm on July 6th

SnoogthePoog SnoogthePoog writes: This looks like a very interesting plan, unfortunately, the PDF file does not download properly. Is this a local problem or do other readers have the same problem.

Pierre Groulx
Posted: 6:54 pm on July 6th

Bidgybudget Bidgybudget writes: This is one of my favorite projects of Mr Becksvoort's thanks for posting the plans.

I will post a couple of shots of a clock I made for my daughter's school auction in the gallery.

PS. Nice to know your conscience is clear vis a vis bodies under floor boards too!
Posted: 12:42 pm on July 6th

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