Build a Tall Case Clock – Hands-on Class


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Second week of the class – 8/31 through 9/04 * *

The second week of the Simon Willard Tall Case class takes place 8/31 through 9/4, 2020. Be sure to mark your calendar and attend the second week of the class. Price includes the second week and is required for participation in the class. If you do not, or can not attend the second week, no refund or credit will be given. Click the checkbox below to acknowledge you understand this is a two-week class.

Lumber Pack – does not include works or hardware *

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The tall case clock is the focal point of many homes. To many woodworkers, the tall case clock represents the pinnacle of furniture making. This is your chance to reach that summit. Join me for this 2-week class and build something extraordinary – a Simon Willard tall case clock.

Tall Case Clock

You’ll start the first week of the class at the top. That’s right, the hood is where the project begins. It may be the smallest component of the entire clock, but there’s more to making a clock hood than meets the eye. It’s a complex case that will put all your skills to the test.

Week two begins with lower-case construction. You’ll build the structure that keeps the works and hood elevated for centuries. we wrap up the week with decorating the case with inlay stringing and shaded fans.


Some of the skills learned in the Tall Case Clock class are:

  • Making complex moldings
  • String inlay and shaded fans
  • Building two cases that fit together perfectly

Materials are not included in the class fee. Lumber for this project may be purchased through us or on your own and shipped to our shop at least four weeks prior to the class.

Each student should supply his, or her, own:

  • Safety glasses and hearing protection
  • Combination or machinist square
  • Bevel gauge
  • Bench chisels
  • Carvers mallet
  • Dovetail saw
  • Marking gauge
  • Smooth plane or jack plane
  • Block plane
  • Tape measure or folding rule

If you do not have the tools on the list, don’t panic, there are plenty of tools for your use in class.

Course Dates:

  • June 01 –  June 05, 2020  Due to Covid-19 this class is postponed
  • July 20 – 24, 2020 (New Dates) and
  • August 31 – Sept. 4, 2020

The shop opens at 8:30 am. Class begins at 9:00 am.  A delicious lunch, snacks, and soft drinks are provided. Class ends at 4:30 pm – the shop remains open until 5:30 pm.

The class is limited to a maximum of 3 students.

Call or email to be placed on the waiting list if this class sells out.


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