Clock Steps:

 

THE MIDDLE WHEEL

Rolling, rolling, rolling...

Oh, I love cut-ting, oh yes, I do-oo. Oh, I love cut-ting... oh yes, it's troo-oo.

More of those ^#($#@! little individual teeth on piece 50. 

To preserve our marriage, I agreed to finish cutting out pieces 50/51 (glued together back to back) while Eric worked on higher level processes, to do with piece 53.

And all the while we took turns with the litany of:

"It's not going to work!"

"It's going to work."

"It's not going to work!"

"It's going to work."

"It's not going to work!"

Oh, IT'S GOING TO WORK.

Around now we start to realize that if we can muster the joint effort to finish this clock, we're destined to stay together forever.

Note on pieces 51 and 53: The two dotted circles don't look it, but they're there to indicate where the zigzag teeth of piece 52 will be glued.

Zigzags.  I hate zigzags.

Glue down piece 52 onto 51, and cap with piece 53/54 (which are glued back to back).  That star shaped cutout in 53/54 will hold the pinion formed by piece 55.

Put some glue on the hole of piece 53/54 and a bit on the end of the pinion, piece 55, then slip the pinion (boy, doesn't that sound easy?) through the star shaped hole and up against the wheel, piece 51.

Then slip the star shaped hole of piece 56 over the pinion. Put some glue on the free end of piece 55 and some on the face of piece 56 and slap piece 57 on the end of the pinion, bringing piece 56 up to be glued onto 57 as well. That caps the end.

Now is the time to check that the whole element turns on its axle so thread in the axle and make sure that there's no wobble.  Correct piece 57's position if necessary before the glue fully dries.

(Yes, that's de Tocqueville's "Democracy in America" being used as a weight for pieces as the glue dries.)

Wow.  Wasn't that easy??

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