• bathroom-cabinet
  • bench
  • bird-feeder-fly-thru
  • bird-house
  • bowl1
  • bowl2
  • bowl3
  • bowl4
  • bowl5
  • bowl6
  • bowl7
  • compost-bin
  • cutting-board
  • end-grain-cutting-board
  • flower-pot
  • garage-cabinets
  • gobblets1
  • gobblets2
  • intarsia-rose
  • ipad-stand
  • kitchen-cabinets
  • knife-rack
  • mallet
  • misc-projects
  • morter-pestle
  • mushrooms
  • pantry-doors
  • raccoon
  • raccoon-and-clock
  • rocking-horse-head-left
  • rocking-horse-left
  • rocking-horse-right
  • rocking-horse-seat
  • rocking-horse-seat-closeup
  • scoop
  • toy-marble-elevator
  • turned-bird-houses

Back to the Future Clock

A neighbor asked me to help with a "Back to the Future" clock face he wanted to make for his daughter. Starting with a sketch of the infamous clock face, I was able to design a 3D model in Vectric's Aspire software and cut it using my CNC router. Please see this blog for details.
 
BTF Clock

 

3D CNC Flag & Eagle

Flag and Eagle

Carved from Oak, this flag & eagle was cut on my CNC router. I plan on many more 3D CNC projects in the future.

 

2016 New Year’s Resolution Report

Original Goal:

I will learn how to design wooden clocks and kinetic art.  It may take the entire year but this is a top priority because I'm fascinated by their mechanics and beauty.  My latest software acquisition "Gearotic 2.0" was the missing link to achieving this goal.  All the pieces are in place; now if I could just get my brain in gear...

 

Update January 2017:

I didn't do much with clocks but I made significant progress in kinetic sculpture design. Look for some blogs pertaining to my kinetic ventures.

 

Below is a YouTube link to the Autotrain feature of Gearotic. Perhaps you can see why I'm excited about this awesome software!

 

Gearotic Autotrain Intro

 

Scimitar Parts

My first "Ticker" project parts cut and ready for assembly. The project is named "Scimitar" and it is a weight driven kinetic sculpture. Look for a blog on how this thing works once I get it together.

Neo-Classical Mantle Clock

My first project in 2017 was this beautiful mantle clock made with the CNC router.  Please check this blog for details on it's construction.

 

Completed Clock

The project turned out beautiful. A quartz clock movement from Klockit completes the Neo-Classical Mantle Clock.

 

Precision Matthews 1022V Lathe

Inevitably, woodworking and metalworking cross paths.  In my attempt to build clocks and other mechanisms, shafts, bushings, spacers, etc. need to be fabricated for the project.  My old Craftsman bench lathe was a bit small so I sold it and purchased a Precision Matthews 1022V lathe that is not only more rigid, but also has more capabilities than the old Craftsman.  For details on my new toy, please check the blog!

 

 

Zinnia Kinetic Sculpture

I purchased the Zinnia kinetic sculpture plans from Clayton Boyer as a means of understanding the engine powering concentric counter rotating axes seen on many such contrivances.  Using springs instead of weights is new to me so there is a lot to learn.  I purchased a couple of varieties, a grandfather clock main spring and a dual spool constant torque Neg'tor spring.  It will be an adventure learning how to safely handle these beasts as they look intimidating when they are tightly wound.  Oh well, that's why they make band-aids!

 

Zinnia uses ball bearings on the main shaft components so I'm waiting for an overseas shipment that will take several weeks.  That's OK because there is a lot of work to do after the parts are cut on the CNC in preparation for assembly.

 

Update March 1, 2016: Zinnia is complete! Visit my blog page for details of construction and see it in action!

 

Zinnia Parts

These are the wooden parts that make up the engine powering Zinnia. The big black piece underneath is one of two blanks for the wheels making the visual art of the sculpture.

 

CNC Router

I have decided to invest in a CNC router and use it as a source of income.  This will rank near the top of my endeavors in terms of complexity because I am building the CNC machine from a kit using a Porter Cable 690 series router which I already own.  A significant software learning curve lies ahead.  I have chosen VCarve Pro and Cut 3D from Vectric for the CAD-CAM portion and Mach3 from Newfangled Solutions for the control portion.  The kit is a 2626 Pilot Pro from PDJ Inc. located in St. Helens, OR.  I have been on the phone several times with Phil and Suzy at PDJ refining my kit package and terms.  I know I made the right choice with PDJ because their cooperation and patience is outstanding.   Please check the blog for progress on this massive project.