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The thing about gears

It’s a complete bitch to get the arbors straight when you’re assembling gear trains made out of wood.  I think I did pretty well really.  Today I stained all the pieces that will be stained, primarily the gear train, and then assembled most of the gears on their arbors.

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Here I have applied a nice dark mahogany stain.  One coat seems to be plenty to get a rich, dark color to the wood.  It should be a really nice contrast to the natural wood frame.

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Here is the escapement wheel and great wheel.  You can already see the contrast I was talking about from the arbors and gears.  Looks great!

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Here’s the minute wheel with the minute pipe, the escape lever and half of the mid wheel.  Also, a cheap multimeter.  My woodworking bench is also used for electronics work.  Or maybe my electronics bench is used for woodworking, I’m not really sure.

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All of the gears with their various arbors and whatnot.  I should be able to start assembling everything onto the great wheel arbor tomorrow.  Look for another post in a day or two.  The weekend at the latest.

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