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Sneak Peek: Lyre Wall Clock Kit

We are excited to introduce this exclusive sneak peek of our upcoming Lyre wall clock kit. Since the introduction of the Mora Floor Clock and the gratifying customer response to its woodworking plan, we wanted to explore a similar style lyre wall clock concept as a ready-to-assemble clock kit product.

Clock Design

Because of the need to utilize bendable plywood between the front and back case frames, we decided to make a pre-manufacture clock case mockup to test and verify that our clock configuration was feasible.


Understanding the focus and intent of the mockup pictured above, rest assured the actual finished clock case design will have styling upgrades, to include: 1. refined front/back case frame and front lower/upper door styling. 2 Gracefully arched front case trim rather than the flat front trim on the mockup. 3. A crown finial treatment at the top of the clock 4. Stacked bottom pediment that has a gentle return from top to bottom to accentuate the overall symmetry of the clock case.

The lower fixed pendulum door will have a glass insert panel, as will the hinged to dial door to provide easy accessibility to the clock hands.


The completed clock case will measure 35″ height x 11″ width x 5-1/4″ depth. The clock will come with a quartz chiming pendulum clock movement and a Roman Numeral clock dial. Although subject to change, we plan to produce this clock kit in Cherry wood.

What To Expect

This beautiful wall clock design is moving forward with meticulous care to ensure it will be fun to build and finish, but also that it’s a clock our customers will be extremely proud to display in their own homes or to give as a treasured gift to loved ones.

This new wooden clock making kit will be suitable for the intermediate to experienced woodworker. It will provide a reasonable degree of difficulty of assembly along with a real sense of satisfaction and pride in completing the kit project.

Your Turn!

Tell Us: What type of paint and/or stain would you be inclined to use on this wall clock? Tell us your preferences in the comments section below!

Written By: John Cooper

John spent the better part of the 28 years he was employed by Klockit, designing hundreds of clock and furniture kits and plans and has continued with product design since his retirement in 2008. John’s love of clocks, his passion for creating furniture for his own home as well as for family, and his great appreciation for the beautiful finished pieces Klockit customers make from our kits and plans inspire him to continue to create still more new clock and furniture designs.


14 comments on “Sneak Peek: Lyre Wall Clock Kit

  1. Rex Wisehart
    May 6, 2015

    If this is a wall clock why does it have a “foot” on it. Can it be removed, leaving the bottem rounded to look like a wall clock?

    • Klockit
      May 6, 2015

      Hi Rex, good question! The clock pictured is a “first draft” of the design. The final design of this wall clock will not have a foot on it and will be rounded at the bottom.

  2. R. G. Finkenaur
    May 6, 2015

    Can you produce the kit with the foot as an option ?
    It would look great sitting on a corner table.

    Cherry finished with a light GUNSTOCK stain and clear shellac.

    • Klockit
      May 6, 2015

      It would look great sitting on a corner table! But unfortunately the kit will not be produced with the foot as an option. We would recommend building a small base/foot to hold the finished clock kit. If you need help with dimensions for an add-on like that, just let us know! We’d be happy to help you modify to your liking.

  3. R. C. Bleacher
    May 6, 2015

    Lyre wall clock kit looks great. The foot should be an option for the customer to add or save. I would use gunstocks stain with an addition of some color on the front molding.

  4. Ron Glass
    May 6, 2015

    If the wood in the picture is actual, then I would b be inclined to use an antiquing finish to add the grain. If the actual wood has good grain, then I would use an oil stain with varnish with many rubbed coats.

    • Klockit
      May 6, 2015

      Hi Ron, the wood in the picture is not the actual wood that will be included in the kit – it will have good grain. An oil stain with varnish would look great on this design. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Chuck von Flotow
    May 6, 2015

    I would want a stainable hardwood, like birch, maple, oak or cherry etc.. Another option to consider is beveled glass for the pendulum section and maybe the clock face. Definitely make the base an item to be left off if desired–or make two different models. I built an Emperor grandfather clock kit many decades ago and the look of beveled glass was well worth the extra cost.

  6. Phil Block
    May 7, 2015

    Will the front glass have an etched pattern, that would add a nice touch as opposed to just clear glass?

    • Klockit
      May 11, 2015

      Hi Phil, the front glass is plain as of right now. What would you suggest for an etched pattern?

  7. Lee Ellsworth
    May 11, 2015

    I love the look natural cherry which is thee way I would finish it clear shellac. also beveled glass would look great with it.

  8. Jim Dayton
    May 12, 2015

    As Cherry tends to ‘blotch’, I would use a dye stain (instead of a pigment stain). Also, by using a dye stain, I can create the exact color needed for the room location of the clock. I like to finish my projects with “Waterlox” Original wood finish, as follows:

    I wipe on the “Waterlox” ‘Original Sealer/Finish’; typically doing four (4) coats that are each thinned 50% with paint thinner. The 1st coat is applied it liberally, without wiping any of it off, and letting it soak in and cure for 24-hrs. I then appy three (3) more light coats, letting each coat cure for 24-hours.

  9. Eugene Sturm
    May 18, 2015

    Looking forward to availability and pricing.

    • alfred page
      May 22, 2015

      I am looking forward to this new design, hope a mechanical movement will fit in.

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