Randy Sharp from Sawdust Inn recently finished his first grandfather clock! It may have took a little longer than Randy had hoped, but he did a fantastic job on one of the most important stages of a clock build…the finishing.
Instead of staining his project, Randy wanted the naturally dark cherry color of the wood to shine through. So he began by sanding all the parts with finer courses of sandpaper, finishing with a hand-sanding to 220 grit paper.
Then he helped the aging process by exposing the clock assembly to the UV rays of direct sunlight. Thanks to two sunny days, the cherry was noticeably darker! Randy then added a generous coat of Boiled Linseed Oil to help move it towards a rich golden brown. Last but not least, he finished it off with three coats of polyurethane for long-lasting protection. As nature takes it course, the clock will eventually reach a rich, deep crimson red.
Here’s a sneak peek of his finished project! See the full reveal here.
In Randy Sharp’s 12 years of hobby woodworking at the Sawdust Inn, there have only been two dream projects on his bucket list: a full-sized roll top desk and an heirloom grandfather clock.
Randy recently finished up the roll top desk and it turned out great!
He’s now moving onto a grandfather clock build, specifically the Columbia grandfather clock from our popular Cooper Collection of woodworking plans. Randy believes one of the most elegant pieces of furniture to occupy a home is the grandfather clock. And we agree! We’re excited to follow him through the process of handcrafting more than 80 pieces out of hand-selected cherry wood.
Randy is going to create a series of blog posts and short how-to videos on the grandfather clock build. We invite you to follow along and get an inside look at the detailed craftsmanship required to finish this advanced clock project.
Stay tuned for the first major step in the build – constructing the main frame of the grandfather clock, which requires a first-time woodworking technique for Randy!
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From tree to furniture, we love hearing about these types of woodworking projects! Randy Sharp from the Sawdust Inn recently shared a project he was working on…a massive rolltop desk build.
The tree from which this rolltop desk was built was originally cut in April 2013. Randy cut the lumber and stored it in his shop for months with no real plans to use it anytime soon. But then on February 20, he took the first step in building his dream project by cutting the first board for the rolltop desk build.
This was Randy’s first project from quarter-sawn white oak and the first time using a fuming technique to color the wood. He said it was a very educational and enjoyable process.
Read about Randy’s project from the beginning on the Sawdust Inn Blog. A huge shoutout to Randy for sharing his impressive project with us. Thank you for sharing!