Making Wooden Gear Clocks
Published by Fox Chapel Publishing Co. Inc., East Petersburg PA USA
As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 192
It is only necessary to see the attention visitors give to a clock with wooden gears when it is displayed in a woodworking exhibition, to realise that this small part of our craft has immense and universal appeal.
Nevertheless few of us have ever actually tried to make one of these clocks. The most probable reason for this is that there is relatively little published material to serve as a guide.
Making Wooden Clocks is clearly aimed at filling this gap. It is essentially a project book that provides detailed plans and instructions for what the authors term are '6 Cool Contraptions'.
Before mentioning just what these 'contraptions' are, it is important to say that the book is accompanied by a set of full-size patterns. A pocket on the inside cover houses these plans; they cover all of the components required by the clocks and the authors suggest that these be regarded as masters from which working copies are produced prior to getting down to work.
The first project is a 30-hour Gear Clock - an elegant and highly attractive skeleton pendulum clock.
The treatment of its construction is covered in clear concise text, eight detail photos, a line diagram, a comprehensive exploded diagram of the whole clock, as well as material and tool lists.
The 'contraptions' which follow are titled: Genesis Wooden Gear Clock, Compact Gear Clock, Flying Pendulum Clock, Key-wound Gear Clock and Electromagnetic Gear Clock. Each of these is treated in a similar manner to the first.
It should be remarked that the use of exploded diagrams is especially valuable since they make it easy to see the relationships between the working components.
A final chapter deals with utilising the same techniques as those employed for clock making in the construction of a Gear Machine or wooden kinetic sculpture.
The book offers a new and exciting range of possibilities to anyone who has become proficient in the use of a scrollsaw.
Photos - Colour
30-Hour Gear Clock
Genesis Wooden Gear Clock
Compact Gear Clock
Flying Pendulum Clock
Key-Wound Gear Clock
Electromagnetic Gear Clock
Making a Gear Machine