Making a hang on the wall wood clock

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  1. Tinker Dwight

    Tinker Dwight Registered User

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    How many have ever thought it would be fun to cut out
    a ply wood, large wheel, hang on the wall type clock. I know
    I have.
    Still the thought of cutting out a number of properly messing
    wheels and possible pinions seems like a task beyond what
    I'd like to try.
    Well I just saw a tool called the "Shaper hand held router".
    Once the plans where drawn, it would be a easy project to
    turn out perfect wheels.
    Tinker Dwight
     
  2. leeinv66

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    You had me right up until I checked into the price Tinker. :whistle: But yes, that would be a great piece of equipment to use. I have a plunge router, but most times I use it, I just make a mess.
     
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    It is a new product and under patents but I do think the price will eventually
    drop. It is really a cool tool though. One wonders if someone might setup some type
    of rental system. I don't think I need to own one but I'd love to use one for a
    project I have in mind.
    Tinker Dwight
     
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    While this is an interesting product, I would not try to use it to make clock gears/wheels/pinions and the like. Why? It is completely dependent upon hand to eye coordination as a start. That is fine for some work, but when you really do need precise control, such as making clock gears, this machine would get you "close." A 4 axis cnc router (x,y,& z plus rotary) can be made for substantially less money and be made a lot more precise...if you can fabricate some fairly simple machines, put together a simple controller, and grab a very old PC that can usually be had for $20 +/- . And for purposes of cutting large wood gears by routing a 3 axis CNC machine will do nicely
     
  5. Tinker Dwight

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    Actually. it makes things to much better controlled than
    you believe. I played with one at the maker faire.
    There is no fine hand eye coordination required. As long
    as you can follow a line within about an inch, the router
    corrects for you.
    I made the second piece of puzzle to match one that some
    one else made. They fit so closely that you could just see
    a tiny amount of light between them.
    I think you missed the important part. You just keep the bit
    within the circle and the router does the rest.
    The main advantage is that it is portable, not like a table mounted
    CNC.
    Tinker Dwight
     
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    Such a tool used on marine grade plywood would surely produce a workable result.
     
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