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I made this from Clayton Boyer plans. The wheels, pulleys, hands and pendulum bob are made from baltic birch ply. The frame, pendulum rod and clock face are made from poplar. The hour markings are pieces of 1/8" poplar dowels that I sanded flush with the face then stained then glued in place. The weights are made from 1 1/2" copper plumbing.

I cut the gear teeth with a bandsaw and used a scroll saw for the cut outs. The necessary tools were a band saw, scroll saw, 1" vertical belt and 5" disk sander, a bench top drill press and a good set of brad point drill bits. A Dremel rotary tool was very handy too.

It was fairly easy and straight forward to make from Clayton's plans. I highly recommend this clock for a first time builder.

JC

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Fantastic clock amazing work.
 

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This is another one on my someday list. Looks like you did a great job!
 

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Man, What a great clock. I have been meaning to make on of these.
 

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Anyone who takes this clock on for a first time project, will be a scroll saw expert by the time the clock is on the wall and keeping time! It sure is an impressive clock. Thanks for sharing your work.
 

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I love clocks and this one is naked!! :)
You have to be in the extreme for accuracy on this one I imagine.
 

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That is sooo nice it's naughty

Great work

On my bucket list

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Very nice !!!!
 

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That is really cool. At first it looked to be made from bicycle sprockets!
Very well done!!....................Jim
 

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Great Job!

This has been on the list for some time
 

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That is great looking.
 

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Thanks all for the kind words. I have posted a video of this one working on youtube. Here is the link

If you have been thinking of building a wood gear clock this is certainly the one to start with. It was not nearly as hard to make as it looks. I'm a novice woodworker so if I can do it you can too. Be careful though, when you get it finished and see it working you will want to build more clocks.

JC
 

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Like many here this is on my "to build someday" list.
I have always wondered though, do they actually keep fairly accurate time? Nobody ever seems to mention that. If I'm going to spend the time to build it I'd like it to be as functional as it is good looking.
thanks
 

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Simply a piece of art.I admire your work
 

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accurate enough. It's only been working for two weeks and I didn't make any adjustments the first week. I'm trying to dial it in now. It lost about a minute in 24 hrs yesterday so I'm getting close. It is made of wood so it will change with temperature and humidity. Keeping it in an air conditioned room will reduce that though.

JC
 

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This looks GREAT! thanks for sharing. I vow to build one of these before I go…
 

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It's beautiful! How long did it take you to make? and, more importantly, how long do you think it would it take for me to make? I've got the tools but the skill-not so much. I really gotta win the lottery . . .

Clayton Boyer got it ticking in a day and finished in two but I 'spect he's had a whole whack of practice since he designs them. If anyone's interested, here's the link: http://www.lisaboyer.com/Claytonsite/Claytonsite1.htm

Welcome to Lumberjocks and please post more of your work! Thank you so much for sharing.
 

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I teach at a small university and am not teaching this summer. I started on it the second week of May. My workshop is in my garage so I would work on it in the mornings until it got too hot. I rarely worked on it on Sundays and there were other days here and there where I had to do other things in the mornings and couldn't work on it. (I'm married and have two teenagers so I got interrupted a lot). Also I am a novice so I worked slow and carefully. I had it completely finished June 25th.

I'd say if you are interested in building one go for it. It really is not as hard as it looks and it was very enjoyable to build. Clayton's plans and instructions plus the many instructional videos available on youtube are a great help.

JC
 

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Beautiful job on your Simplicity. I am finishing up mine finally and hope to have it posted. I love the contrasting wood for the frame and the hour markings on your dial ring. great job and thank you for sharing.
 
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