A clock case you have built

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  1. R&A

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    I built this clock case about 15 years ago.It has a 30 hour movement that I got out of another case that was beyond repair. I thought that it would be interesting to see other projects.
     

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    I built this hooded wall clock last winter with my 9 year old son. It's built around what I presume to be a John Wilding tall case movement I found at an antique store in upstate N.Y. Since I had to make it, I thought why not hang it and have something that's somewhat unique.

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  3. Kevin W.

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    Nice job JB. What are the dimensions of this case.And what wood did you make it out of?
     
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    Very impressive guys, I wish I had the ability!

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  5. R&A

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    Thanks Db
     
  6. wingardclocks

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    Over the years I've built too many cases to show, but here's a few. The double-sided street clock is electric with a timer that illuminates the entire face at night.
     

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  7. Sooth

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    Here is a clock case that I built. The dial is hand turned on a lathe, and I also hand painted it. Hands were also hand cut and filed. The movement was from a poor quality (and badly damaged) Korean clock. Additional photos can be found on my website.

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  8. R&A

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    Hey Sooth
    You must be a Machinist.I like the case and the painted face job.
     
  9. chrsvor25

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    i bought a book with antique clock designs when i was much younger and attempted to build an OG clock with my dad. We used a door frame for the door, but it is heavier then the rest of the case (made of pine). has a modern time only mvt from clock it in it. Its terrible. But the one good thing about it all is i read about Merritts in the book and went there since its an hour from my house :)
     
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    Well, I hesitated posting this one because woodwork is not a strong skill of mine. That said, I do enjoy it, even when the end result isn't quite what I had in mind. This one just needs a beat scale and a top moulding and it's finished. Plan? Nope, no plan. I built it around the movement, which is a late 1800s GB.
     

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  11. Paul Arsenault

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    I built these three back in the 80's, Vienna Regulator, Orleans Regulator and Schoolhouse. I got the plans (not a kit) from Mason & Sullivan, Osterville, Ma. They run beautifully and provided me alot of enjoyment in building. Paul
     

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    Hmmmmmm;
    If woodwork is not your strong skill, I'd LOVE to posess your weak ones!
    Pee-Tah is 'umble.
     
  13. John Hubby

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    Peter, I see your clock has a time-only movement. Could you post photos of the back plate and serial number for documentation purposes? I don't have many T/O GB's in my database and this would be a nice addition.
     
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    Thanks for mentioning that, JOHN. I'll remember to share with you all that pass thru here in the future. I also note subsidiar seconds on his. I find that not too common on 1 wts. of any ilk.
     
  15. leeinv66

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    Not a problem John, currently I have three T/O Becker movements. Here is a picture of two, I will post the other one when I have a chance to get it out of its case. All three have the sub second extended pivot on the escape wheel.

    Maybe that's why they are uncommon Scottie, they are all here:)
     

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  16. R&A

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    Wow you guys have built some realy nice clocks.There is a place for old movements .Other than collecting dust on a shelf. I guess one could consider ones self being a clockmaker.Or is that taking it a bit to far in the minds of some. Owell it's still Horology and you guys have posted some pieces that are fine works of art.
     
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    Peter great job on the case. I wish i had some of your wood working skills.
    Really nice and it looks very original to my eyes.:)
     
  18. Jim DuBois

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    I am at over 200 clocks built, here are a few I like...many of my very early projects are a bit embarassing (amature novice stuff) so I won't show those....these pictured are all over 25 years old, sorry for the poor photos....and yes, most of these are informal styles, which I always favored and all of them intentionally look a bit old. i never cared to build "new clocks". I preferred to build old clocks......
     

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    I built this Girandole clock earlier this year. (I did the reverse painted glasses also)... I have subsequently donated it to the Willard Museum shop...


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    Jim: REALLY nice work....Paul
     
  21. R&A

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    Very nice .I like your work.
     
  22. R&A

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    Very nice piece and well done.
     
  23. Sam Cogley

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    Beautiful work!

    At the risk of going off topic, is there any sort of resource to track the history of those old patriotic flag/eagle designs? I have the remains of a very, very old wooden wall pocket with a decal on the front that bears a close resemblance to the eagle on the lower portion of your clock. I've been trying to find out more about it before I do any restoration work.
     
  24. R&A

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    Your right.But you could go to a post and search I guess .Good luck.
     
  25. Sooth

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    Peter: Your vienna clock is quite nice, and you should have no shame in showing it off. Sure it's not quite as elaborate as others, but it follows the traditional lines of a vienna. I would only suggest that you paint the pendulum stick black and varnish it. I think it would make it "pop" a bit more, as many were made this way. But I hjave also seen some in a matching wood tone, so the choice is yours.

    I also have a similar movement that will need a case. I haven't yet decided what I want to make for it.

    Heritage Clocks:
    No I am no machinist, though it would be a nice, and useful hobby to learn. My main skill is fine woodworking. The case is made with fairly plain jointery, but I based it on traditional (simple) jointery of the 1760's era (from the original 1760's clock that I copied). I could easily do much more elaborate work, such as the new vienna top on this clock:

    http://www.angelfire.com/me5/clockman/mbvienna.html

    I also plan to build a full sized Laterndluhr clock. Hopefully soon.

    Jim DuBois: WONDERFUL clocks. These are thr kind of clocks I'd be making if I had my own little shop. Your Kidney Dial clocks are especially nice. I also like the coffin clocks. I have collected several old movements to use in clocks like these (mostly ogee movements). You should be especially happy with your finishing techniques. The clocks do appear to have an old look to them, and I wouldn't mind hearing about what you used on them.

    I would also love to see some of your other clocks (since there are only a few of 200). Do you have an album somewhere?

    Joe:
    Words escape me. It's just such a great piece.
     
  26. Jim DuBois

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    Peter, thanks for posting the movement photos. The one with serial number 2159723 was made mid-1910, the other with serial number 159438 was made 1st quarter 1878. Is this latter movement the one in the case you made?

    Also, when you post the photos of your third T/O, please also show us a front view of the whole clock.
     
  28. Joe Hollen

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    Many thanks to all....

    Jim:

    I must say also, very nice clocks ! Many of them have a "Willard flavor" to them, and that is great to be able to reproduce that...

    Sooth:

    My compliments also to all the fine examples of craftsmanship you've shown on the message board, from cutting down a grandfather movement into a regulator movement to making your own clockhands... and of course, the woodworking... Multifaceted talent for sure ! :) Keep doing what you're doing !:)

    Joe
     
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    #29 Joe Hollen, Nov 23, 2008
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    Sam:

    Thanks very much !

    I found this Eagle on a website years ago. I was able to copy it from the site I found it on. I then transferred it 180 degrees using MS Paint. (made it a mirror image) so that when it was used as a template and painted, it would be correct. I changed quite a few things with it also like the position of the wings so that the picture would fit a Girandole glass...

    To those who might try their hand at reverse painting but be wary of even trying... I say "give it a try" !!! Your work may turn out like mine, i.e. "less than the professionals" :rolleyes: but with each one you do you'll get better and better ! Find some books on the subject also. Your first few attempts will be more than likely "less than hoped for", but keep at it! When the results come out fairly good it really gives you a sense of accomplishment ! It'll also make you realize just how talented people like John Ritto Penniman, Charles Bullard, etc. were (Two reverse glass artists who painted Willard Clock tablets)...and of course the modern day masters like the Mobergs, Linda Abrams, etc...

    Joe
     
  30. leeinv66

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    Not a problem John, I am happy to be able to make a small contribution to your research. Yes, the older movement is the one in the case I made. The other is yet to find a home. I have posted pictures of the third movement in the Clocks section, under "Post Your Gustav Becker clocks here".
     
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    Jim,

    I like that little OG... it looks familiar. ;)

    Here's a link to some pictures of various steps in making a top I made a while back... after a different plan went awry. It was my first try at carving. I drew it up from the sample I had and pretty much copied the one from the clock that is shown.

    http://www.astro5.com/Temp/American/

    The target for the top is an American Electric with a killer advertising glass. It's top was missing.

    Cheers, Ralph
     
  32. Jim DuBois

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    Ralph, interesting that you might recognize the little OG:eek:I can't imagine how that would be the case at all.

    I am attaching a little restoration project I bought off an itinerate rug merchant in Chicago about 30 years ago. His initials were RF. Does the rug merchant remember this one?
    The subject project was skinned pine and it had a brass porthole bezel screwed on it.....fortunately someone had a can of 18th century patina on the shelf.....

    And a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and the family!:cool:
     

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    The rug merchant was an uninformed agent for an older gentleman. :(

    I saw a great looking primitive shelf clock at Ft Mitchell, by some obscure clockmaker from Indianapolis. I was up to my neck in some other deals or I would have gathered it in.

    Have a great Thanksgiving in Houston...!!!

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    #34 Jim DuBois, Nov 27, 2008
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    I have a buyer for all those Indianapolis made clocks. Unfortunately, it is my wife, and she seems connected to my checking account.... so it is best that she not be made aware that any clocks by that maker might be on the market. And at this rate I am going to need a larger truck to make a profit. :eek:

    Nice job on the top of the oak clock by the way...very nice! I am impressed!
     
  35. Ralph

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    I sometimes wonder what happened to the little Shaker longcase...?? .. and where it is now. The gentleman who owned the clocks (Coffin et al) also had a David Wood kidney dial.... he moved to Florida and I am sure has passed on.

    Thanks for the comment... ;)

    Only a few more hours.... and time to dig in!!

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    There are a couple I would like to get back, the little tiger maple coffin clock with the scroll top as well as the coffin clock in old red with the reversed ears are two I really like. The tiger maple one hit an auction on the east coast a few years ago, my wife bid it up to ablut 3x what I sold it for, but she finally gave up before it cost me the house.....it was nice in that I had built the movement in that one, it was a copy of an "Abbott grand piano" movement.... the last time I saw the shaker clock is was in Zionsville, but that was 5 or 6 years ago, and it is no longer there.....don't know where it went at all.....

    The red coffin clock had an English made banjo knock off movement. Much to my chagrin. It was on last word still running and in the house of a very powerful Indiana legal beagle, whom you know.....

    Those English made movements were half the price of K&P.....I think I bought 2 dozen of them and got about half of them to run reliabily....what a bargain. NOT! The pivots were unfinished, the wheels were not finished, still had remaining burrs from the cutting process, and the pinions were worse....escapements could be described technically speaking as yes, no, maybe, and not in this lifetime.....but I digress....
     
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    Starting with the chronometer bowl, I copied the box, gimbals etc from the box on the left and produced the box on the right.
    I did 90% of the work myself, the finish and some detail chiselling was done by a good friend.
    The corner joint was a particular challenge.
    (And a billion thanks to the gentleman who lent me the original)
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    That is some extremely nice work! Congratulations!
     
  39. Bob Baxter

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    Here are some pics of Vienna types I have built. Getting ready to start on a case for a E. Howard #70 movement with a 24" dial.
     

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    VERY nice, Mr. "B"!
    I also find it ironic that the topic was revived 2years exactly to the date of last entry.
     
  41. tom427cid

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    Ditto Bob,
    Very nice work
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    Here is a case that I built for the pinwheel Jewelers Regulator movement that I had. It's big, 87" tall and 25" wide.
     

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    Well, seeing this thread has found its self a new home, I better add my latest creation. Meet Slim! Slim is 26 inches high, 6 inches wide and has a 4 inch dial. I would call him a mini Vienna style bitsa:) Because he is bits of all sorts. He started life as bare movement that had no motion works and a butchered escape wheel and anchor. Scottie sent it to me to play with and after more than 12 months and several different escapement setups and case configurations, this is the final result. I need to thank Scottie for Slim's final appearance as he wouldn't let me get away with the ordinary square box that I first made:sour: In fact, Scottie even cut the the base section for me. Which is a copy from one of his real mini Viennas. Thanks Scottie:thumb::thumb::thumb: Slim is currently a three day runner without a pulley. I could make him run six days with a pulley, but that needs a weight near double his current one. With that fitted, it totally spoils the balance between the dial, weight and bob. Anyway, everything you see I either made or modified in one way or another. I never planned any part of this clock and the end result was even a surprise to me:Party:

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    Nice looking clock. Good job.
     
  45. Jeff Salmon

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    Here are some pictures of a regulator style clock I designed and built a few years ago. I had a big French clock movement with a huge 9" dial and a very heavy bezel and thick beveled glass. I made up a pendulum from another old clock. The clock is about 32" tall. I laminated and bent the sides for the case. It was a fun project and I am now building a table top regulator style clock case. The movement is a large square plate French clock that runs about 15 days on a wind.
     

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    Jeff,
    That is a BEAUTIFUL clock! Your work on the case is amazing and I really like the look of the large pendulum. Everything goes together so well.
    Nicely done,
    Allan
     

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