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Free Metalworking Project Plans: A Burgeon-Style Gear Cutter for Clockmaking

Material: Steel
Michel has designed a Burgeon-style gear cutting machine for making precision clock gears that uses an inexpensive Dremel tool. Here are the two machines side by side: The original Burgeon (which costs $7989.00) is on the left. Michel’s machine (which costs a lot less) is on the right.

If you’re a clockmaker (or have some other need for cutting precision gears) and you don’t want to spend $8K on a quality Burgeon, take a look at Michel’s detailed plans. FYI, the plans are in French (for example, the index plate pin is called a “pointeau”), but that shouldn’t prevent anyone from being able to read the dimensions (which are metric).

Here’s a translation (which I edited a bit for clarity) of what Michel had to say about his project:
“This is milling machine for clockmaking that I designed for use with a Dremel. This machine is based on a milling machine from the Bergeon company. The goal was not to duplicate the Bergeon design exactly, but rather to alter the design to allow for the use of a Dremel. A lightweight Dremel is easy to mount thus avoiding the need for a larger motor and pulley (like in the Burgeon design). On my site you will find photographs as well as the method of construction.
Also on my site there are other projects which might be of interest to your visitors: A quick change tool post that I designed which has proved to be very handy, as well as a stainless marking gauge, which was a very beautiful project to create.
-  Michel”
Thanks for sharing your plans Michel!
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About Tyler

Tyler is a hobby machinist and 3D printing aficionado. He teaches computer programming and web development at Highline near Seattle. Tyler founded Projects In Metal in 2008 because he was frustrated by the lack of free plans available for hobby machinists.