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Project by halfacre posted 04-17-2017 12:42 PM 591 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Maple was used for all pieces. And one color of dye stain was used for all the pieces also. The carved pieces was thinned and was soaked over night and the body was air brushed with the same stain but with less clear thinner, and I used acetone for the thinner. The swinging pendulum bob weighs about the same as the round copper bob that came with the movement and it came from Klockit. It just might be the only people who might want to purchase this clock be from Texas with a Methodist church background but hey, gotta start somewhere. And I can change that part if some Yankee Doodle Dandy shows up on my door step… Clear gloss lacquer is the culprit that brought the shine.
The movement called for a 3/16” or less thickness for the stem which also called for a 5/16” hole to stick through for the hands and it said the swinging pendulum would be set back 1/2” from the face of the wood. All movements have different specks so be aware when building a clock for it is better to have the movement in your hand before starting to carve up the wood.

Halfacre

Jess

-- halfacre, Breckenridge, Tx





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BenDupre

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#1 posted 04-17-2017 02:01 PM

I can see tou have mastered the craft! How are you going to top this one? I would love to build a cuckoo clock because my grandmother had one hanging and i remember it from childhood. My skills are not up to “Bavarian” just yet. I made the craftsman clock from Woodsmith and i want to make more.

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#2 posted 04-17-2017 03:00 PM

Ben all it takes is the right attitude and a scroll saw would help a bunch. Just find the pictures of things that would look good around the cuckoo clock print the pictures, buy a cheap printer , enlarge or reduce the pictures to a good size that will go with the size of the clock and you are almost got it done. Glue the pictures on some wood and cut them out with the scroll saw.I use no knives at all , just a dremel with a flex shaft and some good bits from Wood Carvers Supply and you are almost finished building that clock. Its not that hard and your clocks will be one of a kind. Klockit has a cuckoo movement and you furnish the ginger bread…... I can help, just ask when you get stumped…. I like to go to half-priced book stores in the dallas- fort worth areas for lots of pictures of things I will make if I don’t expire before then… After I give it some thought a cuckoo clock would be the simplest to build for any shape and kind of a box then the gingerbread is just attached here and there out in the open on the top, sides and bottom more or less…

-- halfacre, Breckenridge, Tx

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#3 posted 04-17-2017 03:31 PM

Thanks Jess. I might try it. So you carve with Dremel? That might be do able for me. I have a cheap scroll saw but i keep snapping blades every time i use it. I also have a benchtop bandsaw that i just bought a 1/8 scrolling blade for. Might be useful for outside cuts.

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#4 posted 04-17-2017 04:23 PM

You said a cheap scroll saw. Does it take pinless or pin type blades and where do you buy the blades. No HD or Lowes or hardware places has good blades.

-- halfacre, Breckenridge, Tx

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#5 posted 04-17-2017 04:30 PM

Got the saw at Menards for about $80. Got the blades there too. They are pin ended blades. Idk what brand they are. What do you recommend?

What i do not like about my scrollsaw: the arm doesnt swing up out of the way So it it difficult to thread the blade through the hole in your workpiece. That and blades breaking.

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#6 posted 04-17-2017 10:09 PM

I like Olson blades and I get mine from Sloans woodshop. For general sawing nothing real small a 5 or 7 size. The precision cut blades are my favorites and seem to out last all other blades. My opinion only… I also like the Flying Dutchman blades, german made and again the 5 and 7 are good. I used to buy the Flying dutchman blades from Mikes Workshop but he sold out to one of the scroll saw sales places and I can’t remember who it is. I buy my blades by the gross, cheaper that way, and haven’t needed to order any lately. Maybe someone will read this and tell us who Mikes sold to. But I know nothing about the pinned end blades but the olson brand does have the 5” pinned sizes.

www.sloanswoodshop.com

You really need to get a scroll saw that uses pinless blades. It does not have to be the most expensive but you will find you can’t get really small inside cuts having to stick a pinned blade through the small holes that are required for things like small letters in names and things.

These are things that a pinned end scroll saw might not be able to make since some of the holes are very small.
Also If you will forget the spiral blades you will learn how to control a regular blade much sooner than messing with the spirals..

-- halfacre, Breckenridge, Tx

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#7 posted 04-17-2017 10:30 PM

https://www.woodenteddybearonline.com is the place for Flying Dutchman blades but I don’t know if they have pinned end blades? And start out with the sizes in the middle, too small and they will break too often and too large of teeth and a person would have trouble controlling them in tight turns.

halfacre

-- halfacre, Breckenridge, Tx

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#8 posted 04-18-2017 01:18 AM

Great job on that clock and thanks for the information.

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#9 posted 04-18-2017 01:29 AM

Ok i have olson blades. They are 5 inch pin blades. I have an assortment. Not sure what to use for what. I will have to figure that out. I may start out on something simple but i will work my way up to the cuckoo clock. Thanks for the inspiration.

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#10 posted 04-18-2017 03:34 AM

WOW.

Bob

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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