MAKING A WOODEN GEARED CLOCK #12: Clock completed, test delayed - day 12

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Blog entry by stefang posted 12-05-2015 07:16 AM 3340 reads 0 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As you know from my last blog in this series, my first test of the new clock resulted in the main weight crashing down. I was standing next to it when it happened and my reaction caused my back to go a little bad.

My grandson was supposed to come and work on his project today, so I used yesterday to get the weight back in order and to clean up the shop. I had planned to make a new weight, but I determined that the problem was caused by the thinning out that I did on the inside of the ends. I just cut those away and re-glued the one glue joint that separated.

My back wasn’t too good and my wife told me not to go into the shop, but I did anyway and now I am totally laid up for the time being, so I had to cancel today’s session with my grandson.

The bottom line is that the clock is ready for testing, but I am not, so it will have to wait until I’m back on my feet. My wife is not too happy with me either since I didn’t follow her good advice (she is a nurse after all). On the positive side I don’t have to wash any dishes or do any DIY. I’m looking forward to a very boring weekend and perhaps beyond.

I just wanted you to know why my clock isn’t running yet. No need to comment on my physical predicament as my frustration far outweighs the pain on my drama scale. The last time my back was this bad back in 1990 I was out of work for a whole year. I sure hope that will not be the case this time.

Sorry to disappoint. Thanks for reading.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 12-05-2015 08:14 AM

I’m sure that your other readers are feeling as sympathetic as I am. At least you are maintaining your sense of humour, and telling it like it is. While you are out of the shop, and the clock is not running, at least you can tell yourself that “time is not running out”. (My dry sense of humour.)
Your rebuild in the photo looks great, and I hope that we soon hear the news that it is running perfectly. But . . . more importantly, that you are back up to full speed.
You are teaching us all a lot with this project. Well done.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 12-05-2015 08:59 AM

The clock is great Mike and you are a great guy too, but now you also have the similarity that you don’t run. More than annoying, The clock can wait but I hope you are soon will be back in the shop.


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#3 posted 12-05-2015 10:02 AM

Hi Mike, I’m sorry to hear about your back. Take care of it and the down time will give you time to reflect on what a great mechanism you have built!!

Cheers, my friend….............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 12-05-2015 10:27 AM

Thanks, I just hope it goes over before I become grown fast to my Lazy Boy recliner. I do love my easy chair, but only after a good days work. The pain has eased off quite a bit already, so I’m hoping this will go over sooner rather than later.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 12-05-2015 11:18 AM

Time heals everything, Keep in touch. Doug

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#6 posted 12-05-2015 11:36 AM

Hang in there my friend….... better days ahead.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#7 posted 12-05-2015 11:48 AM

My wife would show little mercy for not doing what she said…....... LOL Hope you recover quickly

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#8 posted 12-05-2015 12:58 PM

The clock looks very good. Great job. There is a lot of stress on a clock mechanism and you don’t realize it until you build one and have something fail DAMHIKT.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#9 posted 12-05-2015 01:31 PM

Mike the clock is not working so time is standing still! LOL
Stay out of the shop and get well soon .


-- Kiefer

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#10 posted 12-05-2015 01:49 PM

Thanks everyone, I am already getting better, so it shouldn’t be long now. Actually I found out that the clock really isn’t completely finished yet. I forgot to drill for and install the grub screws on the new pendulum bearing ring. I’m just hoping I didn’t throw away the old one so I can recover those screws. I had to hand make them and I wouldn’t want to do it again.

Ken Maybe your wife and mine are related.

Bruce Yes, I felt that when the weight crashed. I’m still a little mystified by what actually happened even after looking at the damage done. One problem was the look arbor caps which allowed the gears to get out of line. I am surprised that there wasn’t more damage than there was.

Klaus Yes, time and me too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 12-05-2015 01:54 PM

Let’s work on your back till the back gets you back to the clock. Say that ten times real fast. Take a break.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#12 posted 12-05-2015 02:06 PM

I too am fine with waiting till your back is better to see it run. But your tale of not doing what the wife told you reminded me of these signs which I see on facebook all the time.


-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#13 posted 12-05-2015 02:58 PM

The clock looks great,get some rest and take it easy. In this case, time will have to wait for this man and the tide we can’t do anything about :)) Feel better my friend.


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#14 posted 12-05-2015 02:58 PM

Getting old ain’t for sissies Mike.
My father in law used to have a remedy that he swore by for a bad back. He administered a hot bath on the outside and a hot rum on the inside simultaneously. It worked for him …..... or at least he didn’t care as much about the pain…

Think some positive thoughts, relax, and read some of those old blogs on LJ. The time will fly.


-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#15 posted 12-05-2015 03:09 PM

Oh, NO, Mike! Glad the healing has already begun. Don’t rush it. Take care and … listen to your nurse-wife!

-- God bless, Candy

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