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    Default my first fully made clock

    so I bought the dxfs from the guy I get my clock kits from.
    it is not had to cut one of these out though I only used baltic birch where my nicer clocks are made from aircraft birch I would like to use it but a 2x4 sheet of 1/4" is 75.00 and shipping. it is extremely nice plywood though. the only hard part was getting all the parts together and all the running around needed.
    the face would have been the same color as the frame but the stain was too blotchy. I made the pendulum shaft from two 1/4" thick pieces of stepele glued up then trimmed down to 1/4" thick. if you run the clocks weight string through a fully you can get double the run time bt you need twice the weight. soI made this guy verses two brass tubes that I usually use. just some 1" baltic birch glued up and t holds 12# of fine lead shot that just fits I made this to test the size and maybe the next will be walnut.


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    Very cool!!
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    these things are finicky though. the real trick is to make them as friction free as possible. all the brass shafts are polished and it has to run so easily you can blow on the top gear and run the whole clock. I much rather make them from a kit a lit less hassle but some of his clocks are only plans and gears if You want to buy them. I want to sue aircraft plywood but it would cost way too much for it and I don't need that much.
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    Very nice! That's on my list of things to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Larrett View Post
    Very nice! That's on my list of things to do.
    what I like is the kits don't take a lot of to tools so it is easy to do at home. this one was endless carrying parts home and hunting for material.

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    Super cool

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    looks great

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    Great work Steve. Have you thought about bamboo? It solves the colour problem and the stuff outlasts birch about 10:1. We get great results by finishing with a 2mm end mill. Unbeleivably these are only $1.27 using the ones Gert put us on to.
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    I remade the frame out of cocobolo for the frame and the round faces are veneered Baltic birch with some interesting walnut. I thought of bamboo plywood too but I hate the smell of the stuff and it is easily splintered. not sure if it would work well for the gears or not.
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    The stuff we get in Australia is fantastic quality but almost twice the price of birch. Zero splintering and extremely hard wearing. The only trouble we have ever had is you cannot do neat pyography on it as it just wont burn. Colours available are great. Sadly it hasnt taken off in the cabinet world and this is why tye price is so high here probably.
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