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Title: Beginners first clock.
Post by: pxpep on September 16, 2015, 12:41:20 PM
I have recently finished my very first wooden clock. Its the Clock NR 1 by Brian Law. Its made from the free PDF plan on his site. I have "build" the whole clock in Autodesk Inventor to be sure eveything was OK before making them with a CNC router.

I have used mainly mahogny for the parts but also a little beech. It runs with an abnormal high degree af accuracy (better than 10 seconds per day) so im very pleased with it. My next project is the clock Nr 24 also by Brian Law. I am allmost finished doing all the parts in Inventor and I have changed a lot of measures to mm instead of Inches. Like the clock I have just build it will be equipped with ball bearings through out. Im looking forward to produce the part IRL soon :)

Here ( you can se a little YouTubevideo of the project and here ( is a link to the page on my site with pictures of the clock.
Title: Re: Beginners first clock.
Post by: millerdlca on September 16, 2015, 07:34:30 PM
Very nice work! 

The finishing on this clock is really well done and I like the mix of woods.  Good like on the next one.

Title: Re: Beginners first clock.
Post by: steve323 on September 17, 2015, 11:02:01 AM
I like the look of the finished clock.  The gears are very well done.  I also like the look of the main dial.

It will be interesting to see how the solid wood holds up over time.  There are many wood gear clocks that have been running for hundreds of years, so it must be OK.  They had access to better quality of wood, but yours should have better accuracy.  The ball bearings are another bonus that should reduce the force needed to keep it running.

Looking forward to seeing more designs.

Title: Re: Beginners first clock.
Post by: gorbo on September 17, 2015, 11:23:42 AM
You have just solved a problem for me  :)

I have a 350mm bed CNC and was looking at cutting the main supports on another machine then I saw the joins you did, brilliant so simple

Problem solved!
Title: Re: Beginners first clock.
Post by: pxpep on September 18, 2015, 02:37:34 PM
I am happy that I could help :)
In fact I am building Clock Nr 24 also a Brain Law design and a lot of the parts in this clock are way to big for my little router to cut i one piece. 3 of the gears and the Escape wheel will be build of 5 pieces glued together after machining. I think that in some way this can be a good thing because of better strength at maybe better resistance against warping over time. The back plate will not only be divided length-wise but also chord-wise and I see this as an oppurtunity to mix different sorts of wood in an artistic manner.
I will of course be be back with a new video when the "little" project is finished in about 6 months, maybe ???