Monday, December 2, 2013

Building the “Toucan” wooden clock Part 2

I have worked on and off during the last few days as my home was full of visitors for Thanksgiving Sonrisa

All the main parts (frame, base, wheels, pinions and dial) of the clock are already cut. The most difficult one was canon pinion as I had to mill it in both sides and the .0625” end mill bit was not long enough to mill all the part. Milling the rest of the parts was quite easy but anyway it is time consuming because it is necessary a slow feed rate and very high speed at the spindle to obtain good results without damaging the wood

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I had to cut the frame in two parts because the piece was too big for my machine I hope I can hide the joint with wood putty and stain!

Now I have to work in a lot of very small parts that are all the spacers, pinion supports, and arbors and then mill the parts for the pendulum.



  1. Carlos,
    Absolutely amazing work, have bought the paper plans myself and trying to translate them into solidworks.
    I see you already have the solidworks done of them. any chance of getting a copy off you. if not i totally understand. just have the cnc and the cam but no solidworks files. great blog by the way. mail is regocolm at gmail dot com

    1. Colm, I made the drawings in Autodesk Inventor. It was a lot of work as the dxf file have a lot of broken loops so they are impossible to extrude. I promised Clayton Boyer not to share the drawings without his consent. If you bought the drawings from him you can ask him if he agrees to share them with you.

    2. No problem, i appreciate that, you are making great progress with it in very short time. I will have to soldier on and try and finish the solid models. its a slow process. will try and post my progress when i get machining. will you try and show some detailed pictures of the electromagnet when you get to that part cause i am totally lost then it comes to the wiring side. and again carlos, great work keep it up


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