Recent content by DianneB

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    Time to overhaul the Ansonia?

    Frankly the pivot is SO badly worn I didn't want to touch it for fear of breaking it off. I wanted to do some reading and research and have new material on hand before I tackle that job! That will be a job all its own :( The pivot is beyond saving and I just wanted to get the Ansonia back...
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    Time to overhaul the Ansonia?

    The bushings came in last week and I had my first experience with 'factory made' bushings. They are really quite easy to install, even easier than my home-made 'tubular bushings' made from brass tube. I noticed one pinion shaft is very badly worn so that's on the agenda for the next service...
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    Time to overhaul the Ansonia?

    I found Nano oil in small quantity for a reasonable price at the same place I ordered my bushings from so all that has been ordered. I looking the Ansonia over carefully I decided to do the first 3 shafts (6 bushings) since they are all showing some oblong wear and I decided to go with "store...
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    Time to overhaul the Ansonia?

    Yes, on closer look, the last 3 shafts are showing wear. With the escapement removed, it seems to loose all its drive when the 2nd and 3rd shaft shift so a bag of bearings has been ordered. I was going to buy some clock oil as well but when I saw the price of Nano Oil, I had doubts! (OMG that...
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    Time to overhaul the Ansonia?

    For cleaning, I took it completely apart and scrubbed all pinions and holes with solvent until no more 'black gunk' came off and wiped down all the gears with solvent as well - as good a cleaning as I can do without an ultrasonic tank (which I don't have). I am usually pretty good at setting...
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    Time to overhaul the Ansonia?

    I have an older Ansonia bank or school clock that I acquired 30-odd years ago in working order that has been the main time piece in my house ever since and recently it went from running 10 to 12 days on one winding to quitting after 24 to 36 hours while still having lots of spring tension. I...
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    A Different Sort of Grandfather Clock

    Thanks Veritas, I DO enjoy it. One day in the future I may make a new cabinet from hardwood now that I have some idea what I am doing LOL!
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    Anyone Ever Miss Their Clock when they go away on Vacation

    You don't need "a collection" to miss your clocks. I have one home made grandfather clock that sits beside my desk in the living room. It has been running for a few months now and when I am away I miss the quarterly Westminster chimes.
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    A Different Sort of Grandfather Clock

    Thanks for the comments guys! I finished the last of the stained glass panels tonight so my grandfather clock project is COMPLETE! I am disappointed with my carpentry - never again will I attempt something like this in a soft wood like Knotty Pine - it would have turned out better in any...
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    A Different Sort of Grandfather Clock

    I got the other lower side panel done and then decided to get bold and try the upper front panel. Now I am totally new to stained glass and didn't have a lot of confidence in doing this panel. It was the most difficult panel to make with it's half circle for the moon dial, the odd shaped pieces...
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    A Different Sort of Grandfather Clock

    I haven't posted in awhile since I hadn't been doing much on the clock except getting ready to make the six stained glass panels. Well I finally got the clear glass for the centre of the panels and got the first one installed (but it still needs cleaning). It is a geometric abstract design that...
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    Gear by shaper!

    #1 reason - because I had a suitable piece of aluminum bar stock in the cupboard but no brass of suitable size. The second reason was that I wasn't sure my setup would be strong enough to work the brass.
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    Gear by shaper!

    DUCT TAPE! I knew I forgot something LOL!
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    Gear by shaper!

    Thank you gentlemen! I had no idea whether it would work or not when I started - it was a shot in the dark. My old Southbend is so badly worn and so inaccurate in many ways that I wasn't sure of the outcome. Fortunately the headstock gearing is all tight so when I set the position of the chuck...
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    Gear by shaper!

    Now don't jump all over me - I know this isn't the proper professional way to make a gear but I needed a 37 tooth moon gear for my home made grandfather clock and couldn't find one anywhere - no parts supplier had them, no gear-maker offers an odd number of teeth the right size, NOBODY!. I had...

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