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And, if you take too much off, I guess you go to the other heavy end... maybe using sandpaper to remove... if it gets that fine... Yes/No?


Most definitely Joe. I'm thinking that depending on how badly out of balance the gear is, I may try the sander first. If the gear is extremely top heavy, the drill may be needed. I'm going to have to experiment with this stage. I'll be sure to post photos though of whatever method I decide on.

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You could also drill a hole on the light side, and put in a BB or 2
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I thought of that as well, but when I checked the gears, they weren't that much out of balance. I think that a BB would make it heavy in the opposite direction. There's only one way to tell.

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Well, you like intricate work. Cut a BB in half :)
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Well, you like intricate work. Cut a BB in half :)
That's nothing!... I heard through the grape vine that Kenbo's next project is an anatomically correct, 1:1 scale Fruit Fly!!!

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That's nothing!... I heard through the grape vine that Kenbo's next project is an anatomically correct, 1:1 scale Fruit Fly!!!


Apparently, a squealer is afoot. Who blabbed?

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That's nothing!... I heard through the grape vine that Kenbo's next project is an anatomically correct, 1:1 scale Fruit Fly!!!

~tom ...it's better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt...
Female, ok. Male, I'm impressed :)
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Female, ok. Male, I'm impressed :)
Hahahaha Ken's got his bifocals and tweezers just rearing to go! lol

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Apparently, a squealer is afoot. Who blabbed?
...can't say... Cough your optometrist cough cough lol

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I've said it before, and I'll say it again. You Are A Machine! As usual, excellent work, Ken. Looking forward to the finished project.
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Well, I'm waiting for glue to dry, so I decided I would come inside and post what I've done so far today. I decided to go with the material removal for balancing the gears. I used a 3/8" forstner bit and I was able to get all gears perfectly balanced.
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I then mounted all of the polished arbours into the frame.
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I then threaded the 8-32 rod into the bob slider and pinned the 3/8" dowel into the assembly. From there I finished putting the bob and pendulum together.
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I then mounted the clicks onto the minutes gear and glued them in place.
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And now the frame is mounted to the wall with the pendulum, arbour supports, wind wheel, spacers and click wheel in place. Next I have to fit the gears in place
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I have now temporarily fit all of the gears onto the clock and tested their operation. To my extreme pleasure, they all meshed and turned perfectly with what appears to be the correct ratio of seconds to minutes to hours. I still have to make the weight, counter weight and calibrate the pendulum and the escape wheel. I have the stationary hands cut, but there is still some fine tuning that needs to be done before they can be attached.
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Cool

And you made it look SO SIMPLE!

One step at a time... most requiring exceptional skill with the Scroll Saw!
(the one machine that drives me nuts... with blade changes & adjusting!)
(primarily because I didn't want to spend BIG bucks for a GOOD one!)

You have done a WONDERFUL job of performing each step flawlessly!

... as well as taking the time to take pictures and documenting the procedure.

Thank you very much for taking the time to share it with us!

Now, where do we find the plans, etc. in case we want to attempt it?

It's hard for me to see how just the small number of gears can actually make a Clock!

How do you keep it running? ... with a couple of AA's?

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Man, that's so cool. I'd love to see the spin balancer you used :)
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We're not there yet guys

Thanks for the kind words, this is just a dry run assembly. The next step I have to do is to mate the palet with the seconds gear to make sure that the pendulum continues to sway. I am also in the process of making the weight and counter weight that will drive the clock. This particular clock runs on 17th century priciples. The original plans for this clock call for 1 1/2" copper pipe as the weight and 1/2" copper pipe for the counter weight. The 1 1/2" is filled with about 7lbs of lead buckshot. I priced copper pipe and lets just say that there will be no copper on my clock.
I emailed the designer of this clock who lives in Hawaii (spelling?) and I have to say that he is a really helpful guy. His name is Clayton Boyer and I ran some suggestions by him as to what I was considering and he's pretty sure that it will work. So, I glued the blanks this afternoon.

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I intend to turn this piece in the same fashion as a pepper mill and fill it with the shot to equal the 7 pounds.


I was also able to throw a piece of maple on the lathe to turn myself the counter weight. The counter weight isn't actuall weighted at all, but serves the purpose of not allowing the winding string to pull all the way through the clock.
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I have to do some fine tuning but I wont document that as it wont look any different. Here's hoping that everything work when the weight is added.

Hey Brink. Spin balancer? I'm not THAT technical.

And Joe, if you want the plans, here's a link. This clock will run for 24hours on a single wind. If you guys like, I will post a video, when the clock is completed, of it running on my youtube channel.

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I've been watching with great interest. It's a very cool project and you are doing a excellent job.

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Excellent, exacting craftsmanship, Kenbo. Great writeup and pics, too.

Harrison, at your service!
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