Author Topic: Making Wooden Gear Clocks - 6 Cool Contraptions That Really Keep Time  (Read 3067 times)

Offline steve323

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I just received a new book about making wooden gear clocks that looks really amazing.  There are plans and descriptions for 6 different clock plans. 

The chapters (and designers) include:

1) Marc Tovar - 30 hour gear clock.  This might be the same clock design that was published in Scroll Saw Magazine a few years back.

2) Clayton Boyer - Genesis.  Described as a good first clock for beginners.

3) Brian Law - Compact gear clock. Traditional design with all gears inside the face.  Supposed to be a simple design that is easy to build

4) Brian Law - Flying pendulum clock.  Unusual design with a pendulum that wraps around a post to keep time.  Very interesting concept, but a poor timekeeper.  Should be easy to build and keep running because it does not need a traditional escapement.  The design in the book only includes an hour hand to show the approximate time.

5) Brian Law - Key wound gear clock.  Another traditional design.  Should be only slightly more complex than the compact gear clock.

6) Alfred Mifsud - Electromagnetic gear clock.  A simple shelftop design with only 2 gears and a battery operated circuit to power the pendulum.

7) Ed Legler - Making a gear machine.  Kinematic sculpture with a description of different ways to cut gears.

There is an envelope with 3 double sided pages of full size plans.  You would need to copy the plans before cutting them out.

All the clock designs include 3D diagrams and side view descriptions of the gearing.  The book is 64 pages with lots of construction notes and other useful information.  List price is $14.99 in the US, but many places have it for around $10.  It is well worth it.

Steve

Offline KKC

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Re: Making Wooden Gear Clocks - 6 Cool Contraptions That Really Keep Time
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2016, 08:04:29 AM »
Steve,

There are plans to build all these clocks in the book?

Offline steve323

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Re: Making Wooden Gear Clocks - 6 Cool Contraptions That Really Keep Time
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2016, 09:44:24 AM »
Yes, plans for all 6 clocks are included, with lots of pictures and 3D diagrams.  It is 64 pages long, so each clock gets 8-9 pages of text.  The envelope in the back with full scale plans is a bonus.

Steve

Offline KKC

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Re: Making Wooden Gear Clocks - 6 Cool Contraptions That Really Keep Time
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2016, 10:05:39 AM »
Amazon has it for $10.00 plus shipping.  I'll have to talk the boss into just one more book!!! LOL....

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Re: Making Wooden Gear Clocks - 6 Cool Contraptions That Really Keep Time
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2016, 07:13:39 AM »
good news, good luck!

Offline jpriest

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Did anyone on this thread successfully build the Alfred Mifsud electromagnetic wooden gear clock.  If yes, I would love to pick your brain about a couple of items.

Thanks in Advance.
jp


Offline panistefanin

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Hello! Very interesting topic, thank you raised it
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