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    Alternates to Shellac

    Thanks. I learned way too much about shellac and old lacquer finishes. Subsequent to this I did a project that was originally lacquer I thought was shellac. I learned alcohol/shellac will make a mess out of lacquer & how to tell the difference. Also, came up with a polishing method other than...
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    Alternates to Shellac

    Ok, when with shellac. Got the flakes & fuel alcohol. The can stuff is garbage. Strip, Wet sand, polish, wax. Came out gear.
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    Gilbert Rack & Snail

    Thanks all. I think I’m ok. Have it running on test stand & can find no reason to actually dissemble to movement. Bushings seem good & it seems it wasn’t running reliably because the friction crutch was out of adjustment. The case is getting stripped down & re done though
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    Gilbert Rack & Snail

    Is it pretty easy or usually a headache?
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    Gilbert Rack & Snail

    I’m getting ready to tackle this Gilbert rack & snail movement. I only have worked on American clocks with a count wheel. I read a little about rack & snail, but couldn’t seem to isolate if there is a definitive way necessary to set it up like a count wheel has that will make it not work or...
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    Alternates to Shellac

    Ok. Thanks for all the advice. I’ve used Danish oil & like it too. But dumb me is going to go with shellac again. My previous shellac experience was from big box - they dont have expiration dates there - so who knows how old. I’m ordering flakes from Amazon. Decided to go this route because I...
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    New French? Clock Missing Bell

    So I’ve read somewhere that French movements have indexed gears that have marks on them. Is that generally the case?
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    New French? Clock Missing Bell

    I always thought of “brocot” as the exposed escape mechanism on some American clocks. But I’m guessing it describes the actual type of mechanism & how it works?
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    Alternates to Shellac

    Hi. This is a Gilbert clock just as I found it. It’s been poorly refinished with polyurethane (I think). I was able to Citrus Strip it all off down to bare wood. I know shellac seems the favorite top coat to use. I used it once & loathe it. Maybe it was old, but I bought it at hardware store...
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    New French? Clock Missing Bell

    I was able to get clock in beat & it’s been running fine a few days. The way I did it was by loosening the 2 screws in the back to turn the whole movement a hair in the “strap” holding it on. I’m wondering if anyone knows if the speed adjustment (by the key) speeds up the clock when it’s...
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    New French? Clock Missing Bell

    Thanks I will. Dumb question, but I don’t want to mess anything up. Can I bend the crutch on this to set it in beat like an American mantle clock. Is it basically same procedure? Bend it towards side you lift higher? I’m trying to read about French clocks now
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    New French? Clock Missing Bell

    Thanks everyone. I live 15 mins from Merritt’s - so I’ll see what they have there. They have a bunch of bins labeled old French clock parts in the store if I recall. I know zero point zero about french clocks. The clocks I have worked on have been Ansonia type American clocks. Assuming I need...
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    New French? Clock Missing Bell

    Hello, back again. Found this at an antique shop for a good price. From what I’ve seen online seems to possibly be Japy Freres & maybe 1880s? Works. But is missing what appears to be bell for the strike train. I’m guessing finding the exact bell for this movement is difficult to impossible...
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    Ansonia Capitol finials

    Merrits has stuff like that. Probably not the exit ones - but they have similar repros
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    Movement Cleaning - What Went Wrong?

    If you ever have to clean anything really greasy - use Brake Kleen. $5 a can. It removes oil/grease quick & well; unlike aqueous cleaners - because oil/grease is not soluble in water. I spray every movement I’ve done before I take it apart. Only grease really left is in springs that are wound it...

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