As a kid, I was fascinated with watches, clocks and especially the
giant grandfather clocks. In 1973, I decided to invent and build my
own hyper-modern version of a grandfather clock!|
I bought four slabs of beautiful walnut wood, and cut them and screwed them together to form the main frame of a grandfather clock. I had also made grooves near the front and back edges so I could mount 1/4" plate glass in, so I had a closed rectangular box, which could be looked through from front to back.
Inside the walnut side wall was a larger circular area routed out. In principle, I should have done that in both sidewalls but for simplicity, I only did one side like that. I wound a coil of copper wire which resembled a bracelet, and that coil was then placed entirely within that new recess, and another thin slice of walnut wood closed that area up to become invisible.
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So I used a very small electronic circuit as a timer to schedule exactly when I needed to make the magnet work which acted to increase the arc of the pendulum.
The pendulum was NOT attached to any mechanism, and appeared to simply be hanging in space inside the glass-walled box, but it ran continuously and very accurately for many months and years. It was an interesting optical illusion, where no one could figure out how or why it worked!
Above the Lexan crossbar was another crossbar which contained four digital displays, which showed the hour and minute at all times. At that time (1973) the largest such digits were only 3/4" tall, and they were not very bright, so the time display did not seem to be as impressive as the swinging pendulum beneath it!
But it was certainly a Grandfather Clock which kept impressively accurate time. It also only cost me around $40 to build, and most of that was for the walnut wood!
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