|Project by Matt||posted 08-04-2013 11:20 AM||2278 views||12 times favorited||19 comments|
I built this clock over the course of a couple of weeks as a Christmas present for my grandparents. I FINALLY was able to hang it in their house this past July of 2013. Approximately 90% of the work was completed on the clock during the Christmas holiday, then I had to go back to my last semester at Texas A&M University (Whoop!!!). Then the clock was finished during the summer and hung in its final resting place!
The clock is a Clayton Boyer design. Clayton is a clock enthusiast based out of Hawaii and has made numerous plans for wooden clocks to date. I, sadly, am not quite skilled enough yet to design my own clock. However, other than the plans, the clock was made from start to finish by none other than yours truly. I primarily used a scroll saw on the gears and a bandsaw on some of the larger, straighter cuts. It was then sanded relentlessly for countless hours in order to get the gears to fit with each other just right. The main gear contains upwards of 177 teeth!
The clock is made out of walnut for the stationary pieces and Baltic birch ply for the gears and miscellaneous parts I did not want warping too much with changes in humidity, temperature, etc. There is no stain, paint, or other cover on any of the wood – 100% natural finish and I think it turned out perfect! The weight to drive the clock is my Grandpa’s old Texas A&M wind chime that he had laying out and the weight used to drive the pendulum is bits of lead encased in a walnut/Baltic birch shell.
I have to say, after working, sanding, and sculpting the walnut, I will most definitely be going back to it in future projects! It is a fine hardwood that is absolutely beautiful when finished.