Wooden Clock - Quintus - Complete

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  1. two40

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    It fell in my lap tbh. It's a decent little unit.

    On the woodworking forum I read that this place has some but you won't find them online. Give them a call. That was going to be my next step before I was contacted with the offer to buy the Ryobi.

    http://www.fxlarkin.com.au/page119800.cfm

    Another option is to import something from the states. They have a decent selection.This Grizzly looks affordable. Not sure of the quality. There are Jet ones that are built well but you pay for it.

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  2. RobRoySyd

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    I bought the same drill press from H&F, mostly for drilling metal.
    No problems with it at all although my local metalworker did point out that it really has too many speed options and that makes changing the belt config tedious. Be aware in is top heavy and although you don't have to bolt it down it might wobble a bit if you don't. Mines on a bench that's not really solid enough and although it can wobble so far that isn't actually a problem.

    Also if you put it on a standard height bench, good luck reaching the belts, that I found out the hard way.
     
  3. two40

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    My bench will be 900 high which is dictated by the height of an existing unit which I want to have sitting next to my bench as a flush extension. It feels like a good comfortable height to me (167cm tall).

    Thanks for your comment. Further reinforces my decision to go with the floor standing model.

    On another note, I've been considering my dust extraction options in the past few days. Since my shop will be a small 9sqm in the basement without windows I really need to be careful. Having said that, I'm only starting out so there will be more bumbling around than woodworking going on and I've just started looking for a house and could be moving out very soon.

    With that in mind I am looking for something portable and easily removable. I have an existing central ducted vacuum system with the collection unit (pictured) in my shop room and an inlet just outside the room. The plan is to install a DIY Dust Deputy system before the inlet. Obviously only the Dust Deputy will be removable. I have researched room air filters but considering the small usage and possible move I'll be skipping this for the interim.

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  4. RobRoySyd

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    The only real advantage to a bench style drill press is if you want to be able to move it around. At some stage I'll make a base for mine with wheels. My man shed is very small so being able to move the press will solve a number of problems.

    One tip if I may.
    I'd never had a press with a morse taper chuck before and it took me a lot of time to get the chuck to lock into the quill. The thing that I didn't take to heart from the various tips I found on many fora was you have to get ALL the oil and grease off both sides of the taper. Only then will it in effect cold weld itself into place and stay put.
    Clean it thoroughly with a solvent soaked rag, I used turps but kero would probably be just as good.
     
  5. two40

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    Appreciate the tip. I'm sure this hobby will present many a #$%& moments.
     
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    Preview of the layout. I'll post a more thorough step by step when the workbench is complete and the tools are all in place.

    The bench in L shape against the far corner. I wasn't sure where to put the bench drill press but deciding to go with a pedestal type made it all too easy.
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    An existing bench/cabinet at 900mm height. I plan on building the workbench to sit flush with this unit. That small offcut that's on the ground next to it might end up being a crude router table top on hinges. Still need to figure out if I can make it work but I've got nothing to loose by giving it a go. Not too fussed about it being super accurate at this stage since this is a temp shop. I'm a hobby photographer and want to make picture frames for me and some friends so I will want to get a decent router table down the road.
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    The central ducted vacuum cleaner on the left, some storage in the centre and that silver filing cabinet will go elsewhere to be replaced by a pedestal drill press.
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  7. two40

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    Big smiles today. The clock kit arrived and I had to practise my zen to keep myself from being too excited.

    It's a design by David Atkinson from Woodentimes. I opted for a kit with hardware included so that I can jump right in without having to invest in all the tools I would need had I started with just the plans.

    I was not disappointed to see his instructions are very thorough and his hardware of excellent quality. For someone looking to test the waters, I would recommend this kit without any hesitation. You even get surprise gummy bears!

    1/ Kit purchased from woodentimes.com
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    2/ Solid box and well taped
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    3/ Items were bubble wrapped but not individually.
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    4/ No damage to any of the parts.
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    5/ CNC cut. Reminds me of the Tamiya car models I used to build as a kid
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    6/ All the small bits and pieces. Just need to add a battery.
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    7/ The manual. Surprisingly also very well produced.
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    8/ Thanks David
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    9/ Thorough instructions are included along with videos on his website.
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    10/ Gummy bears! A very cute touch. There were two packs. I've eaten one and the other I will open when the clock is complete. :)
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  8. $qwuzzy

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    Very cool!
    Would love to do something similar, but feel I'd need a new place of residence built around the clock! :lol:
     
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    :lol:

    I was wondering what you meant until I saw the photo of the designer in #8. He's posing next to some other clock there. This one that I'm building is only about 40cm tall.
     
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    love it! can't wait to see finished product.
     
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    SHIT YEAH, GUMMI BEARS!

    Also, the clock parts seemed to have arrived nicely.
     
  12. two40

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    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! :lol:
     
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    My night started with Nerds!
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    And a rather large box.
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    Which contained foam.
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    And a drill press!
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    I quickly set up as much as I could.
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    And the rest with a bit of help.
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    Found a nice surprise in the garage. Looks perfectly fine for a freebie.
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    In all her glory ready to drill some holes!
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    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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    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...
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    2/ I was able to use this bench which is at a handy 900mm height.
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    3/ These cabinets which will come in handy for keeping various tools dust free.
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    4/ I played around with combinations as one bench top was longer than the other.
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    5/ Wood for the frame all cut to size. I used a mix of MGP10, MGP12 and MGP15.
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    6/ First frame finished and all went as planned.
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    7/ Possibly overkill on the screws but I used 100mm and 75 mm liberally.
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    8/ My handy-man father helping out.
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    9/ Complete bench. Feels tough as nails.
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    10/ Both benches complete and in place.
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    11/ Small shop but at least everything is within reach ;-) Have to look at the positives in life.
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    Great work! Looks fantastic now. Love the benches.
     
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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.
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    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.
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    3/ Starting to look better after four coats. Those holes have been fun to clean up.
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    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.
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    5/ An encouraging moment to see half the frame together.
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    6/ Even more so with the pillars.
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    7/ I ran around the house with the complete frame as if I had invented the clock.
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    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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    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.
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    2/ Complete with the arbor in place
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    3/ In the frame and spinning
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  18. two40

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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.









     
  20. Mickatroid

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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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