If you've come to this site then you have an interest in
mechanical clocks, either the repair of, or the making of. My interest is not in
repair, but in the making. My challenge, as an amateur constructor, is to make
every component of the clock myself, from the wheels (gears) right down to the
winding key. In my first clock, I made all the gear cutters, and indeed had to
firstly make specific tooling in order to make the gear cutters!
I have also been very interested in computers and their
application in design (CAD), and in CNC machining (computer Numerical Control).
I was fortunate in acquiring a bench top 3 axis CNC milling machine which is
ideal for making clock parts. I write my own software for this machine. But more
of that on other pages. I have also built a rotary table and a fourth axis drive
for wheel cutting.
A word or two about myself. I am a retired mechanical
engineer, having worked as a design engineer with a large automotive company,
and as a manufacturing applications consultant with a large computer company. This brought me
into close contact with CAD and CNC.
I classify myself as a model engineer, and it is only in
recent years since retirement, that I have become embroiled in clock making.
Until then I had made a number of internal combustion engines, model boats,
tools and other items of workshop equipment including the rotary table for my Dore-Westbury
My first clock, an eight day longcase clock, is examined in
more detail in following pages. The movement (shown above) was constructed over
a 2 1/2 year period, including lots of tooling, and the dial and case a further
year. I am now making a pair of Vienna regulators of similar, but not identical
design. I have prepared my own designs for these, since, at heart, I am still a design
engineer. All drawings have been prepared on CAD.
While in earlier years, model engines were my main focus,
today it is clock making. Why make a clock you ask? Well, a clock has all the
exacting engineering attributes of a model engine, but rather than sit in a
drawer when finished, they serve a useful and decorative addition to the
family home, and indeed will probably become family heirlooms. Perhaps they will still be
around in a hundred years time. A chance at immortality?
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