Sunday, January 20, 2008

Book: Make Your Own Working Paper Clock

I remember seeing this book at a friend's house when I was a teenager. Neither he nor I had the patience to undertake the project. Years later, this books seems like an amazing way to learn about clocks, clock-making, mechanics, paper engineering...and patience.

The reviews on Amazon about the book/kit/project are illuminating. Among some of the tips I read were the following:
  • Consider getting two copies in anticipation of needing to make/remake certain pieces
  • Use glue sparingly
  • Try a tacky type of glue
  • Use an X-acto knife and many X-acto blades
  • Work in many short sessions over time
  • Work when you are up to it and can be careful
  • Have small clips, weights, clamps, and cross-lock tweezers
  • Be especially careful when constructing the main gears
  • Certain parts might benefit from a hardening coat of white glue or Mod Podge
The comments reveal that the people who were happy with this project were the ones that really savored the process of building. It is clear that this not an afternoon project. If it is approached as a challenging, educational exercise -- you cannot really fail.

Order the book Make Your Own Working Paper Clock

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