Schoolhouse Regulator Clock

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Build a classic with timeless good looks.

Designer/Builder/Writer: Robert J. Settich

The Schoolhouse Regulator Clock is an icon of American design that looks every bit as good hanging in your home as it does in a learning institution. To make quick and accurate work cutting part angles, we designed a set of accurate and easy-to-build mitering and splining jigs. You’ll find these plenty useful for dozens of other projects once you’ve built the clock and put it into service.

Though red oak is the traditional favorite wood for a schoolhouse clock, I made this one from cherry. But let’s not forget walnut or maple. The important thing, regardless of wood choice, lies in selecting stock with a straight and subdued grain pattern. Wildly figured wood could overpower the architecture of the clock’s design. 

One more thing, the quartz calendar movement indicates the day of the month with its third hand pointing to the outer ring. Finally, it’s worth noting that all of the components are reasonably priced.

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