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Just started cutting this clock. I'm posting pics as I go to give me inspiration as well as motivation. Its not going as fast as other things I've done but it'll get there.  For now it''ll have a quartz movement  as I already have them sitting in a drawer soemwhere. When I see the dimensions of the finished product I'll see if I can squeeze a real cuckoo clock movement in the next generation if I'm still into watches and clocks by then.

 

 

 

 

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I'm not working on it so long that I have eye problems. I would have more eye problems with watches which have such tiny screws that I can hardly see them. lol,

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7 hours ago, JimmyD said:

Is it my old eyes or is the ply not wide enough?

My bad photographic composition makes it look that way. If its not wide enough, then I'll have to do that piece over.

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Thanks. To me its easier than fixing watches which have such small screws that I can hardly see them. I should've finished cutting it already but I got lazy and didnt do anything for the last few days.

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It is my hope that some of you guys who have seen these scrollsawn clocks may be inspired to follow in my footsteps and pick up on scrollsawing so that this craft can live on and not die.

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2 hours ago, Squiffything said:

I am tempted Greg, just got to re-arrange the fitting of the saw to the lathe and I’m away. 

Then again I could use the one down the shed. 

It's not hard and you can cut up to 3/4" thick material. If u want details pm me

 

 

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I finished cutting the body, the roof, the sides and the pieces for the pendulum. Whats left are the 2 support blocks,  bottom plate and the back. I started sanding and filing the pieces so maybe I could be staining the pieces soon and then assembling it.  When I get to the staining part is when I get excited as I know its almost done and I'm in the final straights. 

Wondering now what is the size of a normal cuckoo clock movement and how many rods it would have. Anyone have info for that?

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