Author Topic: Another newbee introduction  (Read 5091 times)

alanesq

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Another newbee introduction
« on: July 12, 2009, 01:12:17 PM »
Hi,

I have no (or very little) woodworking type experience so I cant explain why it is I suddenly decided a few months ago that I wanted to make a wooden gear clock ??
 
So far I have made 2 of them and thought it time to join a forum and see how it should be done / get some tips etc.

My two attempts can be seen here:    http://www.alanesq.com/clocks.htm

The gears are made from standard plywood from Wickes (I tried to get some decent stuff but didnt have much luck).  I bought some gear design software which I then print out the gear, glue it on the plywood ad cut it out with a cheap bandsaw
I then finish it off with a small vertical belt sander
I use cheap roller bearings from eBay for all the bearings
so as you see - I have plenty of room for improvement

BTW - The first clock was from plans I downloaded, the secod one I just had a photo of a flying pendulum and designed it as I went along (I think it worked out surprisingly well considering this)
« Last Edit: July 12, 2009, 01:19:08 PM by alanesq »

Offline BrianC

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Re: Another newbee introduction
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2009, 04:47:32 AM »
I have to tell you that you have a very, very serious problem, but I'm sympathetic as I have the same problem - I keep trying to do the (almost) impossible with wood.  Some of my designs (not just the clocks) involve techniques that I've thought of but never done (or even seen done) that I'm told are not done because everybody else gets to frustrated to make them work.

Two lovely clocks and the Ignatz is wonderful.

For gear design, you might want to look at this http://woodgears.ca/gear_cutting/template.html

BrianC
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alanesq

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Re: Another newbee introduction
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2009, 09:05:54 AM »
Thanks :-)

yes, I decided this was the last one now for a while, but I keep having this idea I want to make something much, much bigger..............

I had used that gear design originally but I had some problem with it.  I cant really remember what it was now, I think they were printing out oval or something ??? and I eventually decided I needed to remake every gear in the clock (my first clock)
anyway, in the end I paid £50 for some software for doing it (Involute Gear Wheel Designer)
- I think my main problem may have been my printer - I have since acquired a A2 Inkjet which works great :-)

« Last Edit: July 17, 2009, 09:50:52 AM by alanesq »

Offline BrianC

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Re: Another newbee introduction
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2009, 07:57:22 AM »
Yes, but you'll need to construct a tower first ;D , although I have seen larger movements here http://www.clockmuseum.org/ where they have a tower movements in a three-floor tall space.
BrianC