Picture of Clock Cabinet
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I've been interested in books for as long as I can remember. I just recently began to look into clocks and how they function with all their various p arts and gadgets. After a ton of research and studying other peoples clock projects (and also disassembling many clocks around my house ), I finally discovered many of their fascinating secrets. I then decided to create some of my own functional artwork from the information I had gained. And what better way to show off my creativity and brains than creating an instructable for everyone to share in the fun?
While beginning to write these instructions I came to the conclusion that not everyone has top of the line tools or every single machine and tool out there (myself being one of these people), so in many of the steps I will include alternate tools that can be used to create this project, as well as useful tips that I discovered along the way.

Take into consideration that having friends with their own tools can be a big help too. I didn't have many tools or the space to work in really, but I was conveniently allowed to take over my friends work space

Please Take note that this has potential to be a lengthy project ( or maybe it just seems that way because i created it?) but even so it is a very doable one that will bring great satisfaction and enjoyment at the end.

I had to deal with little children and annoying cats through much of it's creation. So i wish you luck in avoiding distractions

Topcat20215 years ago
You have made a very nice clock, my compliments on your hard work and attention to detail. I have one unrelated question though in some of your pictures I noticed some to the wood clamps used were made from Uni-strut, where can I find the kits (or plans if homemade) for such clamps as they would be far superior to the average "pipe" clamps for long reach clamping. Thank You very much for your help and keep up the good work Dan
blkhawk5 years ago
Have you considered making gears of metal like aluminum?
rftran6 years ago
After you get the parts cut out, how do you peel the paper off if it is glued on? I"m working out my plans on making this project. I appriciate all the sketchup files BTW. Those are a ton of help
 Hi Rftran

I just used a hairdryer and the work well.
traeman20006 years ago
Truly Fascinating! Sry, get to excited. Very Nice.
KEUrban6 years ago
Congratulations on becoming a finalist in the Craftsman Workshop of the Future contest! Good luck!
dncngthrghsunday (author)  KEUrban6 years ago
Haha Thanks! I'm definitely excited!!!
chrisrocks6 years ago
I've never seen anything this amazingly cool!its like a grandfather cabinet!It should be in #1
Sandisk1duo6 years ago
Very well detailed, and a very nice product!
foobear6 years ago
magnificent! does it actually work? I want to make a metric clock that tells time in metric time, e.g. 100 minutes to an hour, etc. Don't have any idea what the gear ratio would be. a procrastinator's dream!
dncngthrghsunday (author)  foobear6 years ago
Yes it actually works. They take a bit of fine tuning though, being made of wood and all. but that's the beauty of them I think. Not many people are willing to put time into anything anymore, they just want everything done quick... and that way usually doesn't work. The gear ratios are simpler then they appear, if you just stick to the same number groups, 10, 30, 60(all factors of tens). I suggest steering away from switching the numbers to all different groups ( you can end up with half minutes, 10ths of minutes, it just gets confusing that way haha). If you need any help with it I'll be glad to give you some :)
fultron896 years ago
Nice. Stick with watchmaking-don't become a nuclear physicist just because your father wants you to...
omnibot6 years ago
Cool clock and amazing ible .. the most complete clock-project I've seen. Great work.
jeff-o6 years ago
One way to avoid knots, and make cutting the gears far more pleasant in general, is to use some high quality baltic birch plywood instead of solid wood.
iamthemovie6 years ago
Nice clock. ( :
Toasterbot6 years ago
Hey, this is pretty cool. Very steampunk-ish. I'm giving you a vote.
Great use of sketchup!
gmjhowe6 years ago
Nice work, the final thing looks great. I love the cogs on the top.