First off, thanks to David for the idea! I loved it, had to make my own, with my own twist. My old manager just recently retired, so i wanted to make him one. I started out with some white oak, mahogany, and not sure if beech or something else.
Thanks to the guys that helped me identify what i had.
I first cut the floating back. I liked that line in the grain so i wanted that to stay in the piece.
I then cut out the 2 sides.
I took the pics next to the square to give you an idea of sizes. I did not want to use nails or screws, so i cut a slot in the sides to set the floating back. Jigged up my router table.
Once I got those done i drilled the hole in the floating back for the clock movement only to realize the screw for the hands was not long enough to protrude the 3/8" thick floating back. I partially routed the back side to allow the screw to protrude, i used my chisel to do what i didnt get with the router.
So the center is cut so i glued it and clamped it.
I was torn on the base, like i previously said i didn’t want to use nails or screws, but i felt a simple press on glued joint would not suffice (prob would, but i didnt like the look) I laid out where the sides would fall and took a chisel and made very shallow grooves.
Once that was done i was ready for assembly. This thing is about 9.5" wide, 9" tall, and about 4.25" deep, and it weighs 2.5lbs!! It feels solid. I am very happy with the results. Once again thanks David for the great idea!!