My wooden gear clock.

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Project by Steve Good posted 07-24-2011 12:17 PM 6027 views 8 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have always been fascinated by those beautiful working wooden gear clocks. I even went so far as to buy plans from Clayton Boyer and build one a few years ago. Wow, what a job it was. It takes hours after you get things cut and assembled just to get it to run smoothly.

I almost had my mind made up to build another one when my laziness took over. I decided I would make a completely non-functional gear train and just plop a clock insert in it. It was suppose to be a gag but when my wife saw it she loved it. I never know what she is going to say about one of my off the wall projects.

One thing I have discovered is that the more time I put into a project and the more difficult it is to make the more I like it. These things seem to have absolutely no bearing on whether my wife will hate it or love it. She judges my projects with eyes that could not care less about woodworking skills.

I think this is a great lesson about what customers think about the stuff we make. They for the most part could care less about the skill level required to build the project. They either like it or not based on many different factors but not the ones we want them to care about sometimes.

-- Steve Good,

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#1 posted 07-24-2011 02:51 PM

I like it too, very nice!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#2 posted 07-24-2011 04:30 PM

I looks good, I would have kept the gears functional. For what purpose? None, other than it would be fun to turn.

-- When questioned about using glue on a garbage bin I responded, "Wood working is about good technique and lots of glue........I have the glue part down."

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#3 posted 07-24-2011 06:08 PM

Great job steve. Looks wonderful.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#4 posted 07-24-2011 08:38 PM

I seem to have learned the same lesson just yesterday. Nice work


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#5 posted 07-24-2011 10:37 PM

Great job!! I always wanted to build a working wooden gear clock, but i figured I would wait until im old and more patient (about the same time I take up golf) hahaha! I might have to make one like this to hold me over!!!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#6 posted 07-24-2011 11:55 PM

That is neat. It is good to hear that you built one that works because it seems like so much work to get one to work properly. Say, do those gears turn on this one? I was thinking that you could put in a small low speed motor in the back and make that whole assemble go around slowly for a cool effect!! But if the clock is pressed in the big gear, it would revolve to and that would not be cool!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 06-27-2016 01:34 PM

Steve, I love this clock. You did a wonderful job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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

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