Scott and Jay's "Shop Time Throwdown"

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Blog series by MrToolHunter updated 04-06-2015 08:07 PM 14 parts 21950 reads 3 comments total

Part 1: The challange is extended and accepted.

03-09-2015 06:09 PM by MrToolHunter | 0 comments »

Back in February I noticed that one of my buddies on Youtube had fallen off the face of the earth, so I tossed him a note and learned that he had fallen into a funk. In order to get him back from he dark side I decided to issue a challenge that would force us both back into our shops. Here’s the original challenge video: Here’s Jay’s acceptance video: Here are our self-imposed rules: Beginning the first week o...

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Part 2: Shop Clock Design Challenges

03-09-2015 06:16 PM by MrToolHunter | 0 comments »

This week Jay and I posted a video were we discussed some of our design ideas and the challenges we believe we will face with the build. Here’s my Design Challenges video: Here’s Jay’s Design Challenges video: At this stage of the game we are both holding our cards awfully close to our vest, but as we flesh-out our ideas we’ll share more.

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Part 3: A little insight into the design of my clock

03-11-2015 05:48 PM by MrToolHunter | 0 comments »

I mentioned in the video from by previous post that my plan is to build a large clock, somewhat inspired by a tower clock that I once help to repair. That clock was in the tower of the Lebanon, Ohio City Hall building and though that experience was over 25 years ago it is still a high point of my horological career. I also mentioned that in 1982 when I was in school at Gem City College School of Horology I read an article about a “Mystery Clock” that was on display in the ...

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Part 4: This week's clockmaking update is short and sweet.

03-16-2015 05:31 PM by MrToolHunter | 0 comments »

I was traveling for work this week so I only got a few minutes in the shop to work on my “Shop Time Throwdown” clock, but I did gather most of the lumber and parts that I’ll need to make it all come together. Here’s the update video:

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Part 5: Jay Dighsx posts his week 2.5 update video

03-17-2015 08:07 PM by MrToolHunter | 0 comments »

Jay shares a couple challenges he is facing with the build of his “Shop Time Throwdown” clock, and he also shares what he is using for the brains of his clock: I’ve also created a Youtube playlist of all of our videos in this throwdown, so if you want to catch-up they’re all in one place:

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Part 6: Time to install some bearings, then suddenly... CRAP!

03-20-2015 08:39 PM by MrToolHunter | 0 comments »

I’m to the point in my project where I need to mount some bearings, so I picked-up some skateboard bearings off of Amazon that had a good rating at that weren’t going to break the bank. I only need four, but they were sold in sets of eight, so I guess I have back-ups. The ID on them is 8mm, and after a little research I determined that what I needed was a couple 8mm X 100mm steel dowels. I dropped by our local Fastenal store and though they didn’t have them on hand they w...

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Part 7: One of the most uncomfortable things I've ever done with a woodworking project

03-23-2015 04:44 PM by MrToolHunter | 3 comments »

It’s time to add some texture to the slats that will make up the dial of my clock. An a previous project I ran similar strips of pine over a wore brush prior to finishing and I was generally pleased with the results, but I recall it taking a crazy-long time to get the depth of texture that I desired. Recently I’ve been catching up on a backlog of videos by Jimmy DiResta and in one he torched and then wire brushed similar pine boards and it was clear that I had my solution. The ...

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Part 8: If it's good enough for Jimmy Diresta...

03-25-2015 09:01 PM by MrToolHunter | 0 comments »

Here’s something I’ve never done to a woodworking project… Actually, I’ve learned that it’s called “Shou-sugi-ban” and you should check this out:

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Part 9: My compitition isn't just using a CNC machine, he built the CNC machine!

03-26-2015 07:15 PM by MrToolHunter | 0 comments »

Jay had a rough-road this week while trying to get work done on his “Shop Time Throwdown” clock. He has chosen to build his clock from wooden gears, and while I am as obsessed with wooden geared clocks as the next guy it would never occur to me to start from scratch and design my gears without consulting the methods that clockmaker’s before me had used and perfected. But that’s how Jay rolls, and if it works my hat is off to him. In the video linked below Jay give...

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Part 10: Finally, something to put my face on.

03-30-2015 06:23 PM by MrToolHunter | 0 comments »

After torching and wire brushing the wood slats that will make-up the dial I decided to paint them black. Yes, that’s on odd choice, but since the final effect is an aged patina I’m going to apply a crackled antique white as the final finish and I realized that there just wasn’t going to be enough contrast without adding black. Next I had the wrestle the 5’ X 5’ sheet of Baltic Birch ply up onto a Shopsmith Mark V that served as a make-shift assembly tabl...

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Part 11: Time to make the dial.

04-06-2015 07:18 PM by MrToolHunter | 0 comments »

With the back and the frame finished it’s time to attach the dial. The slats needed to be cut so that together they will produce a round dial, so I attached them to the back temporarily with double-sided tape and with a make-shift compass drew a circle on their face. From there they were removed and individually cut to length on the bandsaw and attached to the plywood using wood glue, hot melt glue. Or so I thought. Some of the slats had developed crazy crooks and bows, and the...

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Part 12: Finish the hands

04-06-2015 07:43 PM by MrToolHunter | 0 comments »

Even though everything was to be rustic the hands needed a little sanding, so after 15+ years of resting I finally broke-out my Shopsmith Strip Sander, which made quick work of the job. I don’t know why I don’t reach for this tool more often because it was perfect for the task. With the hands cut and sanded smooth (ish) the next task was to substantially lighten them. I did this by using a Forstner bit on my Shopsmith drill press. The next thing that had to happen ...

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Part 13: Final steps and the REVEAL VIDEO!

04-06-2015 08:00 PM by MrToolHunter | 0 comments »

Note: Don’t miss the link to the video at the bottom of the post! The final steps happened in a blur over the Easter weekend. The big reveal was pushed back to Easter day, 4/5/15 and because of the reprieve I did what I always do: procrastinate. So while the photos in this post are sparse the payoff will make it worthwhile. Using my Shopsmith bandsaw I resawed a 22” length of 2X4 and freehand drew a capital “I”, “V” and “X”. Drawing isn&...

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Part 14: Final Entry and the Secret to How the Clock Works.

04-06-2015 08:07 PM by MrToolHunter | 0 comments »

It’s finally finished and if you’ve read this far you probably are curious how the clock is powered. It’s all revealed in the video linked below. Thanks for reading, watching and commenting. Scott Here’s the video where the clock was revealed:’s the video where the secrets are revealed:

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