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Re: CNC and clock building

Postby bill z » Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:54 pm

Kayvon,

This is a really cool clock and well done. I didn't understand the minute hand at first till I noticed the pegs riding on the cam. That is a great idea.
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Re: CNC and clock building

Postby Kayvon » Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:00 pm

Almost two months later and I'm still tinkering with it to get it running consistently. I had one instance where it ran for two days straight, but the slightest adjustment after that brought it back to a couple hours at a time. It's a work in progress.

My first clock, Simplicity, is still running great. It's extremely reliable and even survived a nephew forcibly yanking pieces apart at one point. I recently changed the hands out for thin walnut cuts, which provide a nice contrast that's easier to see from across the room.

Anyone else doing clockmaking recently?
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Re: CNC and clock building

Postby cjablonski » Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:55 am

Not much to report on the horology front as life continues to happen (got married and in search of a new home) . I will note here that the HO completed in March has been running flawlessly since her first day and has now been adjusted to be accurate to within 1 minute per rewind ( 1 minute per week). Helps she is always in a climate controlled air conditioned space.My goal is once things settle down here in a bit (few months) I would love to tackle Claytons Leeds 7 day 3 wheel clock. She's silent (selling feature to the wife) and another 1 week runner. Fingers crossed this might happen by years end. Anyone else up to something new?
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Re: CNC and clock building

Postby bill z » Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:16 pm

I know what you mean cjablonski & Kayvon.

This Spring and Summer has been mostly doing for others and not giving much time for me at the CNC. I have a bunch of projects I want to do backing up. I have purchased everything for my Epicyclic clock but...

Really the other stuff is just an excuse. I could push stuff aside, and maybe I will the start of September.
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Re: CNC and clock building

Postby bill z » Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:33 am

Down here in Houston, there was some flooding and folks were putting flooded furniture and stuff on the curb for the county to hall off. Really sad.

There was this grandfather clock on top of the pile with a water mark half way up. I did stop to look at it because I love clocks.

It was the cheap battery thing in a grandfather box. However it did have a banjo pendulum and some weight cans. The weight cans were empty but looked nice.

After getting permission from the owner, I now have a banjo pendulum and some nice weight cans for one of my next clocks.
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Re: CNC and clock building

Postby cjablonski » Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:44 am

Been months, feels like years (and is soon climbing to be a full year) since my last build. "Adulting " has put the kabash on any woodworking outside of professionally. Now, due to purchasing our new home and an impending move, the shop in its entirety is in the process of being broke down to ship to its new home (2x the size easily with pre plumbed compressed air with remote and other goodies). Been a tough year on the build front. I've missed my goal of building the Leeds 7 day clock by years end, but she's still on the bucket list. With this post, my hope is to live vicariously through the creations of others to keep my spirits up along with the drive to continue building (sorta keep the fire alive and smiling through this tough patch). Keep the addiction going, ya know? :) Anyone done anything cool on the horology front of late?
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Re: CNC and clock building

Postby bill z » Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:36 am

I have to say that my clock has been running for some 2 years now and NOW is staring to stop. Sad, isn't it?

I figure after 2 years, it now needs a cleaning and re-polishing of the brass rods. If I add more weight, it will run again. I don't want to add more weight to overcome friction, I would rather reduce the friction.

2 years!!! How time flys!! <--;)
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Re: CNC and clock building

Postby cjablonski » Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:11 am

I know, right! I can't believe it's been 2 years! And as to the stoppage? Hell it ran UNTOUCHED for 2 YEARS! That itself is an achievement to behold.
I too am shocked as to how much time has flown by. I just wound my harmonic oscillator yesterday and saw she has been around for over a year now (13 months) and even that didn't break your record (had to tweak after 1 year).

When creating timepieces, it's odd how you lose track of time :D

Congratulations my good man, may she give you 100 more, and you be around to care for her.....
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Re: CNC and clock building

Postby bill z » Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:34 pm

In the process of taking my clock apart and polishing it up, I started looking around the internet for other clocks (newer clocks). Always wanting a clock with a second hand on the same center post as the hour and minute. I saw one designed by TheWoodenClock.com called Starchar. Their plans including DXF that loaded into my Vcarve and all was only $20. to down load. I had to clean up the DXF a little for the Shark, but they look pretty complete and doable. Actually it looks pretty beefy. The minute wheels and 2nd wheel are cut from ¾ ply. However they get thinner from there. I’m betting they could be made lighter using thinner ply and some spacers.

Look it up. The Starchar Clock by TheWoodenClock.com.

BTW, My Boyer clock is ticking away again after cleaning. Someone said that even grandfather clocks need cleaning every 5 to 8 years and they are in a box.

Hurricane Harvey sort of put me behind on a bunch. I've just gott3en caught up so this summer, there will be time to make a clock or two.

I just love wood that moves.
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Re: CNC and clock building

Postby cjablonski » Sun Apr 29, 2018 5:17 pm

Its great she is back singing for you and glad to hear the maintenance went well. I took the time to look at your suggestion for the starchar. It looks great and I'm sure you will bring some of your own unique style and experience to the build.
I now have engaged once again in this wood that moves endeavour. Just today I purchased Clayton's Leeds clock and am awaiting delivery of the plans. She is a need in my new home ( family room has no time telling device which is annoying) and a bucket list build regardless. Killing 2 birds with one stone :D That said, my hope is to do a few more this year, with an adaptation potentially of a small orrery into a circular large coffee table complete with scaled gears. For now, Leeds will fill my need for frustration in my life :P
Please keep us posted as to you progress and experience with the build! It seems as this is dominated by Boyer designs here, and well deserved as many are stunning, but a foray to another is a great breath to take. Any and all clock making is wonderful to see.No matter who makes what clock, its always great to see wood in motion
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