Wooden Gear Clock
I'm a brand new member here but I'm hoping I'm able to assist. I made Clayton Boyer's Genesis clock about 5 years ago. This is a weight driven wooden gear clock. It's still running today and keeps very good time (generally within a couple minutes in 24 hours). I cut it on a Delta 40-540, I guess it's a mid-range saw. Here's my clock on the first week it ran Opps I'm not allowed to post a URL
I'd certainly want to be doing this with pin-less blades. I probably used #0/2; #1; #2 all Olsen blades. I used and the plans recommended using Baltic Birch Plywood. I think most of it was 3/8" although some parts are to be made from hardwood. I used cherry. I sand the stock with 150 grit and cover with blue painters tape and use a spray adhesive to attach the pattern. (Note: I made extra copies of all the patterns in case things went side-ways.) I've tried covering the pattern with packing tape but I can't stand the reflection from the magnifying light. The painters tape just makes it easier to get the pattern off.
After drilling the center hole of each gear I used a simply circle cutting jig to spin the rough cut gear around so I knew that I was starting with a round piece of stock and the center was the real center. The cut was made just nipping the top of the gears. Then I went to the drill press. I picked a bit which matched exactly the size of the valley between two teeth. Then I drilled out that stock, rotated the gear on the pin to the next valley and kept going, all on the circle cutting jig. Then cutting the rest of the teeth is easy, just cut down each slop.
It's a lot of work but when you move that pendulum and the tick tok begin it's a great feeling. Hope this is of value. I'll try to return here if I can answer some questions. But I have a kid getting married Saturday 1/4 so I may not be back soon. Here's hoping this post comes out with the pics.
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