How to Make a Wooden Gear Clock

Drawing of Galileo's wooden pendulum clock. Public domain in the United States.
Drawing of Galileo's wooden pendulum clock. Public domain in the United States.

One day I will find the time and the money to sit down and make my own wooden clock. Until then, I've done all the research needed, figured out what tools to use, and learned about the different parts of a wooden clock. Here, I'll share what I've learned.

Initially, it's hard to understand how a clock and its gears all work together, but it's actually very simple. This article discusses the following:

  • How wooden-gear clocks work.
  • The tools required to make a wooden-gear clock.
  • How to build a clock, with visual aids and a video.

This article is about making a wooden-gear clock from a plan purchased online. The most popular plans are Clayton Boyer clocks. Building a wooden-gear clock entirely from scratch requires mechanical and mathematical knowledge that's beyond the scope of this article.

How do Wooden-Gear Clocks Work?

The process of making a clock work just right is a little tricky and it will take some trial and error to make it keep time, but that is part of the fun of the project. Learning as much as you can about how clocks work is the first step to building your own.

You may want to take a moment to flip through some books on the subject. You can either buy books from Amazon or your local book store, or you can do what I did and go to your local library and check out some of the books they have have on clock repair. Clocks have been around for several centuries, so there is plenty of information on the art of clockwork and its history, which I really enjoy learning about.

You can also spend some time on YouTube and watch everything possible about clocks and how they work. You will be amazed at the amount of information available on some of these websites. I know I was.

The Parts

Here is a very basic list of the different parts of a wooden clock:

  • Power source: What keeps the clock going? In the case of most homemade clocks, the momentum is created by a swinging weight, or pendulum, which moves the gears as it swings back and forth.
  • Escapement: A device that controls the energy that escapes from the movement of the weight, slowing it down and allowing the energy to be spaced out over time. The escapement is built out of an escape gear, escape lever, and the pendulum. As the pendulum swings, it moves the escapement lever in and out of the escape gear, stopping it from spinning. The escapement is what makes the tick-tock sound.
  • Gear train: When mounted on the frame, the gears for the second, minute, and hour hands interlock and roll on each other. This mechanism is called the gear train. The different gears are explained in detail below.
  • Gear: Clock gears are actually made of four parts: the wheel, the arbor, the pinion, and the pivot. The wheel is the toothed circle that turns, hooking the other wheels with its teeth. The arbor is the axel of the gear. The pinion is a small wheel held to the main wheel by the arbor, which is driven by the other gears. The pivot is a tube of polished metal at the end of the arbor which reduces friction with the plate.

How Do They Work?

The three gears of a clock.
The three gears of a clock.

As shown above, roughly, a clock usually has three gears in its gear train, each moving one of the three hands indicating seconds, minutes, and hours.

Gear Study: From Minutes to Seconds

Gear diagram of a wooden clock.
Gear diagram of a wooden clock.

The rough diagram above shows how the gears of a wooden clock interlock and move to keep time. The yellow, red, and dark blue gears aren't connected to each other, rather they interlock with each others' pinions (the green and light blue wheels), which are affixed to the main gear wheels. This changes the speed by which the driving gear moves the next and is determined by the size and teeth number of the pinion.

In the diagram above, every time the yellow gear turns one full rotation around its sixty teeth, the red gear turns a total of six rotations. The yellow gear is pushing the green pinion, making the red wheel, also with sixty gears, move faster than the yellow one. Every time the red gear turns one full rotation, the blue gear turns ten times. The gears on a wooden clock will operate under the same principles, and allow the second hand to run faster than the minute hand, which will run faster than the hour hand.

Building a Mechanical Wooden Clock: Select a Pattern

Most amateur clockmakers—also known as horologists—will want to make their wooden clock from a plan. There are many places online to purchase patterns, but the most popular seems to be Clayton Boyer clocks, and many of the YouTube tutorials about wooden clockmaking concern Clayton Boyer plans. You can also purchase books and kits from Amazon.

What You Need to Build One:

Because of the precision required in cutting and sanding the teeth of the gears, escapement wheel, and other parts, making even a simple wooden clock demands access to power tools and a woodshop.

The materials you need will vary by the clock plan you work with. Here is the minimum of what you need to make a mechanical wooden-gear clock:

  • Wooden-gear clock plan
  • Wood
  • Scroll saw
  • Band or Miter saw
  • Drill press or hand drill
  • Clamps
  • Spray adhesive (to adhere the plans to the wood)
  • Wood screws and washers
  • Wood glue
  • Dremel sandpaper or sanding wheel
  • Safety gear: goggles, work gloves, sturdy shoes, and a thick apron.

What Kind of Wood Should I Use?

You may be asking, what is the best kind of wood to use for a wooden-gear clock? There is no single answer, but you want to use a wood that is hard and strong enough not to split, and fine-grained for smoothness and detailing. You don't need fancy exotic wood, a good birch plywood, maple, or oak should suffice.

Clock Plans #2
Clock Plans #2

Choose and Lay Out a Plan

The image above is an example of a wooden-gear clock plan, easily available for purchase on Amazon or your local hobby shop. When you have the plans:

  • Make copies of your plans in case you mess up and need to start over.
  • Cut out each part from the plan.
  • Using a spray adhesive, carefully glue your plans to the wood, taking care there are no air bubbles.
  • Cut out the rough shape of the individual parts, which will make them easier to cut precisely with the scroll or band saw.

Cut Out Your Gears Using a Scroll Saw

  • In most wooden-gear clock plans, you need to drill holes where the arbor will slip through the gear. There will often be a set of holes in between the gear teeth and in the interior cut-outs of the gears. These holes make it easier to cut out the teeth and cut-outs by inserting the scroll saw into them and using them as a starting point.
  • Using a scroll saw, cut out the gears and their teeth. Some woodworkers prefer to use a band saw for this step. Whatever you use, be extremely careful and take your time. The precision of the gear teeth is one key to making your clock keep time.
  • Sand everything. Using a dremel or power sander, sand every cut edge of the gears as perfectly as possible.

Stain and Seal Your Gears

You could just leave your clock in it's raw wood state, and it may look lovely. However, staining it will make it look more professional and sealing with protect the wood for years to come.

Make sure you follow the directions for your wood stain. If you don't apply it evenly or wipe it off when the directions say to, you may get blotches and streaks. What you want is a nice uniform color all over the wood. Avoid staining or varnishing the insides of the teeth, which could mess up your gear train.

Think about staining the gears different colors. This will give the moving gears some added visual interest, and contrast the different parts of the clock from each other.

Assemble Your Gear Wheels

As discussed above, the gear wheels are made up of the wheel itself, a pinion, and an axel or arbor.

  • Most wooden clockmaking kits will come with a sheet of paper laying out the arbors and pivots. Use this to determine the size of the rods.
  • Use a polisher and sander to clean and polish the rods. This will reduce the amount of friction they cause.
  • Following your clock plan's instructions, assemble the wheels, pinions, and spacers using the arbors. Use wood glue and clamps to affix the pinion and spacers to the wheels around the arbors.

Assemble It

How you assemble your clock will, for the most part, depend on what type of clock you're building and from what plan.

  • Build the frame using your plan's instructions. Every frame will be different, and some are more ornate than others. The frame will have holes to house the wheel sets' arbors.
  • Insert each wheel set (the gear wheel, pinion, arbor, and possibly a spacer) and the escapement mechanism into the frame, first one at a time and then two at a time, to make sure they run freely and with each other. You should be able to make the wheels move freely just by blowing on them.
  • You may find that some of your parts do not fit very well together. That may be because of the stain and the sealer. All it takes is a bit of sanding where the joint fits and you should be back in business.
  • The pendulum and drive weight, along with the escape mechanism, are what actually make your clock keep time. Again, the specifications here will depend on what your instructions say to do. Generally, you will make the drive weight using wood and lead shot.
  • Add the hands and any other decorative elements.

How to Make It Run on Time

Getting your clock to keep the right time will take a lot of trial and error. Be patient, and follow these steps:

  • Make sure the escapement mechanism is ticking at an even speed, and if not, manually adjusting the anchor should do the trick.
  • Make your drive weight is adjustable. You can do this by weighting it with lead shot which can be easily added or removed. If the clock is running slow, the weight is probably too heavy, and too little weight can stop the clock altogether.
  • Check the pendulum bob, which should also be made adjustable. If the clock is running fast, slide the bob down the pendulum, and up if it's running slow.

Maintaining It

Wooden-gear clocks, when kept indoors, require very little upkeep. However, there are some things you can do to keep it running well:

  • Unlike metal clocks, wooden-gear clocks need very little cosmetic upkeep or oiling. Since most wooden-gear clocks are exposed, treating the wood with oil will just attract dirt and dust into the clock and gum up the moving parts.
  • Instead of using oil, use a dust rag, fine steel wool, or sand paper to wipe dust and debris. If it's extremely dirty, wash it with an old toothbrush and warm water and clean out any exposed holes with a toothpick.
  • If you must, use a small amount of graphite grease on the pivot only.
  • Of all the moving parts, the escapement wheel will wear out the fastest. You might even want to make an extra wheel for replacement.

More About Wooden Clock Gears and Gear Ratios

"Gear ratio" denotes the ratio of the speed of one gear (the input gear) to the speed of the second, or output, gear. Not just clocks, but motors, pulley systems, and other simple and complex machines are built to optimize gear ratios. If you make a wooden-gear clock from a plan, the gear ratio will have been figured out for you by whoever drew up the plan. The number of teeth on the wheels and the pinions has been optimized so that the hour, minute, and second hands move at different speeds, but on the same rhythm, all synchronized to the tick tock of the escapement wheel.

However, if you want to build a clock from scratch, you'll need to optimize the gear ratio yourself. The escapement gear, pushing the pendulum, counts the seconds, and there are 60 seconds in a minute, and 60 minutes in an hour, or 3,600 seconds in an hour. The minute hand gear, therefore, should rotate once every 3,600 seconds. The axle indicating hours will rotate once every 43,200 seconds (or every 12 hours).

Here are two very good sources for calculating the gear ratios for a wooden-gear clock:

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eclecticeducati1 6 years ago

This is so cool! I know I would never do it. I'm not at all good with wood and hate knives and saws, but the lens is really cool and if your good with wood working, it would be neat to do! Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

Really cool! My son like to build ~ bet he'll love this idea!

anonymous 6 years ago

I think it would be awesome to see and to make. I hope you get the time some day to make your clock. Good Luck. Be sure to post pictures once you do make it.

anonymous 6 years ago

Awesome lens and informative. Great topic and great lens!!! ~

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FanfrelucheHubs 5 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

My grandfather did a lot of woodworking, I am sure he would have appreciate this. I don't think he ever did a clock like this.

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Spook LM 5 years ago

Blimey, fierce difficult for someone with two left thumbs to understand. Merry Xmas. blessed by an Angel

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LizMac60 5 years ago from United Kingdom

This is such a good lens. My son, when he was about ten, was given a book from which you could make a cardboard clock. He never succeeded, being a little too young, but boy did he enjoy trying. I shall see if I can interest him in this lens now he is 38!! Blessed by a squid angel and featured on Me?!! A Squid Angel.

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Michey LM 5 years ago

Oh! boy! this is too technical for me... LOL but I sprinkle Angel dust blessing the lens

Happy Holiday to you!

mockingbird999 5 years ago

Very cool, but too tough for me to make.

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WindyWintersHubs 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

Congrats on your 1st Purple Star. This is a very Interesting project! It sure would be challenging to get the gears in the correct position. My dad and my hubby have made burl clocks (cut and finished the wood) but with a clock kit. :)

anonymous 5 years ago

WOW! I am so glad I found this lens, I have favorites it and will use it as reference. I would really, REALLY like to try a project like this!

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norma-holt 5 years ago

Recently we had a DaVInci exhibition here in Canberra and it was fascinating to see the gears he worked out and applies to inventions. Great lens and featured on Motivation.

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joanv334 5 years ago

Hello, thanks for sharing!

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indigoj 5 years ago from UK

This looks like a fun project and very informative. Congratulations on that purple star!

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jackieb99 5 years ago

Very cool!

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TURCOLIVE 5 years ago

I think most importand thing in this project time and perseverance. I hope you complete you project.

anonymous 5 years ago

Wonderful Lens

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sousababy 5 years ago

Oh I love this . . I didn't think it was possible to do before I read this. What a fantastic project to teach the kids (just make sure to keep them away from the scroll saw, wear eye protection and gloves). I revere hand-crafted items so much more as I get older. Well researched and your explanations/video choices are easy to understand. Must put this one in the sidebar of my 'Squidoo people with a good heart' lens. Hope it helps! Rose

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sousababy 5 years ago

Lensrolled to my: Healthy Gifts for 2011...Yay!, Squidoo people with a good heart (earn up to 278 points) and Healthy Gifts for Pets and People you Adore lenses. A wooden gear clock would make an wonderful keepsake. Who wouldn't want a handmade clock from their mom or dad to keep and give to a grandchild someday?

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UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

Fantastic, really inspirational! excellent lens.

JoshK47 5 years ago

This is really interesting, awesome lens!

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jvsper63 5 years ago

Lots of good information on teaching kids) Nicely done Great job Joni

ancoraimparo 5 years ago

Now this is a woodworking project I could enjoy

Stonecutter 5 years ago

Wow, this looks very challenging but what a sense of accomplishment you would have after successfully completing and displaying one of these clocks. You really did a lot of research and presented this very well, Great Lens

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UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

I fully intend to have a go at one of the clocks

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ClinicallySigni 5 years ago

Holy smokes that seems like it might be a lot of work. But it would be great to have the time (and patience) to do it wouldn't it?

anonymous 5 years ago

Wow - that sounds so complicated, if you have done it than you are a real genius.

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Philippians468 5 years ago

this is wonderful! i love DIY craft! cheers

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chezchazz 5 years ago from New York

Wow! You must have incredible patience and skill! Awesome.

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sousababy 5 years ago

Dear Robert, I responded to your comment on my lens, 'Brilliant Inventions you need NOW' with a link to this one. (RE: your interest in the white bedside table/dresser design). I can 'smell the wood burning' now. Don't work too hard, my Squidoo friend. You are just recovering from your Haiku challenge. Thank you for being an inspiration. Take good care, Rose

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sousababy 5 years ago

Oh and congrats on your purple star, well deserved! Sincerely, Rose

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Tamara14 5 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

Fascinating idea for a lens Robert! I just love wood and just about anything made of wood. I'm not sure I'd be skilled enough to pull off a project like that, but it would definitely be exciting to try :)

jaystanley 5 years ago

the inside of clocks, I always wondered how is equipped

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paperfacets 5 years ago from La Verne, CA

A few years ago I was obsessed with clocks and eBay. An Alarming combination.

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jlshernandez 5 years ago

This is a fabulous lens. I love mechanical clock like the cuckoo clock I own from the Black Forest. It is an engineering marvel and so are your wooden gear clocks. Thanks for sharing and blessed by a SquidAngel. I am featuring this My Black Forest Cuckoo Clock.

MichaelTJones 5 years ago

Really interesting lens! I will one day build a wooden clock also. This fascinates me!

Do you know about the ancient "Antikythera mechanism" ?

That truly mind boggling! Check it out!

Lifeteam 5 years ago

Awesome! Certainly A wealth of subject specific information. Love it.

KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

I have always wanted to try building one of those clock making kits. They look like so much fun.

RecipePublishing 5 years ago

Nice lens.

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ellagis 5 years ago

I love all kind of clocks, as I had a very old one in my parents' house, and I'd love to build one.... maybe one day....

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cheech1981 5 years ago

very projects like this

legaleze 5 years ago

what a fun project

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modernchakra 5 years ago

This was a very interesting post and I found myself spending the most time in the gears section. I never how cool combining so many different ratios can be, telling different phases or planets along with just second hours and minutes... calendars integrated, star chart. I love it... all through gears. Thanks for the resource!

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TheGourmetCoffe 5 years ago

Very interesting lens. Makes our family appreciate a mantel clock built by an ancestor by hand, lovely chimes and workmanship.

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sidther lm 5 years ago

This is really cool! Thanks for sharing these helpful instructions on how to make a clock!

anonymous 5 years ago

Awesome stuff - I love these types of things. Great instructions!

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danzuc76 5 years ago

Neat lens. Wish I had the time and tools to build one.

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CruiseReady 4 years ago from East Central Florida

Fabulous lens! Making one of these wooden gear clocks must take a great deal of talent.

anonymous 4 years ago

Wow this is pretty cool!

anonymous 4 years ago

Hey this is seriously good stuff you put up here! :)

Esteemmarketing 4 years ago

This looks like fun

miaponzo 4 years ago

These gears, clocks, and mechanisms look awesome!!! I have always wanted a watch that has the gears showing!!! Blessed!

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YsisHb 4 years ago

I love gears, especially wooden ones. (I appreciated very muche the Da Vinci exhibition of his machines.) You have done a great work here and I wish you find the time and money to construct your own wooden gear clock. I'm sure you'll do.

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SayGuddaycom 4 years ago

This is just about my favorite lens ever.

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armidabooks 4 years ago

very cool lens.... well done

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flycatcherrr 4 years ago

My inner hobby-geek is very happy to discover this lens. Cardboard, you say? I can make a cardboard clock? Hmmm... :)

seosmm 4 years ago

Very cool idea. Nice Lens!

anonymous 4 years ago

When I was in Byscouts as a kid, I built a Wooden Gear Clock as a Project!

Thanks for this Lens and the Memories!! :D

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PattB LM 4 years ago

What a great lens! I've always love clocks, and want to learn about them. Your lens will help, thanks!

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Leilani-m 4 years ago

Love this! I have to show it to my father, and I can bet that he will try to make wooden clock soon :)

nikyweber 4 years ago

awesome lens! Squidlike!

sheezie77 4 years ago

Very nice lens! thank you for sharing!

ScrollSawChuck 4 years ago

I have looked at the different books on wooden clock making, but haven't decided to give it a try yet. Maybe someday I will in as much as that kind of project would be real scroll saw art. Thanks for the great information.

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Gypzeerose 4 years ago

I thank I would enjoy doing this craft. Intriguing - and I would start with the cardboard modelling first.

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RandomChuck 4 years ago

This is a great lens. I have a Dremel that needs to be used, and this will help.

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navalava lm 4 years ago

Great advices! Surtainly would love to try it. Thank you.

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MelonyVaughan 4 years ago

Great lens and wonderful links. Now all I need is to find some spare time...

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TolovajWordsmith 4 years ago from Ljubljana

They are great project. I think the biggest problem will be finding the right kind of wood. It must not be too hard, too soft, too elastic... You will probably have to 'invent' some special tools too (or at least adapt existing ones). Enjoy!

howtotextagirlyoulike 4 years ago

My cell phone has a clock in it already! This is really cool though.

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favored 4 years ago from USA

Very interesting work here. Now I only need a woodworker to do this stuff for me :)

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sidther lm 4 years ago

came back with a quick blessing :) I still think this is super cool!

anonymous 4 years ago

This is super interesting.

brynimagire 4 years ago

Great information to making a clock. Great lens.!Thanks.

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Virtue Creations 4 years ago

Wonderful lens! Good luck with your ambition in building a wooden clock, it is something I would like to do also one day. :)

dannystaple 4 years ago

I'd love to build a clock. I am always tinkering with machines and gadgets, and I am most interested in learning how to mill my own gears. I do have an advantage of living near the Kew Bridge Steam Museum where I can see many machines in action. You could do with managing your links a bit better - it looks like a spammy thing has crept in there. Now I may be able to get a small amount of time on a laser cutter - I'd love to see what I could do with one for gears. For getting to know gears, Lego has a good selection of things, but not an escapement, although I have seen Lego clocks.

I don't like wearing watches, but if I did, it would be a visible movement type.

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jordanmilesbask 4 years ago

Such a great lens for wooden gear clock...Well done!

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KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

Pretty amazing!

dumutu 4 years ago

oh wow..... I want to have one......

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blazingzone lm 4 years ago

Great lens, good info.

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magictricksdotcom 4 years ago

Wow, there is sure a lot of info in this lens! I collect antique clocks, but I never thought of trying to make one myself, especially with wooden gears. Enjoyed the lens!

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bikerministry 4 years ago

Awesome lens. Blessings.

muhdraza 4 years ago

great work.. :))

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biggking lm 4 years ago

since it is wooden will it break?

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rgasperson lm 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

@biggking lm: It is possible over time, but so will a metal clock. You will be using plywood, which is very strong to begin with. I am interested in building one out of plexi or aluminum if I can find a way to cut it.

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markadamdouglass 4 years ago

Looks like a fascinating project

fryroost 4 years ago

Just Awesome!

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mdfroze 4 years ago

Wow, it was great work......

it's nice to see the Video as well......

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Gypzeerose 4 years ago

You have really worked hard on this! Excellent how to do it lens, and I loved the part on teaching kids how to tell time.

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Gypzeerose 4 years ago

clicked too quick: - Squid Angel Blessed

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bushaex 4 years ago from Ohio

SquidAngel blessings.

HouseBuyersOfAmerica 4 years ago

Wow! Very interesting and wonderful lens...great job

webscan 4 years ago

Hey, this is a great article, simply fantastic!

Dianeyp LM 4 years ago

This is an amazing lens with tons of information! I love clocks of any kind and this one is really unique.

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rgasperson lm 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

@Dianeyp LM: Thank You. I have really enjoyed making this lens. I hope you let me know when you make your own wooden clock.

CristianStan 4 years ago

This looks very complicated though I am not a DIY guy :)

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rgasperson lm 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

@CristianStan: It's a hobby. If you need something to help relax you, building a wooden clock is something that is fun to learn how to do.

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Jemecan 4 years ago

Would like to try to make one!

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rgasperson lm 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

@Jemecan: The only thing that is stopping you is time and money. I am sure you can find a little bit of both.

D_L_Harbin 4 years ago

Super lens! I wish I had the patience to make one. :(

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Wendy Leanne 4 years ago from Texas

This is so neat.

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rgasperson lm 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

@Wendy Leanne: Why thank you

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rgasperson lm 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

@D_L_Harbin: It could be the journey to your inner patience. Why not try to build one.

anonymous 4 years ago

You've made a really great lens. My husband did a wooden boat and he'll teach our son when he's old enough. Keep up the good work.

anonymous 4 years ago

Awesome lens.

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rgasperson lm 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

@anonymous: Thank You

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rgasperson lm 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

@anonymous: cool. There is something about working with wood. It is one of man's oldest crafts.

anonymous 4 years ago

Challenging thing to do but doable. This lens sparked my interest in creating useful gadgets.

anonymous 3 years ago

I've loved this before and I'm pleased to return with angel dust and congratulations on your purple star and home page honors!

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Freestuffer LM 3 years ago

Very interesting lens! Thanks for sharing. This is uber awesome :)

getmoreinfo 3 years ago

This is such a cool idea, I love it. I like all the information you provided for how to make a Wooden Gear Clock

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shauna1934 3 years ago

What a cool lens. Thank you for sharing.

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shovonpk 3 years ago

good lens

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AayBee 3 years ago

Beautiful and splendid lens.

Thanks to it, now i can make my own clock.

YaY !

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jadapotata 3 years ago

Very unique lens! Thanks for posting!

Bubbajuju 3 years ago

Watch and clockmakers have always blown me away at how patient you must be. Great lens!

MichaelDubrovnik 3 years ago

Wow for real? I wish.

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Judith Nazarewicz 3 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Such a cool lens, thanks so much!

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sageinacage lm 3 years ago

Fascinating lens!

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sageinacage lm 3 years ago

Fascinating lens!

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sweetstickyrainbo 3 years ago

cool project

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Riesling 3 years ago

My father made such a clock when I was a kid. It was always fun to watch it. A really great lens, thanks.

SteveKaye 3 years ago

A wooden clock would be a woodworking masterpiece. Fascinating article. Thank you for publishing it.

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Alessandro Zambon 3 years ago from Italy

They are too difficult for me, I will finish for doing a disaster.

But I strongly appreciate this art and your lens, so beautiful and illustrative.

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Essentially Ind 3 years ago

wowwwwww, lovely lens. :)

FrancissMichael 3 years ago

this is what i have been searching from few days and now i got it thanks for sharing

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MonetteMiro 3 years ago from Dubai

wow! That looks sophisticated and brain buster lens

myspace9 3 years ago

Very nice and interesting lens.

wattyan 3 years ago

Very interesting lens. I have to try to make it soon.

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JoshK47 3 years ago

Popping back in with blessings for this really cool lens!

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Mr-Panda LM 3 years ago

That is awesome. Very cool =)

dellgirl 3 years ago

Thanks for sharing these tips on How to Make a Wooden Gear Clock. Very interesting.

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RetroMom 3 years ago

Your lens is so interesting and you executed a detailed step by step guide. Great job!

vaishu786 3 years ago

it,s too good

anonymous 3 years ago

Very nice lens...

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MelRootsNWrites 3 years ago from California

A very informative lens! Great job you've done here!

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SheGetsCreative 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

Wow! Great details - I've never wanted to make a clock but I may be rethinking that! *blessed

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chas65 3 years ago

I have seen some antique wooden gears that were cleaned up and they are wonderful. Would look great as wall decorations.

anonymous 3 years ago

It's a great lens. Very interesting and informative.I will use that method in the last video to teach my daughter how to tell the time.

mistaben 3 years ago

Brilliant ideas! Thanks!

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robertzimmerman2 3 years ago from SE Florida, USA

Very informative, thanks!

pinoyrecipe 3 years ago

i love those wooden clocks, hope i could get one for myself

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golfgpswatch lm 3 years ago

Very interesting lens rgasperson

kshongmo 3 years ago

So nice. Gonna love gears now

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XenasDeals 3 years ago

What a superb informational lens! Love the step by step guide.

ChronosR 3 years ago

You have a great web site! But I see a problem. I agree with your statement that the ratios between gears can be easily confused. It looks like you you may have been thinking of one revolution on the clock face covering a full day of 24 hours rather than a half of a day of 12 hours in the section called "What Do I Need My Gears To Do?"

Every time the Second hand rotates a full revolution, the Minute hand needs to turn 1/60 of a revolution. 360/60 = 6 degrees, not 12. Every time the Minute Hand Turns a full revolution, the Hour hand turns 1/12 of a revolution. 360/12 = 30 degrees, not 60.

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safereview 3 years ago from Kansas City

Now this looks like a fun project! Thanks for sharing, well done!

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HairBowHanna 3 years ago

How cool... Great future project for my kids. Nice lens!

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guitaristguild 3 years ago

What a great project. That should keep someone busy for a while. Thanks for posting it.

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rgasperson lm 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

@guitaristguild: No Problem

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rgasperson lm 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

@HairBowHanna: What. You don't want to take on the project Yourself?

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jcalbon lm 3 years ago

What a cool project! I would have expected the insides of a clock to be a lot more complicated but the way you've presented this makes it seem quite do-able.

mecheshier 3 years ago

What a fabulous lens. Thanks for sharing

Merry Christmas!

rwhite10 3 years ago

Very interesting project. Great conversation piece.

mjb13815 3 years ago

a wooden gear that is interesting.

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ghebert 3 years ago

Just talking about making our own clock and I came across your lens. Perfect timing! haha

racingdatabase 3 years ago

What a fantastic lens! The amount of detail you've gone into is incredible!

anonymous 3 years ago

I am a sort of woodworker and these look hard.

anonymous 3 years ago

I'd love to be able to have the talent to do something like this. I don't even have a scroll saw (yet).

anonymous 3 years ago

I love to see this lens

wiyadase 3 years ago

wow, thanks for sharing this lens

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bilder 3 years ago

Great Idea! I just lowe wood, and this len open up a whole new perspective!

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JeffGilbert 3 years ago

This is definitely one of the more unique and invoived how to's I've seen here. A great lens!!

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MusicMadness LM 3 years ago

Terrific idea . . . I never would have thought about building a totally wooded clock . . . gears and all.

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wyzeguru 3 years ago

I just wish I had the time! Fascinating stuff, roll on retirement!

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EricKnight 3 years ago

Remarkable lens! Thanks for sharing...

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rgasperson lm 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

@EricKnight: Thank you and your welcome

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jc stone 3 years ago

They are cool! Where would we be without time? Nice lens!

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yikwei-ang 3 years ago

So many different clocks! This is so interesting. I can see you put a lot of effort into this. Great Job Mate!

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bluelily lm 3 years ago

Using 3D Printer can simplify the process for making wooden gear easily but it will a bit costly affair.

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Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

This was a very interesting and informative clock lens, rgasperson! It will make an interesting project to create one's own wooden clock.

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SusanAston 3 years ago

Very interesting lens - fantastic workmanship in these time pieces.

jura 3 years ago

Now this is great lens .

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cwilson360 3 years ago

I like wooden gears they look so beautiful. Good lens!

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PatrickHayes76 3 years ago

Awesome work on this lens. Great detail.

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janey126 3 years ago

Great lens. It was a pleasure visiting it.

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Aladdins Cave 3 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

Your clock stopped new years day. Still not sure how to make a clock from your lens. Did I miss the spring windup section ? Thanks and cheers from DOWNUNDER

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Steve Dizmon 3 years ago from Nashville, TN

This is a really cool Lens. I had fun. The idea of building a wooden clock is appealing although I doubt I would ever have the patience to do so.

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Boyd Carter 2 years ago

I never knew "time" could be so well-represented in so many different ways. I'll have to visit this lens again when I have more time and absorb some more of your wisdom. Well done!

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Belva Boggs 2 years ago

I am horrible at making stuff out of wood, but my husband will love this! Thanks!

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chrisilouwho 2 years ago

Wow, this is such a cool idea, thanks for all of the details, I know a few people I'll have to refer to this site who would love to try this sometime. Thanks again!

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joanzueway 2 years ago

Thank you for this wonderful lens

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rgasperson lm 2 years ago from South Carolina Author

@joanzueway: Your Welcome

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Trickytricks 2 years ago

Wonderful, I rarely see such comprehensive guides.

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rgasperson lm 2 years ago from South Carolina Author

@ChronosR: Thank you for the explanation. Like I said, these gear ratios are difficult.

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rgasperson lm 2 years ago from South Carolina Author

@bluelily lm: I have also been thinking about a CNC machine where I can let the computer burn them for me out of plywood.

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unicornblogger 2 years ago

Super in-depth! Great job on this lens. I like the Kaleidogears suggestion too; Quercetti makes awesome toys :)

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rgasperson lm 2 years ago from South Carolina Author

@unicornblogger: Thank You

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Tricia Deed 2 years ago from Orlando, Florida

This is a wonderful lens; very informative and interesting.

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MVKilgore 2 years ago

Wow...awesome lens, I need a scroll saw now that I have room for it.

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tomasokalno 2 years ago

Nice lens! Wooden gear clocks looks so amazing. I hope I will make one some day...

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QuizSquid 2 years ago

Thanks for this great lens. I've always been intrigued by clocks and gears, and maybe I'll give this a try!

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amandascloset0 2 years ago

Very nice lens! I've always been fascinated by clocks.

claborde05 2 years ago

i would love to make a car that was like a clock its all weights and makes gasoline not worth the use and would be like we need really good breaks. i would be like this car is really light and has little maintenance.

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aperkins lm 2 years ago

Great lens! Thanks for the info and the plans. Didn't realize you should to re-treat the wood so much, and like the point about the escapement mechanism wearing out (sometimes the obvious needs a big shiny arrow pointing at it - or maybe just a tentacle).

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scrollsawhobby 24 months ago from Campbell, CA

well it's certainly a pretty complex process, but making your very own (and fully functional) wooden clock must be highly rewarding... Also, thanks for the extremely comprehensive post!

Livio 23 months ago

Thanks for this useful page. I will try with paperboard. Bye :)

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