This is the finished barrel, great wheel, click assembly for the latest mechanical. The threads provide a guide for the line, so it doesn’t cross while the clock is being wound.
I actually have a weight hanging from it right now, and the clock is running by itself for the first time! (in the last video I was gently pushing on the center gear)
The first pulse is always one of the best parts of the fabrication process. These are the first ticks of the new mechanical piece that I’ve been working on.
Here’s what I have so far for the mechanical piece I’ve been working on. All of the gears are cut, and all of them, with the exception of the big one, are carved and finished off. I’ve also cut the escapement anchor out of tool steel. The plates for the frame have been cut from 1/4 inch brass, which should make for a very rigid frame for the gears.
This drawing stood out amongst the quartz designs that have emerged from the drafting table lately. It has now been commissioned, and fabrication has begun. It will feature a sweep (continuous movement, rather than ticks) second hand on the smaller dial, and the hour and minute hands will be on the larger dial. It will measure about 32 inches tall.
The next mechanical creation is officially underway! It’s been quite some time since I’ve said that.
In keeping with the “Mechanical No.5” breed, this one will have magnifying lenses adorning the back of the hands. I’m going to attempt to lay some tiny type on (what’s left of) the dial, which will be read much more easily when the lenses pass over.
About 30” tall
Reliable dead beat style escapement
One second pendulum
One week (8 day) wind time
First cuts coming soon!