If all there were to a clock (wooden or otherwise) were a bunch of gears with a weight (or spring) attached, then it is probably pretty obvious that the falling weight would just unwind the gear train at the proper rate for whatever weight you put on it. Minus friction. So how does a clock keep time? It has to have an escape mechanism, clockspeak for a device that interrupts the weight on its Newton-ordained fall to the ground. The escape mechanism on a clock is usually, in a clock, based on a pendulum; since a pendulum of a given length gives you a very steady beat. But alas, there is friction. You can easily make a pendulum. Put a weight on the end of a rod. Put it in some sort of pivot. A nail, say. Push it. You will see that eventually the pendulum beats no more. Friction, you see. So there is another function the escape mechanism must perform. It has to give a bit of a kick to the pendulum, to counter-act the evil friction. Actually, friction can be a Good Thing (TM) else your car wouldn't stop when you hit the brakes, but in clocks we really, really, don't like it. Again in clockspeak, the bit of a kick is called impulsing the pendulum. Over the years, nay centuries, there have been numerous very clever humans who have designed escape mechanisms, as a Google search on "clock escape mechanisms" will convince you. Mine is what the designers of this clock deemed best, a "deadbeat escape mechanism". There are many others.
The Dremel has a router bit in it. With this baby I can take off as little as .01 cm (or .0005") at one go from the wheel. (Not really. This is wood, not metal. Precision is futile). This speeded up the problem considerably. Couldn't have done this with the going train (the main gears) because the wheels are too big to "swing" on my little Taig. Later I got even smarter. But that's another post. Live and learn.
Early summer harvest
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