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Project by twokidsnosleep posted 03-14-2011 03:15 AM 1461 views 8 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

...because he looks so happy “

Time out!!!
The dancing clock is finished and a wonderful girl is a happy ticker.
Woods are purpleheart and rock maple. I used linseed oil and beeswax polish as finishes and glad I did….kids are all over stuff like this and will go hand to mouth or mouth on wood so the less toxic the better and less volatiles to be stinky in her room. The purpleheart really glows nicely, fun to finish this wood.
The clock kit mechanism is really rinky-dink so this is a toy rather than a real clock…so much slop in the pendulum mechanism I can’t get it to track correctly. But not expensive and fun to make.

I wrote a blog on this if interested
http://lumberjocks.com/twokidsnosleep/blog/21473

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"





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ChuckM

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#1 posted 03-14-2011 03:25 AM

Great clock design for kids. My child is too grown up for that, may be my grandchild one day. Coincidentally, I just made some beeswax today…wax has no expiry date, I believe.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#2 posted 03-14-2011 04:40 AM

Scott, Nicely done. She looks quite happy as well to have met him.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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ous

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#3 posted 03-14-2011 05:01 AM

Scott, What a beautiful child and a good Father too. I’ll bet Mom is proud of you both. You are on the right track Scott. Oh! Yes the Clock. Great piece of work and well done. Down the road the smile on that clock will make many a day a little better. It already has made my day a little better.

-- Roy Montana

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twokidsnosleep

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#4 posted 03-14-2011 05:06 AM

Hey thanks for your kind words you guys, those made my day as well!
I have to retract my slag on the plastic clock mechanism…it is actually keeping time without the pendulum on it. We shall see how much time it gains or loses overnight. Might have to upgrade to a different mechanism if she wants to keep this as a real clock though.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#5 posted 03-14-2011 05:25 AM

very cool, your daughter looks very proud as she should be.good job!

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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lew

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#6 posted 03-14-2011 04:27 PM

Wow!!

I really like the idea of changing his “hair” to a different color of wood. This really adds to the the great look!

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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ous

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#7 posted 03-14-2011 04:42 PM

Scott: I have a Pendulum clock that hung on the wall and it gave me problems. I found that the pendulum swung further one way then the other because it was a tiny bit out of plumb. That is one possibility.

-- Roy Montana

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Bricofleur

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#8 posted 03-14-2011 05:06 PM

Great idea and nice clock. Or vice-versa! A happy child and a happy father/woodworker, what can you ask more! Hat’s off.

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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twokidsnosleep

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#9 posted 03-14-2011 08:11 PM

Thanks Serge, Lew and Dan I appreciate the comments

Roy, the pendulum swing is really sloppy on this mechanism….has a wide side to side but a huge front to back slop. The side to side was an issue, but I could not even get it to swing due to front to back issues. I tried to adjust it by turning the motor and then tried putting an offset bend in the arm but neither worked.
With the brass arm on, it pulls the plastic pendulum mechanism off its guide and into the back. Surprisingly it is keeping pretty good time overnight without the pendulum. When I walk past the clock in her room, I can hear the little arm move off its guide just from the vibrations of my substantial girth.
Don’t let this deter anyone against ordering the kit, it is not like it is a fun timepiece. Looks good with a pendulum, but without I get to see that gorgeous purple belly. She loves it and that is all that matters.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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twokidsnosleep

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#10 posted 03-15-2011 02:31 AM

”..it is not like it is a fun timepiece”

I meant to say it is just a fun timepiece, not meant to be serious. Sorry for bad editing.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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obi999

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#11 posted 10-17-2011 09:45 PM

Like it very much! The clock looks very happy and your daughter looks real happy too. Really good job!
Thank you for sharing

-- *** the german lumberjock ***

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twokidsnosleep

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#12 posted 10-23-2011 06:08 AM

Thanks Obi, good to hear form you!

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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steliart

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#13 posted 04-17-2012 02:02 PM

always love those happy clocks :))))

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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