The Ascent A Wooden Clock Kit

One day I will find the time and the money to sit down and make my own wooden clock. This was a very surpirsing and satisfying part of the build experience for me. Having made some mistakes working up to this point, I was not all that confident that the gear chain would work, but it seemed to work flawlessly! Avoid staining or varnishing the insides of the teeth, which could mess up your gear train. In most wooden-gear clock plans, you need to drill holes where the arbor will slip through the gear.

Others in the Bristol and Plymouth communities manufactured movements, cases or other clock parts for others to assemble and sell complete clocks in order to compete with Terry. That business was in operation for more than 150 years just down the stream from Andrew’s brother Silas’s clock shop. Drill 1/8” holes for screws and also make countersinks to avoid splitting of the material. While the clock itself is quick complicated, the plans provided by Clayton Boyer seem to make the process approachable.

This will give the moving gears some added visual interest, and contrast the different parts of the clock from each other. Peel your digits and markers from their backing and place them on your clock surface. This clock has been in use since Apr 09 with no major problems, Occasionally I have to replace the string on the flying pendulum as it gets a bit frayed. In 1802 or 03, Terry purchased a mill to produce wooden clock wheels, which still had to be finished by hand by skilled journeymen clock makers.

I built all the parts, assembled the clock and it ticked along for a few seconds, I was very pleased and felt sure a few minor tweaks and the job was done – I could not have been more wrong! Talk to a nice nice lady and realize together than you have been ordering and reordering a military time” clock piece. Inside this book you ll find ingenious plans for creating awesome wooden machines that actually move and keep time. Its intended use for schools should not deflect from the fact that any one with a CNC laser can use this design to build the clock. Glue a round piece of wood to the center of your clock to cover the middle hole.

It took fifteen years before Christiaan Huygens, a Dutch scientist built the first pendulum clock (shown). On the same arbor as the escapement gear is an 8-tooth gear, which is meshed with a 60-tooth gear on a second arbor. Mask off your chosen sections with painter’s tape, making sure to wrap the tape around the edge of the clock face as well. Attach a picture hanger to the back of the finished wooden clock by pounding nails in the picture hanger with a hammer.

Apart from coming up with (or finding evidence to support) a bajillion things (like discovering where exactly boys go to get more stupider), he also came up with initial designs for a pendulum clock. The result has been this design of Clock 21, it has taken several months to develop the prototype, but that is now complete and the plans and the files are available for anyone who has access to a laser CNC machine to build one for themselves.

The length is about” because the pendulum rod will always have an effect on the length of the overall pendulum. This has to be my greatest discovery when searching the web for gear tooth design programs. 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. Two years later, he loaded 200 wooden clocks on a wagon and set out to sell them at $30 a pop. Whether you assemble our wooden gear clock from our everything-included kit, cut the pieces yourself from our plans, or purchase a finished clock, we guarantee you’ll love the warmth and beauty your wooden gear clock will bring to your home.


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). Taking advantage of this increase in size the clock has been designed in inches from the ground up so all the shafts, bearings and materials use imperial dimensions. 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.

BTW – Don’t forget you also need to make sure the centre hole in the gear is very accurate otherwise you will hit real problems – I cut the centre hole before gluing the template on and cutting the gears. Gear train: When mounted on the frame, the gears for the second, minute, and hour hands interlock and roll on each other. I am familiar with the software shown above but there are many more free and commercial alternatives that you should look at before you actually buy anything. There’s a $29.00 clock on Amazon with all the features you’d like (12/24h switchable, US made – so instructions are in english) plus a nicely laid out display including seconds.

The only reason a clock’s pendulum may have a higher mass, is to take advantage of Newton’s First Law of Motion to overcome as much of the friction to keep it moving as long as posible. If the clock is running slow, the weight is probably too heavy, and too little weight can stop the clock altogether. A separate appendix includes an index of the woods used to make the 37 project clocks, including exotics such as cocobolo, purple heart and zebra wood plus classic stand-bys like cherry, oak and figured maple. The brain of the clock is based on micro-controller PIC16LF876A running at 10MHz.

However, staining it will make it look more professional and sealing with protect the wood for years to come. This can be a serious problem if the dowels/axles of your clock or automaton are so irregular that they do not spin smoothly inside the holes that serve as bearings. It is a grandfather clock with visible inner workings to the gears, easy disassembly and small, aesthetic changes to the original design.

This is done using wooden dowels which are glued in place, then cut flush with the surface of the gears. Makes our family appreciate a mantel clock built by an ancestor by hand, lovely chimes and workmanship. Imagine taking a log out of a fire (let it cool first of course) & without knocking off the charcoal, glue it to another piece of wood. The escapement gear has 30 teeth and is not in the list above since it does not factor into the calculation of the gear ratios.

Lay the tiled pages with the design on your wooden clock and use carbon transfer paper and a pen to transfer the design onto your wooden circle. Once the clock face has been cut out, you need to drill the hole for the clock’s shaft to transverse. Start by sanding the edges of the wood down until you have a smooth circumference, then move onto the clock face. This the second 3D printed plastic clock to feature on the site, it makes use of the latest 3D printing technology to offer a technically exiting challenge to the many users of this equipment.

Unfortunately, one of these walls is quite awkward (you can see how I made this work for us with my Gallery Wall here ), which left us with only one option to hang the clock; however, upon unpacking, we learned that the clock we’ve had since moving in together (over 7 years ago now) was just too small for that space. Remember not to drill all the way through to the back of the clock or your shaft will not stay in place. We just bought our first ‘fixer-upper’ and we’d love for you to follow along on our journey as we make it our own! Anyone considering having a try at making one I would highly recommend it – its very interesting and very rewarding when you finally have a working clock.

First, he renders the gears using a software package on his computer, next he prints out the pattern and applies it with spray tack to wood. A gear profile optimized for wooden clocks will go a long way towards reducing friction and building a truly satisfying project. I use this program to get all the arbor spacings for correct depthing and proper gear and mating pinion tooth shapes as well as the gCode for Mach III. Additionally you can use typical prefabricated numbers that adhere to the wood after you’ve finished it, if you do not want to engrave or burn the wood.

However, it is a nice change of pace finding a competent book oriented at those more interested in making a working mechanism than anything else, which is precisely what this book enables. The suspension design was also new , having the Escapement and the Pendulum on the same pivot and pinned together so they moved in sync, this was similar to the arrangement in Clock 21 but a little simpler.