David Shaw's Wooden Clock

THE WOODEN HANDS OF TIME
This project went like clockwork.

SHOP OWNER: David Shaw
LOCATION: Sabetha, KS

    I just finished this all-wooden clock on Feb 25, 2001. I have over 200 hours on this project, but a lot of that was just sitting and watching the gears turn (trying to figure out why it would run for five hours and then stop). It is now running consistently and keeps time within a few minutes every day.
David Shaw's Wooden Clock
    I really enjoyed making this clock, as I did a lot of things I've never done before. I learned how to use Auto Cad to draw my projects, how to use my scroll saw better, found a good use for my pin router, and learned a lot about gears and how they are designed.
Clock Parts

    The clock is made out of walnut except for the hands and second hand dial which are birdseye maple. The walnut lumber came from trees that I cut back in the 70's with my father on our farm. I have about 6,000 board feet of this lumber in a shed that has been air drying for around 30 years.
Close-Up View of Gears

    I have a second clock in a Southwest design underway now. I will be happy to answer any e-mails about wooden clock construction and about this clock in particular.

. . . David Shaw



 

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