Evan’s Ribbon Mahogany Wall Clock

As a student at NBSS I needed a project for my first summer off. I work part time for one of the New Hampshire furniture masters, but I still needed something interesting to keep my skills up, other then what I am doing at work.

I chose this clock as my first project. It is 100 percent my own design. The inspiration is drawn from my love for period furniture and also from details I saw in Richard Oedel (My boss) and Garret Hacks work. The hole case is hand dovetailed construction with a shiplap back. The door is wrapped in Holly and the banding is Ebony and Holly. I finished it with around 80 coats of padded super blonde Shellac to help seal and shine the piece. I then added 3 coats of Waterlox original to help protect it. It was rubbed out with deluxing compound.


  1. Mikey R April 17, 2013

    Very cool! Tidy work, that flawless finish must have taken a while!

    Im planning making a dovetailed wall cabinet rather similar (but simpler!) to this carcass, is it historically typical to have the tails on the top and the pins on the side pieces? I would have thought that, for a hanging piece, having the tails on the sides and pins on the top and base would allow you to hang from the top and not worry about gravity pulling your dovetails apart.


  2. Thomas G. Kaiser April 17, 2013

    I like the joints and inlay….. one day I’m going to give a go to inlay. Very nice clock now it’s time go start on something else………. Don’t worry, you will be into another project before you know it.

  3. Evan- beautiful! I envy your NBSS time….can you talk a little about ’80 coats’ – does that provide additional depth or luster? thanks, Rusty

  4. Ryan April 17, 2013

    An exceptional piece. You can really see the Garret Hack influence in it.

  5. Very Nice Evan,

    I’m in the process of making something similar…A Hancock Shaker clock built as per the plans by Christian Becksvoort on FFW website. I’ve made a few changes including doing a shiplapped beaded back very similar to what you’ve done. I cam very close to purchasing ribbon mahogany for my clock but ended up using cherry instead. how was working with the mahogany? is the grain very interlocked?

  6. Jeremy April 17, 2013

    Why bother with all the coats of shellac if you are just going to cover it with waterlox in the end?

  7. Aaron May 20, 2013

    This man is a thief. Do not work with him under any circumstances. He takes money from dozens of people on Etsy and other sites and then stops returning calls and emails. He has stolen literally thousands of dollars from people all over the country. Worse, he makes people like me suspicious of artisens who are honest and hard working. He should be in jail. He took down his page on etsy but here are some other customers he stole from: http://www.custommade.com/by/e.....odworking/

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