Brass Stringing

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  1. bclare

    bclare New Member

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    I am constructing a longcase clock and I am wondering if anyone knows how brass stinging was originally fixed to fluted columns.Cheers,Bill.
     
  2. tom427cid

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    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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  3. upstateny

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    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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    I'd drill and solder brass wire into the rods at 2 or 3 places and make them into tacks.
     
  5. upstateny

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    That would also work, good idea!
     
  6. bclare

    bclare New Member

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    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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    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.
     
  8. bclare

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    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.
     
  9. Bill Ward

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    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.
     
  10. david friedman

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    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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