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Archive for October, 2009

30 Oct, 2009

Reflection on Wheel Cut

Posted by: Raynerd In: Skeleton Clock

The teeth gaps look pushed out rather than cut out. I think I`ve made a huge error as I aligned the cutter and wheel on the x-axis and then fed the wheel straight into the cutter on the Y-axis. Consequently, is this not simply pusing out the groove rather than using the cutting angle and [...]

30 Oct, 2009

Cutting my first wheel

Posted by: Raynerd In: Skeleton Clock

I wouldn`t call it a complete disaster, I did end up with something that loosely resembles a clock wheel but I have a long way to go so before I start! OK – so all the equipment was setup as shown in previous pictures. I also centered the cutter to the wheel centre and also [...]

30 Oct, 2009

Wheel Blank Backing Plate

Posted by: Raynerd In: Skeleton Clock

I need something to back the whole thing so that the brass teeth don`t bend under the force of the cutter. I have decided to back it with a piece of sacrificial wood. The cutter will follow through the brass into the wood and so will support the teeth from bending. I`ve seen this used [...]

29 Oct, 2009

Wheel Blank Arbor

Posted by: Raynerd In: Skeleton Clock

This is my first attempt at a wheel blank arbor. I`m sitting it straight into the 3MT of my Boxford headstock using a 2MT to 3MT sleeve. This will allow me to take it out of the lathe, remove the sleeve and transfer to my rotary table on my mill. I first started out by [...]

28 Oct, 2009

Wheel Cutter Arbor

Posted by: Raynerd In: Skeleton Clock

I have been doing some reading on Arbors in general and realise that my attempt was quite crude. I have since produced a better version of an arbor for holding the cutter. With the constant interrupted cut I decided I had room to fit a M3 screw off-centre so I have also included this in [...]

28 Oct, 2009

Making a Single Point Wheel Cutter

Posted by: Raynerd In: Skeleton Clock

If I want to build a clock I need to understand wheels or gears! My plans specify the wheel Pitch circle diameter, number of teeth and module cutter to use. Consequently I`ll need to make the specific cutter determined by the “module”, so I decided to try and make a 0.8 module cutter and find [...]

28 Oct, 2009

The Workshop

Posted by: Raynerd In: The Workshop & Tools

Some manditory pictures of the workshop where all the action happens:

28 Oct, 2009

Machines and Equipment

Posted by: Raynerd In: The Workshop & Tools

At the moment the machines and equipment I will be using are the Clarke cl300m lathe, a Boxford Model A lathe, a Chester Conquest mill and Vertex 4″ Rotary table. I will have to purchase a dividing attachment shortly (they are currently out of stock everywhere!) but I`ll be able to cut most of my [...]

28 Oct, 2009

Colin Thorne’s – Skeleton Timepiece

Posted by: Raynerd In: Skeleton Clock

After much thought and contemplation, discussing on various forums and with specific individulas, I have decided on Colin Thorne’s – Skeleton Timepiece. His design is elegant and more contempory than most and yet simple, or at least relatively.

22 Oct, 2009

The New Workshop

Posted by: Raynerd In: The Workshop & Tools

I`ve been busy recently moving my shop down into our cellar. It is an old coal bunker that has been converted to a storage space and then I`ve put up some shelves and work surfaces, decent lighting, high security alarm and made it a nice little work space. It is amazing how much I`ve been [...]


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  • Steve Richardson: Pretty cool stuff! I work with some real talented machinists and they are gonna dig your website!
  • Mike: Hi.where did you purchase the plate from. Been looking for a good stockist. I love your idea and would like to make one for my boxford. Also, sorry
  • Don bath: Thanks for the reply,currently I am making the escape wheel arbour and back cock plate ready for the next phase of testing .Your comments regarding th

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