Scroll sawn clock by my 15 year old.

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Project by ericspaw posted 07-01-2012 05:18 PM 3231 views 10 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While I am stretching my woodworking abilities building boxes, my teenage son decides to build a clock. I figured on a scrollsawn clock with an insert, but instead he hands me a magazine featuring a wooden gear clock with pendulum and a weight to run the clock.

With the fearlessness of youth, he began the project in the spring of 2011. Over the next 15 months or so he fabricated the gears and parts needed to build the clock. Many hours were spent sanding, filing and tweaking the parts to get them to fit together. My help was minimal in helping with sanding jigs and such.

The clock was finished last week with the addition of a counter weight- lead shot in a copper tube. Numbers were burned on with a woodburning tool. I am proud of his persistance on the project and getting the clock to run.

Materials were baltic birch plywood for the gears and cherry for the misc non critical parts and pieces. The majority of the parts were cut on an RBI scrollsaw.

-- I keep cutting and it is still too short.

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#1 posted 07-01-2012 05:25 PM

That is very well done

First of many extreme projects


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 07-01-2012 05:36 PM

Three cheers for your son a fantastic job a wonderful and unique clock. GREAT JOB!!!!

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#3 posted 07-01-2012 06:03 PM

Now that’s COOL!!

You have every right to be proud of his accomplishments. Keep encouraging him- he’s gt what it takes!!

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

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#4 posted 07-01-2012 06:38 PM

Fine job! Lots of delicate work. With that kind of ability your son could tackle most anything. You and he must be very pleased.

-- Jim, Missouri

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#5 posted 07-01-2012 06:49 PM

I can hear the smiles in your post, and rightfully so. He’s done himself proud.

Brings to a new level, the term of ‘Nice Fit and Finish’.

Work Safely and have Fun with your son in the shop. – Grandpa Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#6 posted 07-01-2012 07:02 PM

Ahhhh, a case of the student excelling beyond the teacher. Ooooo I see some competition brewing here. Keep up the good work both of you.

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#8 posted 07-01-2012 08:57 PM

What a great project, glad to hear he stuck with it and the clock looks so well

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#9 posted 07-01-2012 09:20 PM

I have the plans for this clock, this makes me want to build it even more.

-- Ryan

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#10 posted 07-01-2012 10:06 PM

Our future is in the hands of the youth. Here is one who will make a difference.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#11 posted 07-01-2012 10:46 PM

Very Impressive !!! Glad to see that he took on such a complex project and stayed with it till completion.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#12 posted 07-02-2012 12:58 AM

That is amazing! Most 15 year olds don’t have the patience to see this one through. He should be very proud of this accomplishment as should you for supporting this effort. I’d love to see a vid of it in action!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#13 posted 07-02-2012 01:02 AM

+ 20

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#14 posted 07-02-2012 02:12 AM

What time does the clock show?

I see 3:04:01

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#15 posted 07-02-2012 05:31 AM

Very cool project.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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