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Old 3rd May 2012, 4:30 PM   #31
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SHIT YEAH, GUMMI BEARS!

Also, the clock parts seemed to have arrived nicely.
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Old 3rd May 2012, 4:49 PM   #32
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Also, the clock parts seemed to have arrived nicely.
I was sweating on that actually. Some parcels get handled pretty roughly so I was glad to see it all undamaged. I'll do the damage thank you very much!
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Old 6th May 2012, 3:53 PM   #33
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My night started with Nerds!


And a rather large box.


Which contained foam.


And a drill press!


I quickly set up as much as I could.


And the rest with a bit of help.


Found a nice surprise in the garage. Looks perfectly fine for a freebie.


In all her glory ready to drill some holes!


Still waiting on the Woodfast 12" disc sander which should be ready for pick up in a little over a week. From there and once the workbench is finished I'll be ready to make a start on the clock.
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Old 11th May 2012, 12:22 PM   #34
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Over three weeks after I started transforming a basement room to a workshop I am ready to make a start on my clock project. Seems like a long time for a small room but I was held up here and there.

All up the two benches cost me around $90 which was mostly towards the frame and some towards the screws. The bench tops were a donation from my work.

1/ The shop-to-be was a store room in its previous life. Don't mind my pink bike...


2/ I was able to use this bench which is at a handy 900mm height.


3/ These cabinets which will come in handy for keeping various tools dust free.


4/ I played around with combinations as one bench top was longer than the other.


5/ Wood for the frame all cut to size. I used a mix of MGP10, MGP12 and MGP15.


6/ First frame finished and all went as planned.


7/ Possibly overkill on the screws but I used 100mm and 75 mm liberally.


8/ My handy-man father helping out.


9/ Complete bench. Feels tough as nails.


10/ Both benches complete and in place.


11/ Small shop but at least everything is within reach ;-) Have to look at the positives in life.
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Old 11th May 2012, 12:42 PM   #35
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Great work! Looks fantastic now. Love the benches.
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Old 14th May 2012, 9:58 PM   #36
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I'm finally putting in some hours on the clock. I thought I would hate finishing but it's an interesting challenge that can make or break a project so I figure I'd better learn as much as I can about it. Doing a bit of experimenting on scraps and some of it comes out but it's all very time consuming with long dry times.

1/ Sanding the frame some 120 & 180 sandpaper glued to a paddle pop stick.


2/ After a couple of coats. The ply really sucks up the stain I'm using. Results are much better on bits of wood like the base & pillars.


3/ Starting to look better after four coats. Those holes have been fun to clean up.


4/ The base after only one coat. Looks great after a couple and I have just given it a once over with some decking oil which will need to dry over night.


5/ An encouraging moment to see half the frame together.


6/ Even more so with the pillars.


7/ I ran around the house with the complete frame as if I had invented the clock.


I had some issues with the instruction manual in regards to the spacers. I believe his measurements were off by 2mm so I shortened them to 48mm instead of the 50mm listed in his manual. Reading further along I found a scaled drawing and noted that the cut out of the spacer holes in the plywood was off by 1mm on both the front and the back frame parts. It's encouraging to see that despite the cuts being off, they were consistently off on each of the six holes which leads me to believe that it's most likely a simple cnc input error.

I have finished everything you see here with a stain called Acorn from Cabot's. The pillars and the base have received their first coat of natural decking oil and I will apply the second coat soon. I'm using the decking oil because that's what was in the garage so the price was right and it looks good to boot.

The face and hands will be finished in a darker colour for contrast and the wheel train will be left untouched for both contrast and because it would be really difficult to finish them without clogging up the teeth on the cogs.
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Old 18th May 2012, 1:49 PM   #37
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Last night I put together the escapement wheel and it seems to have gone well although there is a bit of friction. What do you all think?



1/ Needs a bit of a clean up. This is from two nights ago.


2/ Complete with the arbor in place


3/ In the frame and spinning
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Old 18th May 2012, 6:41 PM   #38
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Fixed most of the friction with the help of David (guy who designed it).

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Starting to feel like I'm getting somewhere now. Putting together the first wheel took me much longer than the next two wheels.

Pretty happy with the friction of each wheel so far and I'm sure I'll be able to improve them slightly as I further polish the arbors and line up the bearings.









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Awesome project. Although it would not be nearly as small scale another useful project might be to build some speakers. They Jaycar kits are cool and if one was keen the cabinets could be made out of dovetailed reclaimed hardwood or something equally as exotic

I am stoked to see you buying some Australian made power tools.
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I am stoked to see you buying some Australian made power tools.
Do you mean the H&F drill press? I think that's made in Taiwan and branded by an Aussie company. I picked up a Woodfast 12" disc sander yesterday which is the same deal. The good thing about Woodfast is they strip the sanders and make sure all is ok, add their own parts etc and then charge a premium. Worth it though. It sands like a beast compared to my small Carba-Tec unit (which is again made in Asia and re-branded by an Aussie company).

I took advantage of the Carba-Tec sale yesterday and bought a few other things, amongst them a scroll saw. I'm pretty much set to make clocks from scratch now and will be doing so after I finish this kit one.

1/ Woodfast 12" Disc Sander


2/ Excalibur 21" Scroll Saw


3/ Excalibur 21" Scroll Saw


And a quick tour of the shop.

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Old 20th May 2012, 1:37 PM   #42
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the documentary series is VERY good as well.
awesome.. just added it to my usenet download list for tonight. Looking forward to it, Jeremy Irons is a personal favourite actor.

edit: awesome project btw - has inspired me to investigate the clock kit as I'm a total woodwork newbie, but it'd make a fantastic anniversary (even though we're well past the 5th year) present.

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awesome.. just added it to my usenet download list for tonight. Looking forward to it, Jeremy Irons is a personal favourite actor.

edit: awesome project btw - has inspired me to investigate the clock kit as I'm a total woodwork newbie, but it'd make a fantastic anniversary (even though we're well past the 5th year) present.
I ordered it from ABC for $20. Hasn't come in yet. http://shop.abc.net.au/products/longitude-3

Don't let the total newbie thing put you off. It's an easy project to do and she will love it.
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Was the carba-tech sander I saw in particular
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Old 23rd May 2012, 3:51 PM   #45
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I should be at the first fit stage this weekend and finished sometime next week providing there are no big problems with accuracy.

With that in mind, I went ahead and purchased 3 plans for the 3 women in my life and these ones will need to be built from scratch.

All plans are from Clayton Boyer with The Toucan being a group design.

1/ Simplicity - For my mother in-law


2/ Hawaiian Time - For my mother


3/ Toucan - For my fiance
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