Simple Gear Test

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Project by Jeremy Greiner posted 11-10-2010 06:10 AM 2801 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m waiting for my tablesaw to be delivered so I decided to spend some time getting to know a scroll saw my neighbor gave me when he found out I was taking up woodworking.

I really like the work over at woodgears and thought it would be neat to make some of my own gears so I did a print out from and cut it out on 1/4’’ MDF.

MDF isn’t the best for this type of work, but it was fun and I’m going to do some more gears and string them together.

-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer:

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#1 posted 11-10-2010 07:54 AM


Be careful!! That website will have you building all sorts of smoke grinders out of wooden gears. He does some pretty slick stuff; much of it just because he can.

But then the folks around this site do some pretty amazing stuff, too.


-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 11-10-2010 01:45 PM

Hi Jeremy,

Nice job on this. M.D.F. is a bit hard on the blades, and dusty, too.

How come you didn’t cut out the middle parts?

Looks good.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 11-10-2010 03:31 PM

Nice job. Gears are cool.

1/4” Baltic Birch plywood works pretty good too. And you don’t have to worry about thicknessing it or it warping later.

Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Jeremy Greiner

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#4 posted 11-10-2010 03:36 PM

The MDF was the only thing I had around that was big enough, and small enough. I broke down some 1/2’’ ply into smaller pieces that I’m going to make some more gears out of.

I didn’t cut out the inside because I was very happy with how the gear turned out, I didn’t want to ruin it.

When I get more successes I’ll start cutting out the insides.

-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer:

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Don Johnson

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#5 posted 11-10-2010 06:07 PM

If you do do the middles as well, you could get a job making signs for the local Rotary Club!

Are you going to make more – perhaps in different sizes – and mount them so that they mesh and rotate each other ?

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#6 posted 11-10-2010 08:43 PM

really nice gear.
At the local childrens muesum they have a bunch of these that are stuck to magnets, different sizes but all that spin. They are all stuck to a piece of steel on the wall. You can move them all around and make big chains of gears all spinning.
If I can convince my husband that a wall in the living room would look good in steel I am so doing this.

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Jeremy Greiner

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#7 posted 11-11-2010 11:14 PM

I do plan to make more, my scroll saw blade broke, the local borg stores don’t have the blade I want (I liked the current blade and would like to match it) I’ll make my way out to the local woodcraft tomorrow after work.

Which means I should get a couple gears made this weekend!


-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer:

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Scott Hildenbrand

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#8 posted 11-13-2010 06:52 PM

Looks like you did alot more work than needed on those teeth. It’s far easier to use a drill bit the size of the back section and to simple drill out the inside and then cut the teeth out.

Be sure to watch his video on cutting gears out.

Regardless, nice work! :)

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