What do you want to be when you grow up? It all started with that question. A couple of weeks ago my partner and I were holidaying up at the beautiful Great Barrier Reef coast and I asked her what she wants to be when she grows up. Now, we're too old for that question but it was asked with a playful 'what if' and we spent about half an hour discussing it. Wouldn't it be great to posses all of this knowledge that comes with experience and hindsight and apply it to your choice of career at the beginning rather than mid way or at the end of your working life? We both learned a little about each other and we both reflected. She decided to work with kids via musical therapy when she grows up while I decided to make beautiful things with wood when I grow up. Perhaps it is too late for me to learn a trade and make a living out of it. Perhaps this is a silly dream that should remain as one. I don't have the answer either way but at the risk of sounding crass and corny, f#ck it, life is too short to keep dreaming - I'm building a wooden clock. I own a small selection of tools and no workbench. My woodworking skills go no farther than a none too enthusiastic year spent mucking around with my friends in high school. It will be an expensive venture with lots of frustration but as they say, a dog will bark when struck with a wrench. That hardly made sense but then again nothing about this makes sense so let's run with it. Since you need a minimum of 3 rather expensive machines to start making clocks I figured I would cheat a little with my first one and buy an already cut clock kit. There aren't too many around but one caught my attention. It's a design by David Atkinson from Woodentimes. I fell for the Quintus which is an electromagnetically powered clock. I chose the chime less version and it cost me a touch over AU$200 delivered. It comes with everything you need to get started less the tools. Since ordering the kit I have been researching tools. The three necessary machine tools to build a clock from scratch are a scroll saw, drill press, and a belt/disc sander. I'm sure you can build them without these tools but no sane mane would try it. Certainly not one with very little woodworking experience to start with. I have managed to source a drill press from a family friend and yesterday I purchased a belt/disc sander. The scroll saw is not a necessity at this stage since this first clock comes with cut cogs. There will be other tools required no doubt. I own a small selection as I already mentioned but one thing I do not own is a decent workbench. Rather than spending money on the bench I will try to get away with a home built one. I managed to source an office type bench top from work which is very solid. All I have to do is attach it to some legs and maybe build a shelf under it. This is the sander I picked up for $60 yesterday. It has an upright 25mm belt and a too small 127mm disc but it'll do. I bought it mainly for the belt (used to sand between cogs) and let me tell you it's a hard task finding these types of sanders here in Australia. They seem to be readily available in the states but the shipping is not kind. I will be posting periodical updates in this thread but for those that want to follow my silly journey you can find lots more on a little blog I started called Ticking Wood. Follow me and see if I can finish one clock before I cut off one finger. Seems like a realistic goal.