Sprocket Clock #1: Gears!

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Blog entry by GoGoZRX posted 12-08-2009 04:58 PM 1661 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I cut the gears as best I could…

using a sprocket as a template, I traced the outline of 6 teeth onto some paper. I then traced it onto the clock. i didn’t have a drill press, or the right size bit, so I free-handed the holes, then used the band saw, and the dremel. It went back on the lathe to turn off the gouges I made with the drill, and to get a final sanding on the face. I used Minwax furniture wax.

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and waxed:

-- chip junkie, motorcyclist, skydiver, geek.

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#1 posted 12-08-2009 07:41 PM

That looks fantastic. The reason I have been working on a cnc router is so I can do work like this, I can’t imagine doing this by hand

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#2 posted 12-09-2009 12:58 AM

Try this next time!

The website is run buy a dude who is an engineer/programmer/woodworker. He’s even got some tutorials on ways to easily cut gear teeth with some jigs.

Good luck!

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, you have an electrical problem. Roanoke, VA

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#3 posted 12-13-2009 06:44 PM

I just read “Longitude” about the carpenter that made the first marine chronometer, and almost completely out of wood. Excellent read, and it’s given me the clock bug. I’ve got a ton of projects to do before anything like that, but I’m still percolating on a wooden clock “someday”. Fortunately, we have a ton of magnificent examples on LJ’s. Keep us posted on your awesome project!

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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