MAKING A WOODEN GEARED CLOCK #7: Bits and Pieces - Day 7

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Blog entry by stefang posted 11-23-2015 07:06 PM 1432 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Cutting out lots of small items today. Almost finished. just the main weight and the small counter weight plus the pendulum arm remains, plus a few more holes to drill. There will also be a threaded rod on the end of the pendulum rod to make it adjustable.

Todays Work
The items cut today consisted of the bob components, spacers, pinion gears, escapement anchor and it rocker, the cap for the winding barrel, the ratchet gear and it’s blockers, the hour dial and lastly the tops and the bottoms for the main weight (might not be using those).

Last Items to Make
  1. Main weight and counter weight
    The plan calls for the main weight to be a plastic tube, but I don’t like the looks of that so my plan is to glue up some solid wood pieces and turn it on the lathe. It will still be a hollow tube, but much better looking. Lead pellets are filled into the tube to give it the necessary weight, about 2.4kg or 5-1/4lb. The main weight is attached to a cord that goes around the winding barrel and the other end is attached to the counter weight which is just heavy enough to keep the cord taught. It also acts as a handle to pull down, which raises the main weight on the other end for the next 24hrs run. This replaces winding the clock with a key.
  2. Pendulum Rod
    This is just the rod that has the pendulum bob at the bottom and a rocker attached to the escapement anchor at the top. The bob at the bottom is basically a box which will be filled with lead to give it a little extra weight.

The thin edges on the escapement gear teeth and also the tips of the escapement anchor (shown below) are very fragile and very difficult to cut so once again I angled the cuts at the tips away from the sharp edge and sanded them down afterward. This was a replacement for the first anchor on which I again had some breakout on the back bottom side of one of the points. 2nd photo below

I will probably stain the main hour dial, the pendulum rod and the clock base. I should have done the dial/gear before cutting it because it’s important to not get any stain on the inside of the teeth. Now I will have to mask off all the teeth before applying the stain.

As I mentioned before, I plan to show you all the parts in one photo and I also plan to label the different items. I’m not too sure of the proper English names of many of the components as my plan is in German. It does come with English instructions and material list, but not for the individual components. So I will have to wing it unless I can find the proper names on the net.

Thanks for reading !

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 11-23-2015 07:25 PM

Almost finished.

Mike I think there is more space in your living room then in your shop. So I have an idea for you:

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#2 posted 11-23-2015 08:13 PM

You are really moving on it, Mike!!

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

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#3 posted 11-23-2015 09:21 PM

Wauuu so this is what you are up to now.
Guess you got some time off from the garden now. ;-)

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#4 posted 11-23-2015 09:23 PM

Mike, you are starting to make it look so easy but I know there were some hard and testing times. Some of those pieces look pretty small. I’m starting to get anxious to see the finished clock. Patients is a virtue, and good to see you have that.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 11-23-2015 10:19 PM

Well done Mike.
What’s the problem with satin on the gear teeth? Would dye be a “solution”? :-)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#6 posted 11-23-2015 10:47 PM

Thanks to everyone for the nice comments.

Jan Wow, that is really amazing. It was interesting to see that all the gears in the loft power unit are pin gears rather than gears with teeth. It is also very beautiful in the living room. Art and science!

Mads Yes, the gardening season is over and now it time to have some fun!

Dave The biggest problem has been with the drilling, especially one particular hole. It is the fly in the ointment.

Paul All the different wooden gear clock makers say not to put any kind of finish on the inside of the teeth. The reason given is that it will increase friction and gather more dust with the same result. Personally I can’t see how stain can cause friction, but I think it is wise to follow the advice of those with the most experience. I can’t see why dye couldn’t be used.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 11-23-2015 11:51 PM

That’s what I suspected. Dye would be dry and have no effect on friction or dust. ...... And you get the colour you want.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#8 posted 11-24-2015 03:04 AM

I am thinking I just might NOT try to make a wood gear clock.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#9 posted 11-24-2015 10:18 AM

Doug If you are thinking that the one I’m making is difficult, how about this one?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 11-24-2015 01:56 PM

Coming along nicely Mike!

-- I never finish anyth

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#11 posted 11-24-2015 02:57 PM

Thanks Phillip. I can’t wait to finish the last few pieces and start assembling it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 12-09-2015 01:03 PM

Wow Mike..TickToc

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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