Balancing Clocks

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Project by fawig posted 08-28-2015 09:53 AM 1599 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

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

Very nice

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

Awesome! How you calculate ballance lenght?

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#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.

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#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.

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

Awesome work fawig!

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#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!

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#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.

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

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

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#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!

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


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#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

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