Newport-Style Tall Clock
Tackling the tricky details
Synopsis: Robert Effinger has developed ways of making short work of the details in making a tall clock, and here he shares several. He isn’t a period purist, so he’s modified some elements of the Newport original, such as allowing for seasonal movement. Buy the movement and make the dial before you start cutting anything, he suggests, since the depth of the movement determines the depth of the case. He breaks the clock into three sections: the base, the waist, and the hood. He explains how to pin-rout the swan-neck moldings, how to turn a quarter column, and how to make ogee bracket feet. Fold-out drawings clarify the parts and assembly involved in the clock.
When I moved to Maine in 1970, I left behind a career as a tool-and-die maker. Working with wood instead of metal, I managed to eke out a living selling my turned bowls…