Machining a Skeleton Clock from Scratch

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Machining a Skeleton Clock from Scratch
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An example of a skeleton clock

Chris of Clickspring presents a fascinating step by step process of how to build a clock from scratch. More than a tutorial, he demonstrates the fine craftsmanship and precision machining possible in ammature clockmaking.

The project covers building everything you need for a John Wilding, large wheel, skeleton clock; an open design that displays the wheels and internal mechanisms of the clock. This series details the cutting of the frames, machining the clock pillars, pinions and crossing out the wheels.

Because a skeleton clock is of open design, Chris goes into careful detail of the machining process required to make custom washers and screws. In a world where so many parts are stamped out on the assembly line, Makers will appreciate seeing the process of machining a simple screw and the fundamental parts of the clock. Seeing the sheets and rods of metal transformed into intricate clockworks is as spellbinding as it is informative.

To watch this clock take form check out this video series:

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  2. Pnolty13 says:

    Awesome work! What is the name of that machine with the reciprocating file you used in the first video? Any info on the brand or where to buy? Thanks!

  3. LatheOperator says:

    Holy crap. Superglue lathe chuck. MIND BLOWN.

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Theron is an educator, business owner, writer, and consultant working within Springfield, MO and the Ozarks community. He enjoys making and building with his 11 year old son and likes to read and write about science, technology, education, sci fi, martial arts, and philosophy.

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