Nice work on the clock how many have you made, I find the cnc work more exciting from the design stage through to cutting totally different to taking up a hand saw and cutting the part out.
I would love to hear more on your experiences Don. I want to move in that direction myself with clock making. My current effort is nearing completion and the design is fully detailed on CAD. I've had a request for another one of the same design so I've got a good excuse for taking the plunge.Yes.?? I am building a clock.
So am I not as far ahead as you though Don...Yes.?? I am building a clock.
Nice. Steppers? Servos? What control board and software?I have accumulated most of the parts to build my own CNC router. I have been finalising the design for a couple of years now! When lockdown hit I thought I'd have the perfect opportunity to finally get around to building it... guess how that worked out!
Hopefully, over the winter I'll be able to get it constructed and operational. It should be capabale of cutting around 900x900mm and it'll be pretty sturdy so I should be able cut a range of materials with it at reasonable speeds. I'm really looking forward to get it running but I'm slightly concerned about how much more time I'll be spending at the computer. Having spent a lifetime working in IT I'm trying to give them up.
Very good indeed. Will you give a WIP report on this as it is very interesting design and I would like to try it if it is possible.So am I not as far ahead as you though Don...View attachment 91443
Well, it's started - all the design work is done in both SketchUp and CorelDRAW! along with many of the G-Code files using CamBam. Today I actually started to machine some of the blanks ready to put in my Denford Router (which I bought at the end of June) so I hope that before the week-end, I'll have half-a-dozen of the 150ish components made.
The little 'box' in the image is the very first thing I made using CNC - it's a simple octagonal lump of Iroko with an 80mm dia x 3mm pitch thread - hand written G-Code as an exercise to learn how G-Code works. I had to make the thread-milling cutter first though. Oh, tell a lie - the first thing I did was to draw a circle having made a spring loaded Pencil Holder- just to see that the machine did what I was expecting, but the box is the first 'proper' job.
Thanks Don, A WIP had crossed my mind but currently I'm fighting with CamBam & Mach3 on the very first component Mach3 keeps telling me that the X or Y minimum limits are exceeded. If I get the [Latch] machined tomorrow I'll see if I can at least photograph it ready for a WIP.Very good indeed. Will you give a WIP report on this as it is very interesting design and I would like to try it if it is possible. take care Don W
Yes Don , it is in 5 pieces (well, plus the minute dots and hour batons) - as are the main front & back frames. They will be Walnut whilst most of the rest will be Beech, Ash or Maple. The Rachet & Pawls will be African Leadwood as will the 'Latch' tooth.What materials are you using to construct this ??. The face looks like it could be 5 pieces of wood ?