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18thC Grandfather Clock Fretwork

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Early 19thC Mahogany Longcase Clock fretwork panel repair. Above image shows the clock hood with the remains of one of it’s fretted side panels. The fretwork panel on the other side of the clock hood is missing completely. This project consists of making up two new fretwork panels and ageing them to match the original finish and colour of the clock case itself.

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Two thin pieces of period mahogany were used for the panels. A tracing was made from what remained of the original pattern then extended to fill a complete panel.

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The tracing of the original fretwork is  then glued to the two thin wooden mahogany panels which are glued together as one. (this saves cutting out two separate panels) This new wooden doubled up panel is then cut out on a fretsaw as in the above image. The timber used for the new panels is antique mahogany with each panel around 4mm thick. Each fretted shaped hole took between 5 to 15 minutes. I love doing this type of work as it concentrates the mind and the end result is so satisfying but it’s not much good for the bank balance! These particular panels were made for a Bristol client but my latest fretwork project (longcase clock panels) was for a trade client in Derbyshire.

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Here are the two new fretwork panels after being separated. The two thin panels were glued together used thinned scotch glue then soaked in water until the two panels came apart.

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The two new fretwork clock panels stained and polished with a backing paper applied so as to replicate the originals.

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The fretwork restoration  now finished and installed in the clock hood from the inside.

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