A NUMBER OF THE Others Less Obvious

I shall start this list by saying that building a working wooden clock is not easy, it takes a lot of tolerance and a certain degree of competence in the utilization of woodworking tools. Unless you have this then it might be best to work on a few less complex projects first to build a few of the essential skills that you will need.

If you are an Engineer or Woodworker you will be fine, you know that things will fail and you have a simple skill set that will enable you to workout the best solutions. Having said all of that creating a clock and setting it up running provides terrific buzz, therefore the project is well worth working at. The simple basic cream First, hands tools, the picture below shows what you will need to pay all the work that should be done yourself.

Most of the various tools shown above are pretty obvious, and you almost certainly keep these things already. Some of the others less obvious, the drill set with drills 1 to 6 mm in 0.1 increments or the imperial comparative air had a need to drill the openings for the shafts and the clearance openings for fitting pins. Vernier caliper for measuring, and a little ruler for the same. You could almost say that the above-mentioned tools are all that is required to build a clock, the truth is though you actually need something to aid the drill in a vertical position for accurately drilling holes.

You also need a way of clamping the task piece whilst it is being drilled as well as for preference some method of adjusting the position of the task piece under the drill. To get this done you need will need one of the arrangements shown below. The Drill stand will support the drill vertically and offer a deal with to nourish the drill bit into the work. The vice on the cross glide is the perfect means of clamping the work piece below the drill to provide it both support and adjustment, nevertheless, you can get away with the easy vice arrangement on the still left.

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The arrangement on the right is from Proxxon appears ideal but may be a bit small. I’ve shown the coping noticed amongst the hands tools and I assume you could try to cut all the clock parts with one of those but it isn’t really useful. The saw shown is ideal for reducing the gears and the rest of the flat parts in a clock and lots of the clock contractors use a saw like this to do that.

There is an option to this and that is to use a small bandsaw as I did so for my first clocks, however the scroll saw has more control and precision in the cutting hence. The lathe shown above is a little bench top machine ideally suited to the needs of the clock builder.

If you ‘re going to spend more you workshop then the next step up from the drill stand and the mix glide vice, is a little milling machine. This provides all the top features of the drill stand and combination glide vice but with graduated slides to offer movements with accuracy. With a straightforward vice installed on the table you have the precision you’ll need to drill all, mill, and ream those components that do not give themselves to CNC machining.

The main alternative to the scroll found is to use a CNC router or laser beam, this is a huge step up in price to purchase not only the machine but all the software needed to utilize it. The software requirement to run a CNC machine is considerable and can be expensive if you are to use the mainstream commercial software. The Cam software is used to take the DXF files and generate reducing paths for the various tools you will use to cut out the information.