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    Default Brass Stringing

    I am constructing a longcase clock and I am wondering if anyone knows how brass stinging was originally fixed to fluted columns.Cheers,Bill.

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    Default Re: Brass Stringing (By: bclare)

    Hi,
    It has been my experience that the brass infill on fluted columns has been halfround brass. Either it came that was or was filed to shape-I do not know. To attach one end is bent to 90 degrees and it is inserted in a hole in the flute. The other end is retained by the brass capitol/base.
    Hope this helps.
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    Default Re: Brass Stringing (By: tom427cid)

    I have done it on Willard replicas just the way Tom suggests above. Some folks just like the brass added to a clock without the capitals. In that case I drill brass rod for a brass tapered pin, mount the brass in the flute with tape, and drive the pin through the brass into the wood. Then file the brass pin flush with the surface, and polish with a Dremel. As in the photo below. I know others when faced with the same situation to use glue (e-6000) to in addition to a pin adhere the brass to the case.

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    Default Re: Brass Stringing (By: upstateny)

    I'd drill and solder brass wire into the rods at 2 or 3 places and make them into tacks.
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    Default Re: Brass Stringing (By: MartinM)

    Quote Originally Posted by MartinM View Post
    I'd drill and solder brass wire into the rods at 2 or 3 places and make them into tacks.
    That would also work, good idea!

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    Default Re: Brass Stringing (By: upstateny)

    Thanks everyone for the replies, I have prepared the columns to take full round brass so I think Martin's method may be the way to go,Thanks,Bill

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    Default Re: Brass Stringing (By: bclare)

    Cool! Remember to pre-drill your column for your tacks. Brass is soft and my fear would be that it would bend when being driven into wood that has not been pre-drilled.

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    Default Re: Brass Stringing (By: upstateny)

    Yes,I thought I would take some brass the same size as the stringing and drill holes though it and use that as a template to spot the stinging and predrill the flutes.

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    Default Re: Brass Stringing (By: bclare)

    Some antique ones I've seen were cast brass, with steel brads cast in. The section was not a full round, but rather a sort of ellipse, so that they don't stand proud of the fillets between the flutes. This profile was also used in architecture.

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    Default Re: Brass Stringing (By: Bill Ward)

    Your posts have all been very informative. Does anyone know where I can buy brass stringing to put into my Georgian tall case clock? Thanks.

    Dave

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    Default Re: Brass Stringing (By: david friedman)

    Your local hobby shop or hardware store can easily order hobby brass in lengths up to 3 feet.
    For longer lengths, you may have a harder time and it can get costly.
    Here's an Amazon page with some of those:
    https://www.amazon.com/Unpolished-Fi.../dp/B00CNLVD1E
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    Default Re: Brass Stringing (By: MartinM)

    Actually, if you don't need more than 6 foot lengths, Grainger's prices aren't too bad:
    https://www.grainger.com/category/br...yziht5Z1z0nli0
    Just select the diameter you need on the left to filter the list.
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    Default Re: Brass Stringing (By: david friedman)

    Quote Originally Posted by david friedman View Post
    Your posts have all been very informative. Does anyone know where I can buy brass stringing to put into my Georgian tall case clock? Thanks.

    Dave

    It's actually called "stop fluting".

    https://www.google.com/search?site=&source=hp&q=stop+fluting&oq=stop+flut ing&gs_l=hp.3..0i13k1l10.708.2801.0.8196.13.12.0.0 .0.0.211.1626.0j9j1.10.0....0...1.1.64.hp..3.10.16 21.0..0j0i131k1j0i10k1j0i22i30k1.ojXPBcVZcIE




    Ralph

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