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Weston Bye
07-27-2012, 10:01 PM
As a service and convenience to readers of Digital Machinist magazine, I have made arrangements to offer printed circuit boards,parts kits and assembled and tested assemblies for the Magnetic Clock.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Weston/DSCN4415.jpg

The bare board is $15.00
The kit of parts including the board is $35.00
The assembled and tested board is $50.00
All prices are postpaid USA, payable by check or money order to Weston Bye. Additional postage required outside the USA.

You may PM me through this BBS or e-mail me direct at wcbye@sbcglobal.net, or postal mail at P.O.Box 811 Grand Blanc MI 48480

The circuit will work with the Magnetic Clock featured in the Winter 2011, Spring and Summer 2012, and upcoming Fall and Winter 2012 issues of Digital Machinist magazine. Also, it will work in the Time Machinery clock presented in the Winter 2006 and Spring and Summer 2007 issues. Back Issues, Photocopies and Subscriptions are available from Village Press.

George has approved this departure from the "no sales" policy, as it directly benefits the readers of Digital Machinist magazine and Village Press.

Weston Bye
08-21-2012, 01:25 PM
Coil winding service to the Digital Machinist readers building the Magnetic Clock: the cost is $30.00 (was $20, see post #14 below) for the 3 coils, postpaid USA. Use the address in post #1 above.

In addition to winding the coils on your bobbins, I will terminate the magnet wire on the diode and install the stranded leadwires.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Weston/Photo15.jpg

Bob Fisher
08-21-2012, 06:51 PM
Wes, that is ice looking work on the board, and reasonably priced as well. Given that one of my interests are clocks, I guess I should build one. If you did it with all manual tools, I should be able as well. Where do I get all the plans? What's the source for the magnets? Thanks, Bob.

Mike Amick
08-21-2012, 07:31 PM
How about supplying a link to the clock project so we don't have to go do a search to see what
this is for. It would just be a nice convenience.

jdunmyer
08-21-2012, 07:55 PM
Mike,
Look back in this thread: the project plans are in the Digital Machinist magazine, over 4 issues. Wes had his clock at the N.A.M.E.S. show in April, and like many visitors, I went directly from Wes's table to the V.P. booth to subscribe, including getting the back issues. Do a quick search, and you'll find a couple more message threads on the subject.

Weston Bye
08-21-2012, 08:17 PM
How about supplying a link to the clock project so we don't have to go do a search to see what
this is for. It would just be a nice convenience.


Look here:
http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/threads/53948-Magnetic-clock?highlight=Magnetic+clock
And here:
http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/threads/54089-Building-The-Magnetic-Clock

Weston Bye
08-21-2012, 08:40 PM
Wes, that is ice looking work on the board, and reasonably priced as well. Given that one of my interests are clocks, I guess I should build one. If you did it with all manual tools, I should be able as well. Where do I get all the plans? What's the source for the magnets? Thanks, Bob.


Bob,
You can contact George Bulliss or the Village Press subscription department for back issues and subscriptions. There will be 2 more issues in the Magnetic Clock series.

While most builders I know of are building the clock with CNC, I designed it and wrote the articles with manual machining instructions. Indeed, I built all but two details of the original clock with a Sherline lathe and mill.

I have been getting my magnets from United Nuclear, a Michigan company. Google it. There are other sources as well.

George Bulliss
08-22-2012, 10:07 AM
The Magnetic Clock series began in the Winter 2011 issue of Digital Machinist magazine and looks like it will wrap up in the Winter 2012 issue; making for five parts.

To purchase the full series, call 800-447-7367. Your $19.95 subscription will start with the Summer issue and will cover Parts 3, 4, and 5. Parts 1 and 2 can be purchased as back issues.

After September 15, subscriptions will begin with the Fall (Part 4) issue.

lvanduyn
08-23-2012, 02:46 PM
I procured my magnets from an online company called "KJMagnetics.com". They have anything you can imagine in magnets.
Larry

Mike Amick
08-27-2012, 12:45 AM
Look here:
http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/threads/53948-Magnetic-clock?highlight=Magnetic+clock
And here:
http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/threads/54089-Building-The-Magnetic-Clock


Holy crap ...

I really don't think I was ready for all that. Those projects are so far above my current pay
grade .. some day ..

George_Race
08-27-2012, 11:00 AM
mikeamick, not above your pay grade by any means!

I am a real novice at working with metal. Just started learning about 3 years ago.

If I can build this magnetic clock, believe me, anyone who really wants to can.

It is one of the neatest project that I have ever done!

George

Mike Amick
08-27-2012, 04:32 PM
Ummmm ... I'm afraid your being a little humble. I drove around your webpages for a bit .. and it's
obvious that your just one of those guys .... very talented.

I don't want to hog up this sticky with a thousand questions .. but .. I HAVE to get into this
CNC hobby.

I see your using a CNC router/mill ... (possibly a home brew). Man .. these things are cool
for exactly what you are using yours for. What do you do if you have a little larger piece to make ... like a 3" x 4" bracket/mount type thingy ... ?


Thanks

George_Race
08-27-2012, 08:43 PM
Mikeamick, more curious than talented I am afraid. But it has served me well for years. I am the kind that has always said, "yes I can do that" and then went and researched how it was done, just in case I got stuck doing the job!

I built my CNC from the ground up, using some easily available assemblies. K2CNC supplied the basic frame. Hobby CNC supplied the steppers and a electronics kit. Other bits and pieces in my shop from all different ebay and other places.

My table actually will CNC cut 15" high X 24" long jobs. I actually do aircraft instrument panels that are over 4 foot long.

Take a look at my products page, and you will see the kind of stuff that I CNC cut, and everything there is my own original design, mostly CNC cut.
George

Weston Bye
09-21-2012, 10:06 AM
Sad to say, I have had to increase the price for winding bobbins to $30.00.

I have found that I am not able to get as many coils out of a spool of purchased magnet wire as I expected, and at the $20 price I was operating at less than the cost of materials, packaging and postage. The new price will cover all that and a little for my time.

Now, if the price of copper doesn't rise...

Prices for all the other packages will remain the same.

Weston Bye
12-18-2012, 08:56 PM
Recapping the goods and services I have available in support of those building or contemplating the build of the Magnetic Clock.

Bare printed circuit boards - $15.00
Kit of board and all electronic components - $35.00
Assembled and tested circuit board - 50.00

Coil winding service - 3 coils wound, terminated with diode and lead wires, on your machined bobbins - $30.00

NEW - I have a limited supply of machined bobbins, wound and terminated with leadwires - 3 for $48.00
All prices are postpaid in the US.
Payment by check or postal money order.

Weston Bye
P.O.Box 811
Grand Blanc MI 48480

Weston Bye
01-16-2013, 01:35 PM
A picture of the finished project:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Weston/Photo01.jpg

Sage5902
01-16-2013, 02:14 PM
Wow !

That is impressive. I'm glad I'm in the process of building it.
I like the stand you have as well so I'll stop dreaming up other ideas.

How many more issues do we have to wait for the rest of the details?

Will you have the details of the bezel. Will you supply the dxf's for the numbers so I can CNC them (or are they engraved)?

Thanks

I'm excited again.

Sage

BTW - any comments on my post in the other thread.

Weston Bye
01-18-2013, 12:15 PM
The Magnetic Clock Series is complete with the Winter 2012 issue of Digital Machinist, and should be showing up in mailboxes now. CAD files are available for download on the Digital Machinist website.

I will continue to offer the electronics kits and assemblies for sale by mailorder and possibly at Cabin Fever or NAMES.

Weston Bye
03-01-2013, 10:01 AM
I will be attending both Cabin Fever and NAMES this year. Just find George (or anyone) at the Village Press table and he will be able to point me out.

Weston Bye
11-08-2013, 05:42 PM
Recapping the goods and services I have available in support of those building or contemplating the build of the Magnetic Clock.

Bare printed circuit boards - $15.00
Kit of board and all electronic components - $35.00
Assembled and tested circuit board - 50.00

Coil winding service - 3 coils wound, terminated with diode and lead wires, on your machined bobbins - $30.00

NEW - I have a limited supply of machined bobbins, wound and terminated with leadwires - 3 for $48.00
All prices are postpaid in the US.
Payment by check or postal money order.

Weston Bye
P.O.Box 811
Grand Blanc MI 48480

An update: the pre wound coil sets have sold out and are no longer available. I will still wind and terminate coils on your supplied bobbins.

Weston Bye
04-17-2014, 08:38 PM
In consultation with George, we have agreed that the time has come to unstick this thread and let it float. The products and services mentioned are still available, but time goes on.

I am not abandoning the Magnetic Gear Clock, as it will appear in a new book by Village Press: The Electromechanical Arts of Weston Bye. The book is a compilation of most of my articles from the Mechatronist column in Digital Machinist, and it should be available later in the Summer.

I am continuing on in the column with a new clock design,the Geneva Hours Clock. The series will begin in the Summer 2014 issue. Here is a preview, still under construction:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Weston/DSCN1332_zps18ed1713.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Weston/media/DSCN1332_zps18ed1713.jpg.html)

Gears. Real (mostly) gears.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Weston/DSCN1325_zpsad3841f9.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Weston/media/DSCN1325_zpsad3841f9.jpg.html)

Coils and circuits, like the Magnetic Clock.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/Weston/DSCN1327_zpsa2c2e3a1.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Weston/media/DSCN1327_zpsa2c2e3a1.jpg.html)

George Bulliss
04-18-2014, 09:02 AM
I just wanted to add that I'm pretty sure Wes will have his new clock with him at the NAMES show next week. A very interesting clock and it received a lot of attention at Cabin Fever.