USMC wooden gear clock.

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Project by jarheadtech posted 11-16-2011 07:40 PM 4589 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another simplicity clock designed by Clayton Boyer and built by me !!! : ) I went with the USMC thime on this one and it turned out better than I had expected. All the black is oak with 2 coats of ebony stain. The red is bloodwood with a polyurathine spray . The gold is birtch ply hand painted with a gold paint to keep the paint away from the gears to reduce friction. The eagle, globe and anchor on the pendulum was the moast challenging part of this clock, the bloodwood is not east to cut into small patterns, it breaks verry easely.

The last clock I built I used a Sears scrollsaw I bought for $30 on craigslist .That saw ended up in the scrap metal bin at work after my 3 year old domestic terroist pulled it off he shelf and broke sevral pices including the arm and base. That just gave me an excuse to get a new one. Tool gloat time, I got the dewalt 20” scrollsaw with the stand that I bolted to the floor so it will not fall over. The Dewalt scrollsaw is a great saw and is 100 times better than the old sears one. If you want to build a wooden gear clock using a good scrollsaw is a must, it makes the clocks run so much smoother. I could not have done the numbers and the EGA without it. Semper fi and thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 11-16-2011 07:53 PM

UhRah! Outstanding! Keep chargin…Semper Fi

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#2 posted 11-16-2011 07:59 PM

Very nice clock! Great theme…..especially during the Corps birthday month…..and a great saw gloat too boot.

Semper Fi!

USMC ‘73

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#3 posted 11-16-2011 10:53 PM

Nice looking clock. After seeing Charles’ excellent clocks, I’ve really wanted to make my own… nice job finishing this thing. I’ll bet it takes an incredible amount of work.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#4 posted 11-16-2011 11:03 PM

ooooh myyyyy goodness!!!
WOW .. yah.. WOW

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#5 posted 11-16-2011 11:11 PM

I really like this clock and you did a great job on it.

-- 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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#6 posted 11-17-2011 12:22 AM

Great Job.

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#7 posted 11-17-2011 01:14 AM

That looks fantastic!!! I have wanted to build a wooden clock for a while but have not worked up the courage to do it. I also have that Dewalt scroll saw and love it.

-- Ryan

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#8 posted 11-17-2011 01:59 AM

I think this is engineering in wood, Great job

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#9 posted 11-17-2011 05:44 AM

Nicely done!!!

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#10 posted 11-17-2011 03:24 PM

Awesome clock!!!

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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#11 posted 11-17-2011 04:07 PM

If you would, could you give us some idea of the number of man-hours it took to construct this clock?

-- When I works, I works hard. When I sits, I sits loose. And when I thinks I falls asleep.--

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#12 posted 11-17-2011 05:36 PM

Nice work Devil Dog.

DBD and belated Happy Birthday you look good for 236 years old!


M Curtis

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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