Abong Handcrafted Mechanical Wooden Pendulum Clock Kit - Easy Assembly - with Clear, Illustrated Color Instruction Guide
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- GREAT INTERIOR DISPLAY - This beautiful mechanical wooden clock built with excellent quality materials is a great interior display. Place it on the walls of your house and watch its pendulum swing gracefully
- EXPERT LEVEL ASSEMBLY - Clear, well-illustrated instructions will guide you through building and tuning your clock.
- FUNCTIONAL MODEL KIT - The comforting sound and mesmerizing movement create a focal point in any room
- MEASUREMENT - The body has dimensions of 250mm x 200mm x 50mm.
- REQUIRED TO COMPLETE (not included): Razor Saw, Wood Glue and Sandpaper, Counterweight Material, and Patience
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The Mechanical Wooden Clock is a joy to build and own. The comforting sound and mesmerizing movement create a focal point in any room.
With meticulously designed parts laser cut for accuracy, building a handcrafted wooden clock has never been easier. Along the way, you will learn what makes a wooden clock 'tick', from the graceful pendulum, through to the minute hand.
Clear, well-illustrated instructions will guide you through the construction and tuning of your clock. Required to Complete (not included): Razor Saw, Wood Glue and Sandpaper, Counterweight Material, and Patience.
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Some suggested tools:
Emory boards: makes sanding the gears more bearable.
Sander sticks or popsicle stick with sandpaper wrapped around: also for gears
Mechanical pencil: for tight nooks when lubricating the gears
Regular Elmer's glue: dries clear - wood glue does not
Kneeding eraser: erased the stray pencil marks the best, not necessary, but nice.
A few audio books: might as well "read" something while sanding for a few hours :-/
Some advice on the build:
Do be very careful when sanding these gears and do not alter the shape. I'm pretty sure this is where I screwed up on my first clock, yes I bought 2, the first one was an utter failure, don't laugh.
Carefully sand the outer parts of the pallet where they meet the escape wheel and lube: I found this makes the clock run smoother.
Sand the crap out of the inner part of the minute wheel: this section moves a bit and will clamp down on the axle and causing the clock to stop.
As a clock: not very useful. As another reviewer said, this must be mounted at least 6' high and the numerals are quite small. It is hard to read since you have to be able to see the numerals, unlike a regular clock, the gears move, not the hands. For me, I can only see it once I get within 4'. I have been tinkering with this for a few weeks now and the longest I've gotten this to work is about 26 hours. All the gears seem to be moving freely when I jostle the pendulum again, then it will work anywhere from 15 min to 6 hours. It moves better after I dismount then remount all the gears. When it functions correctly it tells the time quite accurately. This is louder than my other metal pendulum clocks; it sounds more like a light knock rather than a tick-tock. If you can reduce the friction on the gears, you can get away with less weight which will make this clock quieter.
In a nutshell: a fun/frustrating way to spend 20+ hours sanding, a huge sense of triumph/accomplishment when it functions but not a very practical clock.
I called the company for replacement. All they said is the clock WILL work and they will deny a replacement.
I've attached some pics of pegs which were supposed to be perpendicular....clearly were not! (this WILL throw off the entire fluid movement of the final product). Most likely the reason the clock doesn't function.
I've also attached a pic of a small broken wooden washer.
One star was given because it was fun to assemble.
It's an engineer's dream toy, for sure, but just don't expect to use this to replace every clock in the house; the numbers are a bit hard to read and, frankly, it has a pretty loud "Tick" "Tock" (it's a wooden clock, though, so what do you expect?). But if you're mechanically minded, then the shortcomings of this clock are replaced by the exposed mechanics and sense of self accomplishment once you have it working.
I gave this four stars not because it's loud or hard to read from further than six feet away, but because the packaging could've been better. Some of the gears (namely the escape wheel) were slightly warped and/or had nicked teeth. Everything worked just fine, but it could go for a better packaging job to protect the otherwise comprehensive kit (instructions are super helpful!) and precisely laser-cut gears. I mean, it's coming from Canada for chrissake, eh?