Wood Clock Case Restoration


Next Workshop Dates: May 14 - 15, 2022

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

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Introduction: The goal of this introductory level restoration class is to teach historically accurate restoration of wooden clock cases. Today, many wooden mantel, wall and tallcase clocks, which were made in the 18th and 19th Centuries, require enhancement and restoration to improve their appearance.

Beginning students, as well as more experienced members, are encouraged to attend. If you have taken this class before, bring a clock case that you would like to restore and we will provide additional instruction and the re-finishing supplies you need.

If you have a wooden case with special restoration needs, please contact the instructor prior to the class start date.

Prerequisites: None

What you will learn: Students will be instructed in the assessment of case finish and appropriate corrective procedures. Techniques, ranging from cleaning and waxing to total refinishing, will be addressed. Where finishes are severely deteriorated, instruction will be given concerning color restoration and appropriate top coat application.

Because many of these early clock cases had shellac top coats, this class covers applying shellac and French Polishing, using period materials and techniques. There will be limited information provided concerning wood stabilization and veneering. The class will consist of short lectures, handouts and a lot of hands-on experience.

Supplies and Tools: The more difficult to obtain tools and supplies will be provided to practice restoration techniques in class. All registered students will be sent a list of hand tools and supplies they will need to bring.

If the student does not currently have the necessary tools and supplies, they can be purchased at local home builder stores, such as Lowe’s and Home Depot.

Students are encouraged to bring their own wooden clock case to start assessment and restoration. It is best to take the movement out of the case before bringing the case to class.

In the event you do not have a wooden case, the Chapter has a few that can be used for practice restoration.

Instructor: M. Dee Koch

Email: mdkoch@att.net

Phone: 903-939-0950

For registration other than online, contact the Education Director:


Larry Thomas

Chapter 124, NAWCC

1324 Snow Mountain Cir

Keller, TX 76248-3223

Page updated March, 2022.

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