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Blog entry by stefang posted 11-28-2015 06:36 PM 1743 reads 1 time favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: The Main Weight and Finishing Up Details - Day 8 Part 9 of MAKING A WOODEN GEARED CLOCK series Part 10: Miscellaneous work - 10th day »

Today’s work
Today was used for gluing different parts up, namely; the main frame, the winding wheel, various wheel spacers and related pinions onto the wheels (gears) plus the coopered main weight and counter weight/handle. I also polished all the arbors (axles). I also ran the winding wheel on my disk sander jig to first get the inside wheels round and then again after gluing all 5 disks together to get the outside round and balanced.

It was a bit of a puzzle to figure out which spacers went where as the are different combinations and thicknesses and all the names are in German. There is a video which shows the construction on youtube, but I don’t get wifi in my shop, so it was no use. In addition there are some washers, which I didn’t have.

I glued everything up in place mounted on the main frame and the arbors. It seems to be coming together ok except I have one little problem with the height of the hour face wheel which seems slightly two high by about 2 or 3mm, but that could be due to a missing washer somewhere or maybe I a accidentally used too thick wood on the hubcap on the back of the winding wheel which would in turn raise the face wheel a little. Either way not to big a problem and should be easy to fix.

Here’s a photo of the temporary assembly. I will be demounting it and then reassembling it on Monday and also installing the necessary washers. I plan to make a series of photos to show the assembly. Paul asked for a time lapse film on this, but I’m unprepared for that and I don’t want to slow the project down to get it set up.

Thanks for reading!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 11-28-2015 06:40 PM

That’s waaaay cool Mike.

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#2 posted 11-28-2015 06:40 PM

Hi Mike. yes the washers could be needed to make the width of the gears centered on one another.


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

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#3 posted 11-28-2015 07:20 PM

a1Jim Thanks, I think so too.

Jim The nice thing about it is that nothing is hard to fix and any bad parts can just be recut, although at this point I’m kind of doubting I will have to do much of that.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 11-28-2015 08:43 PM

Way to go Mike. I am once again motivated to dig out the plans I had found many years ago to build a wooden clock. I appreciate the kick in the …........ no make that inspiration. It is sure to me a treasured heirloom.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#5 posted 11-28-2015 08:50 PM

Time to get going then Ken.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 11-28-2015 08:56 PM

Yay Mike!
That is looking really neat. You should be proud.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 11-28-2015 09:25 PM

Thanks Steve. I would be a lot prouder if I had designed it, but I admit that seeing it take shape makes me feel real good.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 11-28-2015 11:20 PM

Looking great, Mike! I watched the YouTube video. Just the assembly of all the parts was intimidating to me. I’ll just keep watching your build. ;-)

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 11-29-2015 02:11 AM

Looks great Mike. I can almost hear it TIC-TOC

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#10 posted 11-29-2015 02:34 AM

I guess it’s safe to say it’s starting to look like the beginning of time. Looking good Mike.

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

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#11 posted 11-29-2015 02:44 AM

Seems to be a flawless build so far Mike.
Lots of fun to watch and I’m sure it must be even more to be doing.
Enjoy your success.

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

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#12 posted 11-29-2015 05:37 AM

You have done a wonderful job with this project, it just looks wonderful

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

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#13 posted 11-29-2015 06:09 AM

Mike, I watched someone make one of those clocks in the community shop I worked in. He encountered many of the same issues as you have. I know it would probably try my patients to attempt one myself, but I’m practicing ….. patients that is :) You’re doing a super job of it! Looking forward to see the finished project.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#14 posted 11-29-2015 07:05 AM

Looking good Mike!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 11-29-2015 09:59 AM

Thanks for all the encouraging remarks everyone.

Bill The work ‘patience’ comes up often. I feel so many feel compelled to build things quickly. I think they are unduly influenced by a lifelong attitude that they must be productive. My advice to those folks is to not worry about the time and just enjoy the work of building their project and try to build it as well as they can.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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