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Dale Mathis
Las Vegas Nevada
USA

Dale is an Artist.

Dale has plans to build a wooden clock. Am sure it will be quite wild. Check out Dales Website.

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Myspace site slide show

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6-October 2004

Dale has outdid everyone and built an amazing wood clock.

Here is Dales latest clock using the gears from this webpage.

He cut the gears by a CNC machine on a very large scale.

This is an executive desk 8' long approximately 4' wide.
The biggest gear in the set is 20" in diameter.
I was commissioned to make this for a doctor.
The gears really move, they are controlled by a little electric motor.
All the gears sit under a 1/2 inch sheet of glass, very heavy.
The desk is all made of wood.

Dale we'd love to take you up on your offer to show how you built this clock from start to finish.

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Dale Was kind enough to send pictures of how the desk was built from start to finish.

Enjoy!


This is the text from an e-mail from Dale accompaning his pictures

Ok, here we go.

Here are the basic photos of how the desk was built in the order of the process.

Here's the break down. The desk is 8' x approximately 4' wide.

Glass top 3/8" thick.

Glass was cut with a water jet machine. Cut's glass and steel like butter in the same way a mill CNC machine does but with water.

The table and gears are made of MDF board (3/4 and 1/2 ).

The base of the desk is made of 3 laminated sheets of 3/4" ply wood to hold all the weight together. It's really heavy.

Gears were cut with a CNC machine using Gary Mahony's Download ACAD Plans. I just made them huge.

The gears move by flipping a switch under the desk. An animation motor that turns at 20 rpm is what makes them move.

The smaller gears turn a lot faster than than the big gear but you engineer guy's out there would already know that.

When assembling the gears my goal was to make the desk appear to be as sophisticated as possible. They have no job but to look intricate and move.

The desk appears to be made of metal, but in fact is silver leafed.

The legs were fabricated out of steel to hold the weight and look cool at the same time.

The clock in the picture is made in the same way as the desk. The clock is 4 1/2' long x 3 feet wide.

My objective in the making of the desk was to make the ultimate functional furniture, something that works even when your not at work. :)

See you on the next project.

Dale C, Mathis

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