The Isaac Youngs wall
clock is a decidedly timeless piece.
At the end of this
article you will have a chance to see a short video
of this clock being made.
The original clock, made by Youngs in the 1840 is in the
collection of Hancock Shaker Village, Hancock Mass. Even though
time seems to be my worst enemy these days, I thought I would
have a go at making one.
The overall measurements I used for this clock came from Ejner
Handberg’s second volume of Shop Drawings of Shaker Furniture
and Woodenware. Mr. Handberg’s dimensions were documented from
the original clock.
I am not sure what kind of wood the original clock was made
from. For the one here I used American cherry. One nice thing
about this project is, it can be made from very little material.
The cherry for this clock is made of scraps left over from
building my kitchen cabinets a few years back.
How the case of the original clock is joined together, I could
not discern from the pictures I was able to find, so I used
wedged thru mortise and tenons.
The sides of the case are 31 1/4in x 3 1/8in x 5/8in. The tenons
that join the sides to the top and bottom are 5/8in square and
5/8 in length. To cut these use a cutting gauge and scribe a
line a shade over 5/8in around the ends of the side boards. Then
lay out the two tenons about 3/8inch in from the edges.
Using a dovetail saw, tenon shoulders down to the gauge line
then clean out the waste between the tenons with a coping saw