Wood Gears

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Blog entry by EdFleming34 posted 07-31-2011 12:24 AM 3785 reads 5 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi, I want to build a wood clock using wood gears, I searched and found “Gears by Steve” or something like this. He will sell his method of making gears for about $30.00. Show you how step by step. His gears and other work is very impressive and $30.00 is cheap compared to cost of saw blades or small tools. My question is have any of you tried to make gears with his method, or any method. This guy even made a venetian blind with his gears, pretty neat. He has a web site Sprials by Steve or try Steve Garrison. Someone out there tell me what you think.

Ed Fleming

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#1 posted 07-31-2011 01:59 AM

Go to by Matthias Wandel.

His work is absolutely brilliant. He has a gear calculator (a free one and a more advanced pay one) as well as instructions for all his jigs and projects for free too. Including a gear making jig,, it looks like a modified finger joint jig.

I haven’t ever worked with wood gears but a wooden clock is on my list of things. When you see what Matthias can do though, it will open all kinds of doors and hopefully inspire you.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#2 posted 07-31-2011 03:51 AM

Hi Ed, As it turns out, I’ve made a few of these clocks and I’ve learned a few things along the way. My website is here: I have a quick suggestion for you. A clock gear is different from a machine gear. The clock gear is engineered for slow movement and reduced friction. For your first clock start here: This site is a treasure trove and a great starting point. Also, here’s a gear template generator: Lastly, go to Brian Law’s site for some more clock templates and downloads. (the best stuff)
Hope this helps! Max

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#3 posted 07-31-2011 05:33 AM

Ed, I seriously considered Steve’s gear cutting on the TS. Cutting them on the TS rather than a Scrollsaw or BS really appeals to me. I ended up not getting it though. Try Matthias’s approach first. They are really not that difficult. One place I’d deviate from his instruction though would be to drill the center hole first, then reference that when mounting the template on the wood. Then follow what he show. I built his SA Box Joint Jig.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Mark Shymanski

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#4 posted 08-01-2011 06:36 AM

I gotta stop reading posts like this and all the subsequent links and advice or I will never get my ‘to do list’ to done!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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