Build Your Own Wooden Grandfather Clock! Copyright Notice
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o Wood (Western Australian Sheoak and Jarrah),
o A piece of string, Lead Weight, Pendulum Spring.
· Run Time
o 48 Hours.
o Less than five seconds per 48 hours.
o Temperature stability less than 10 seconds per season.
o Height 180 cm, Width 52cm, Dial 40cm Diameter.
· Design, Drafting and Manufacture Period
· 3,000 Hours over a 2.5 years.
Email drawing questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
First clock build from the drawings January 2001 "Terry Hurley from West Yorkshire England" email@example.com
First 3D drawings August 2005 "Stephan" firstname.lastname@example.org
November 2006 "Stephan" Stefan.Wegscheider@web.de
October 2008 "Peter" email@example.com
July 2009 "Tim" TJPUIG@aol.com
November 2009 Solid Works "Miguel" firstname.lastname@example.org
February 2010 “Cliff” email@example.com
June 2011 “Steve” firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec 2012 “Mathew” Westrich, Matthew [Matthew.Westrich@harley-davidson.com]
The clock has turned out to be a bit of a "consciousness test". The clock is displayed in a prominent position in our entry hall. Only one in 30 new visitors (mostly my kid’s friends) notices that it’s there. The following comments have been received.
- "What color are you going to paint it?" (Mother in-law).
- "I'm sure you can buy another one." The escapement took three months to build and broke when a bicycle fell on it. (A mother from our school who believes that any problem can be solved with a credit card).
- "That's nice. Where do the batteries go?" (Another Mother from the school).
- "Where does the cuckoo bird come out?" (Another mother).
- "Yeah. I've already seen one of those at a
Pemberton gallery." (You guessed it, another mother).
- "Nice. So what kit did you assemble from?" (Next door neighbour.)
- "You could display it at a craft fair. You know the ones they have every week end in car parks." (Brother in-law).
- "I'm sorry sir. I only value recognized brands 'Yah, Sniff'. Maybe a craft dealer could provide an estimate" (Internationally renowned clock valuation expert).
- "Have you seen the clock in the reception area Elyne? No! That's nice. That corner needed some decorating" I displayed the clock at work for one day. (Female Engineer.)
- "Could you make me a small wall clock? It should take you less than 1/4 of the time it took you to build the big one." (Sister in law).
- "Could you find some drawings for the clock, some where? I would like to build one too." (Drunk uncle).
- "The wood you have used to make the clock is reconstituted chip
board. I know! It's the stuff they make packing cases out of. You can't fool
me, it's chip board!" (Brother in-law's friend).
Received many negative comments from work colleagues.
- " I've been in the business for over twenty years and occasionally you get to value some outstanding pieces. This is one of those". (Insurance valuer).
- Out of over 100 people that have seen the clock only two have understood the effort required to design and build the clock. Both were mathematicians.
END of LIFE CRISIS
- Every few months I receive an email from someone with same story. “I’ve recently retired and I would like to make something to leave my family (Before I die)". .
- This is called the end of life crisis. I had my end of life crisis when I was 40 and I vaguely remember having my mid life crisis when I was 14 where I was overcome with a desire to wear gold chains, drive red sports cars and date women 20 years younger.
- The question is "What comes after the End of Life Crisis?"