My Simplicity Clock

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Project by jc8952 posted 748 days ago 3034 views 25 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this from Clayton Boyer plans. The wheels, pulleys, hands and pendulum bob are made from baltic birch ply. The frame, pendulum rod and clock face are made from poplar. The hour markings are pieces of 1/8” poplar dowels that I sanded flush with the face then stained then glued in place. The weights are made from 1 1/2” copper plumbing.

I cut the gear teeth with a bandsaw and used a scroll saw for the cut outs. The necessary tools were a band saw, scroll saw, 1” vertical belt and 5” disk sander, a bench top drill press and a good set of brad point drill bits. A Dremel rotary tool was very handy too.

It was fairly easy and straight forward to make from Clayton’s plans. I highly recommend this clock for a first time builder.


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#1 posted 748 days ago

Simplicity? I’m boggled! Wonderful work JC!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#2 posted 748 days ago

Fantastic clock amazing work.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 748 days ago

This is another one on my someday list. Looks like you did a great job!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 748 days ago

Man, What a great clock. I have been meaning to make on of these.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 748 days ago

Anyone who takes this clock on for a first time project, will be a scroll saw expert by the time the clock is on the wall and keeping time! It sure is an impressive clock. Thanks for sharing your work.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#6 posted 748 days ago

I love clocks and this one is naked!! :)
You have to be in the extreme for accuracy on this one I imagine.

-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association

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Jamie Speirs

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#7 posted 748 days ago

That is sooo nice it’s naughty

Great work

On my bucket list


-- 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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#8 posted 748 days ago

Very nice !!!!

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

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#9 posted 748 days ago

I love this clock. You did a fine 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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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 748 days ago

That is really cool. At first it looked to be made from bicycle sprockets!
Very well done!!....................Jim

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

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#11 posted 747 days ago

Great Job!

This has been on the list for some time

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#12 posted 747 days ago

That is great looking.

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

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#13 posted 747 days ago

Thanks all for the kind words. I have posted a video of this one working on youtube. Here is the link

If you have been thinking of building a wood gear clock this is certainly the one to start with. It was not nearly as hard to make as it looks. I’m a novice woodworker so if I can do it you can too. Be careful though, when you get it finished and see it working you will want to build more clocks.


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#14 posted 747 days ago

Like many here this is on my “to build someday” list.
I have always wondered though, do they actually keep fairly accurate time? Nobody ever seems to mention that. If I’m going to spend the time to build it I’d like it to be as functional as it is good looking.

-- "Imagination is more important than knowledge" Bibb in CO at

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#15 posted 747 days ago

Simply a piece of art.I admire your work

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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