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can anyone help me in acquiring bushings for a wooden geared clock with metal pivots. I have read that brass bushings are not the way to go so I would like similar bushings out of wood or another suitable material. thanks
 

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can anyone help me in acquiring bushings for a wooden geared clock with metal pivots. I have read that brass bushings are not the way to go so I would like similar bushings out of wood or another suitable material. thanks

Brass bushings were used By a few makers, so if the clock was ORIGINALLY bushed with brass, and you want to keep it original, then brass would be appropriate. Brass bushings need oil - wood does not. Brass often corrodes in wood. We see wooden clocks with wood pivot holes (no bushings) that are still running after almost 200 years, perhaps longer.

I am not aware of a source of ready made bushings for wooden plates. I believe most people make their own. I prefer to make mine from Delrin-AF rod. The "purerist" usually use a plug cutter, available at better hardware stores, to cut a wood plug to make a wooden bushing. There have been a number of discussions here about bushing wooden movements if you use the search option.

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I generally use wooden plugs, cut from scrap wooden movement clock plates, and stay away from plastic. Hardware store plug cutters are generally useless. I've spent a bit too much money on plug cutters from Fuller-

http://www.wlfuller.com/html/plug_cutters.html


Spend the money once, keep the cutters for years, never have a regret. The cutters are actually manufactured here in Rhode Island. Don't be impatient. I have cutters from 3/16" to 5/8", for those rare wooden movements whose holes have been bushed with generous quantities of brass or plastic.
 

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I generally use wooden plugs, cut from scrap wooden movement clock plates, and stay away from plastic. Hardware store plug cutters are generally useless. I've spent a bit too much money on plug cutters from Fuller-

http://www.wlfuller.com/html/plug_cutters.html


Spend the money once, keep the cutters for years, never have a regret. The cutters are actually manufactured here in Rhode Island. Don't be impatient. I have cutters from 3/16" to 5/8", for those rare wooden movements whose holes have been bushed with generous quantities of brass or plastic.
can you send me 4 3/16 inch plugs ?

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can you send me a few 3/16 inch plugs ?
 

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