Clayton Boyer Clock Designs

 

Aloha,

I’m always here to answer your well-thought out questions, however, most of the questions I reply to already have answers that appear in the Frequently Asked Questions section of my site. Please check here first to see if I’ve already answered your particular question. Hopefully you’ll find the information you need, and maybe a chuckle or two along the way:

Frequently Asked Questions Page

Another great resource is the video section on my site. A few of my builders have created some totally wonderful how-to videos that contain lots of tips, tricks and fantastic information that can help anyone build a better wooden clock. Use the left-right buttons at the bottom of the video player to scroll through all the videos that are available.

Instructional Video Page

Question about your order? If you have a question about your order, please email me directly at moalanikai@yahoo.com and I will solve it. If you would prefer to write, you may write to Clayton Boyer, P.O. Box 451, Kenwood, CA, 95452, U.S.A. Our customer service phone number is 707-843-9805, however, all customer service is handled by email response. Please make sure your correct email is on your order and on your return email and on any correspondence you email to moalanikai@yahoo.com. Also be sure that we are on your "safe sender" list. Since we live in the Pacific Time zone, we answer email queries promptly throughout the day mainly during those hours.

Most of the email I still get are the following three questions that are already answered on my "Frequently Asked Questions" page, namely:

1. "What is the price of each woodworking plan?"

To find the cost of any plan, click on the "Buy from 2CO" link. This link does not obligate you to buy the plan and won't require any of your information until you check out. 2CO, is short for "2Checkout." 2Checkout is the company we chose to handle our secure transactions for us. They are an established company based in Ohio and take many forms of payment from all over the world.

 

2. "In what format are your plans, and what is included? Can I get a DXF emailed to me?"

Included in my clock plans are full size drawings for most of the parts.  All of the major components, like the wheels, pinions, spacers, etc., are given as full size patterns.  These drawings can be cut from the plans, glued to the appropriately sized stock, and cut to the line.  This same “NO Measuring” technique applies to the metal parts used as arbors and spacers.  Just put the appropriately sized metal part next to the plans, mark and cut.  

All of my clock plans come with a full set of instructions and a materials list.  Besides the separate instructions, each page also has instructions for each of the parts, and there are a couple of pages that show the completed clockworks, so you can go back and reference these to see how all the parts fit together.  There are two drawings of the front view of the clock; a full front view, and a close-up where the various parts of the clock are labeled.  Also, there is a side view of the clock that shows the layout of the parts from that view.  Oversized parts are given as measured drawings. 

All of my clock plans are drawn in CAD. Most of my designs now have their wheels, frame, and oversized parts available in dxf format available upon request. Simply put a note in the Special Instructions box at check out, or send me an email requesting any available dxf for your project. You will still receive the complete paper pattern of your design in the mail.

At the time of this update (3/27/13) there are a few plans that are completely available in dxf format: Weird Gears, Perpetual Calendar, Genesis clock, Cogitation kinetic sculpture, the Leeds and the Epicyclic. More will be added as they become available.

PDF of my designs are not available and you must have a CAD program to open and manipulate a dxf. Regular drawing programs, for example; Sketchup and Corel, will not work correctly. If you do not have a CAD program, I recommend you look into www.deltacad.com It is a wonderful program, powerful enough for what we need, yet quite inexpensive.

 

3. "How long will my plans take to arrive?"

I try my best to turn around all the orders within 24 hours, excluding weekends and holidays. I send all my orders out USPS First Class or Air Mail to foreign countries. Domestic orders containing three or more plans always go out USPS Priority Mail. Here is the schedule my post office says to allow for delivery of my plans:

West Coast of United States - 2 to 3 weeks.
East Coast of United States - 3 to 4 weeks
Canada and Mexico - 3 to 4 weeks
Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan - 3 to 4 weeks
South America, Africa - 4 to 6 weeks
Europe - 4 to 6 weeks, excluding Italy
Italy - 6 weeks to 4 years

HOWEVER, I find that my packages usually arrive in about half of the time listed above.

4. "Which is the best clock design for beginners?"

I always used to recommend my Number Six as the best clock for the beginner to learn about building wooden clockworks. It is a true clock with front and rear plates (frames), and her large wheels are not only pleasant to look at but are also very forgiving for the first time clock builder. Her large escape wheel, right out front, is also quite mesmerizing. I love my Number Six. Mine has been running over seven years and still she has never even given me a lick of problems or needed a cleaning!

Later I created my Simplicity...and as the name implies, she is even easier than the Number Six because of her "uni-frame" construction, and fewer wheels to cut. The song of my Simplicity is the first thing to greet me in the morning as I enter my shop. Yes! - she is still operating out in my shop where she has to contend with mounds of sawdust. Once the sawdust gets to thick on her and she stops, I simply take my compressed air and blow her off and she's ready to go out dancing again.

My newest and simplest clock design is the Genesis. Genesis is probably the best beginner's clock to start your clockmaking journey. It is not only a simple build, but has the very best, most complete step-by-step set of instructions that I have ever written.

Kauai Time is also a wonderful design that is easy for the first timer to build. Kauai Time is a simple three wheel design with a large escapement and is very forgiving of the first time builder.

If you want to build an even simpler mechanism (notice I'm not calling it a clock) you could look at my Horologium. If you want some semblance of correct time, build one of the above, but if you just want a lot of movement and an approximation of time, the Horologium is about as simple as you can get. If you look up John Hilgenberg's Horologium on my Flicker link (on my main page) he says his keeps nearly perfect time. His is made of acrylic and is quite beautiful.

So, there you go, four choices depending upon what you'd like, but remember, all of my designs are "build-able". It is just that some take more time and tenacity than others.

If you have checked these resources THOROUGHLY and still have a question, you may contact me by using the following email link:

Email Clayton

Aloha. Clayton

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