Pennsylvania Tall Clock – Part I
The hood is one-third of this curly maple masterpiece, but it's half the work
Synopsis: In the first of a two-part series, woodworking teacher Lonnie Bird details plans for building a Pennsylvania tall clock. The design, which incorporates details found on several 17th-century clocks, is basically three stacked boxes—the hood, waste and base. This article focuses on the hood, which is built to fit around the mechanical clockwork and incorporates mortise-and-tenon joinery, half-blind dovetails, arched moldings, and turned columns.
A detailed cut list is also available for this project.
From Fine Woodworking #171
With its decorated hood towering above the floor, a tall clock commands attention. Tall clocks, often referred to as grandfather clocks, are among the most elegant forms of 18th-century furniture. You can dress up a tall clock with embellishments, such as a gooseneck pediment complete with carved rosettes and finials, or you can choose to build…