LumberJocks

Balancing Clocks

  • Advertise with us
Project by fawig posted 08-28-2015 09:53 AM 1500 views 15 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these as gifts for friends/family members, after tweaking the design of my previous attempts.

-- "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." Phil 4:13





11 comments so far

View Grant Davis's profile (online now)

Grant Davis

760 posts in 3374 days


#1 posted 08-28-2015 10:08 AM

Very nice

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

View majuvla's profile

majuvla

9155 posts in 2333 days


#2 posted 08-28-2015 11:50 AM

Awesome! How you calculate ballance lenght?

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

View MasterSergeant's profile

MasterSergeant

1340 posts in 2154 days


#3 posted 08-28-2015 12:47 PM

Very Very nice! Hope you will share with us your secrets on how it’s made!! I cannot stop looking and wondering.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

View woodsawdustmaker's profile

woodsawdustmaker

37 posts in 3090 days


#4 posted 08-28-2015 01:44 PM

Very good looking clocks. Your idea is great. I bet several of us will try to copy your idea. Thanks for sharing.

-- Max - Birmingham, AL

View waho6o9's profile

waho6o9

7179 posts in 2043 days


#5 posted 08-28-2015 02:45 PM

Awesome work fawig!

View arvanlaar's profile

arvanlaar

40 posts in 664 days


#6 posted 08-28-2015 03:38 PM

I too would really like to know how you calculate numbers to balance them. I know my dad would love one of these for his office!

-- New to working and learning as much as I can :D

View JoeinGa's profile

JoeinGa

7483 posts in 1473 days


#7 posted 08-28-2015 07:09 PM

These are great! I really like the left one in the picture of the three. The round dowel used as a fulcrum makes it look more like it’s gonna teeter-totter.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

View helluvawreck's profile

helluvawreck

23189 posts in 2333 days


#8 posted 08-28-2015 07:25 PM

Hey!!! These are nice and make great projects. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

View Mean_Dean's profile

Mean_Dean

5059 posts in 2613 days


#9 posted 08-29-2015 12:08 AM

Great looking set of clocks—never seen this design before! I love the cantilevered design of them!

-- Dean

View hoss12992's profile

hoss12992

3832 posts in 1359 days


#10 posted 08-29-2015 01:16 AM

Amazing

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

View fawig's profile

fawig

58 posts in 2877 days


#11 posted 08-29-2015 12:50 PM

Thanks for all the encouraging comments!

Regarding the “calculations,” I must admit there was trial and error involved (which bothers me greatly since I’m an engineer!). I used SketchUp to get the proportions so they were visually appealing, focusing primarily on the angle (I used 55 degrees). I made the post and the horizontal pieces longer than needed, glued the post to the base, and assembled the clock (which I purchased from Woodcraft), clock housing, and horizontal pieces.

I clamped the horizontal assembly to the post (using a small clamp), then added another clamp to counterbalance the first clamp (does that make sense?). I tried different positions until it felt balanced and still looked proportional. I then trimmed to post and horizontal pieces to length and repeated the dry assembly to ensure it still balanced.

Admittedly, this is not very scientific! But there are places to “hide” weights to improve the balance after gluing everything together (i.e., behind the clock, inside the dowels, etc.); I had to do this on the set of 3 because the balance wasn’t solid.

Good luck!

-- "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." Phil 4:13

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com