I’ve been looking at the Egerton clock for sometime. What’s cool about this clock, if I haven’t wrote about this as of yet, is that the scroll-board is pierced so the sound of the bell strike is better heard. As I work on the hood, it’s time to make decisions about the pattern work in the scroll-board.
I should also add that the pattern of the scroll-board is cut into a piece of veneer and that veneer is placed over holes drilled in a scroll-board backer. A piece of dark cloth is fitted between the two in the original clock.
Take a look at the photo. Can you see a pattern. I thought I had it a couple times, but when I set down to plan the layout, it never came together. At first, I was trying to look at and figure out the dark areas, the areas I needed to remove. It just didn’t work.
Finally, I decided to look at and study the non-dark areas, or the material that stayed in place. I know there are brain-teasers that make your mind work to see the opposite, but I never figured thought this would be an example.
Once I changed my point of view, I figured out the pattern. Just above is a SketchUp drawing of my latest rendition. In it I have lines set at 45 degrees and spaced every 5/8″. The small circles are 1/2″-diameter in size. At each crossing of the layout lines, I put a circle. Next I connected lines between the circles. each line is space an 1/8″ apart.
In SketchUp, when you connect or close areas they change color. I went back and removed any colored section from the circles and areas between the connection lines. That left the waste areas dark, just as in the scroll-board. Below is a close-up look at the layout.
All I need to do now is complete the circles – if I want or need to see the completed layout. Or with the 45-degree lines in place, I know that the centers of my circles fits at each intersection. Of course, I also need to chop out the waste which I believe will be done using a combination of carving gouges sized to match the circle circumference and chisels. Unless you guys come up with a better idea. Help.
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