Grandfather Clock

Marc Spagnuolo

The Grandfather Clock is a formidable time piece. Standing 76 7/8” tall, 28 1/8” wide, and 13 1/2” deep, this clock will be the showpiece of any room it resides in. Built from quartersawn white oak, it features Arts & Crafts styling with a touch of Stickley influence. The through tenon construction is beautiful and sturdy and the dark brown finish gives the project a warm and handsome appearance.

  • 19 lessons
  • 195 min
  • $90.00

This project was designed with specific clock parts in mind and we have a special 20% discount with for our members. Please note that the clock movement is not cheap. Take a look at the Hermle Movement we use for this project.

What You’ll Receive:

  • Detailed cut list and plans including a PDF and a SketchUp file (Metric and Imperial).
  • Hours of detailed video instruction (19 videos in total) showing every step of the build.
  • All videos and plans are digital and will be available for download upon purchase. 

What You’ll Learn:

  • The Design Process
  • Wood Selection & Grain Considerations
  • Through Mortise & Tenon Construction
  • Cutting Tapered Legs
  • Frame & Panel Construction
  • Hinge Installation
  • Glass Installation
  • Aging Brass Hardware
  • Setting up a Clock Movement
  • Finishing with Dye and Lacquer

What You’ll Need:


  • Planer/Jointer (alternatives: purchase pre-milled lumber kits or use hand planes)
  • Tablesaw
  • Dado Stack (for making tenons)
  • Router
  • Festool Domino (although I used this tool you can substitute dowels, biscuits, pocket screws, or classic mortise and tenons which I demo in the video)
  • Bandsaw (alternative: Jigsaw)
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill
  • Miter Saw (alternatives: Cross-cut Sled or Miter Gauge at Table Saw)
  • Random Orbit Sander
  • Hand Tools – Chisels, Flush Trim Saw, Shoulder Plane, Card Scraper



  • Hinges – Unfortunately, the hinges I used in this project have been discontinued. The alternative is a very nice hinge from Horton Brasses that’s available in several finishes.
  • Door Pulls
  • Clock Movement (You can install a different movement but you’ll need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and adjust the plans accordingly)
  • Clock Parts Kit
  • 1/2” Rare Earth Magnets
  • Leg Levelers
  • 1/8″ Thick Glass

About Your Instructor:

Marc is a podcaster, video producer, woodworking enthusiast, and author of Hybrid Woodworking and Essential Joinery. He has contributed articles and video content to, Popular Woodworking Magazine, WOOD Magazine, and Woodcraft Magazine. He is also the host of The Wood Whisperer, an instructional woodworking video series that’s been going strong since 2006. He is also one of the hosts of the Wood Talk podcast. He has taught classes at the William Ng School, Marc Adams School, Weekend with Wood, Fine Woodworking Live, as well as at various Rockler and Woodcraft stores. He also speaks periodically at woodworking events like AWFS and IWF.