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Derek Lane06/01/2017 16:42:58
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I like this a lot Paul there must be a few hours work in it, What wood do you use especially for the working parts

Sparky07/01/2017 20:15:24
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Stunning woodwork Paul. Well done yes

David A. Moody08/01/2017 12:47:03
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Wow, I've been dreaming of making a clock ever since seeing a basic one in the old Popular Mechanics Encyclopedia set Dad used to have. Would you mind sharing your experiences in making this?

sad sam11/01/2017 14:30:29
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Apsolutely love it

I bet it gets a ten from len

Paul Batho12/01/2017 17:54:48
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Thanks for the kind comments. This is in fact my earliest clock made a few years ago, and I have just added a few photos to this album to consolidate my main projects in one place. I did write a couple of articles for The Woodworker magazine back in August/September 2014 about the Grandfather clock.

All my clocks have so far been made without using a CNC machine (just using home made jigs and a small woodworking lathe, although now that I have made my own CNC machine I think gear making should be much easier.

David A. Moody13/01/2017 02:53:17
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You made your own CNC machine, how?

Shel Jones13/01/2017 05:10:21
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really nice look

Paul Batho13/01/2017 16:16:55
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There are many firms that supply CNC parts, for instance CNC4You supply a large range of stepper motors, and controllers, and there are many places you can get lead screws, anti-backlash nuts, bearings etc (mostly from China, via Amazon!).

I already had a two axis universal machine table (from Axminster tools) which I modified to fit new lead screws and backlash nuts, made a plywood frame to take the Z axis and router (see photos in this album), bought some stepper motors and control electronics, and connected it all up to an old redundant PC I had in the loft. You can get free software for the PC, but I bought Mach3 which is the industry standard.

I have been very pleased with the machines performance which can achieve better than 0.05mm accuracy.

David A. Moody20/01/2017 11:34:59
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Thanks Paul, I was wondering if it was a custom job. I've seen some tutorials on Instructables and other places for recycling old printers and scanners into CNC machines, was wondering if that's what you've done. If anyone else reads this who has built a CNC machine in this way I'd sure love to hear from you. I have three old printers ready waiting!

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