Clockmaker's bench, mid-way through construction

Progress on my Clockmaker’s Bench

In August I bought an old, 7-drawer student’s desk at a garage sale. Since then I’ve been converting it to a clockmaker’s bench. This note is a quick update; I plan to write a full, sort-of-how-to set of posts once I’ve completed it.

I learned amateur clock repairers often make their own benches, starting from a solid writing desk. I bought mine at a garage sale.

My original desk, for $15 US
My original desk, for $15 US

The main changes I’m making to turn this desk into a clockmaker’s desk:

  1. Replace most of the drawers with a lot more, thinner drawers.
  2. Add height to bring the desktop to a comfortable 33 inches (about 84 cm).
  3. Add a trim around the desktop, to keep parts from rolling off.
  4. Paint the whole thing, because I didn’t think I could match the new drawers to the old stain.

Here’s a mid-way picture of the new drawers and height:

Drawers added and height increased
Drawers added and height increased

I also made my own 3D printed knobs for the drawers.

My custom, 3D printed drawer pull knobs
My custom, 3D printed drawer pull knobs

At this point I’ve added the trim along the top, routed a pencil trough in the desktop front to catch rolling parts, and am almost done painting the desk, less the drawers.

Almost done painting the carcass
Almost done painting the carcass

I expect painting the 22 (!) drawers will take quite a while. Again, I plan to write a set of “how I did it” blog posts once the project is done. Wish me luck!

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