Building a Shaker Wall Clock
Choose your movement first, then build the clock around it
Synopsis: Contributing editor Christian Becksvoort demonstrates the construction of a Shaker-style clock in this article with detailed project plans. Using an original clock for inspiration, Becksvoort demonstrates universal techniques for clockmaking while building a classic piece from cherry. He offers several options for construction so you can choose how closely you will follow the original. Among the tips he shares to perfect your clock are making the case to fit the clock parts, not the other way around, and fitting the door. Side information discusses clock movements, custom dials, and dial painting.
Isaac Newton Youngs, a Shaker brother who lived in the Mount Lebanon, New York community, built only 14 of these clocks, yet they still stand out as a hallmark of Shaker style. Some clocks were built with a glass door below, and a few were made with glass set into the side panels. My favorite is housed in…