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Home made clock depthing tool

RJSoftware

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Hello all.

Has anyone made a clock sized depthing tool?

The usual depthing tools for sale on ebay are for watch sized gears. Much too small for clocks. On occasion I see a clock sized one but way over priced for my wallet.

Sometimes bushing location gets a little wonkey when doing repairs to previously repaired. Not complaining as it's easy to miss the mark. A good depthing tool design that I can copy would be appreciated. I have spare standard staking set that I can sacrifice runners.

Just figure someone probably has done this already. I was thinking a door hinge, but I want to avoid welding. A wood hinge with all thread is what I attempted before, I suppose I could improve it.

Just looking for a better way.

RJ
 
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RJSoftware

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Sold a while ago?
yep, quite a while, 5+ years maybe. Can't hardly recall. This has been a long over due project/quest.

A compass usually works because chances are slim bushing wear is bad on both plates. It's just that the depthing tool allows adjusting the mesh before deciding. Also it's essential for building clock/watch from spare parts.
 

Mike Phelan

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Hello all.

Has anyone made a clock sized depthing tool?

The usual depthing tools for sale on ebay are for watch sized gears. Much too small for clocks. On occasion I see a clock sized one but way over priced for my wallet.

Sometimes bushing location gets a little wonkey when doing repairs to previously repaired. Not complaining as it's easy to miss the mark. A good depthing tool design that I can copy would be appreciated. I have spare standard staking set that I can sacrifice runners.

Just figure someone probably has done this already. I was thinking a door hinge, but I want to avoid welding. A wood hinge with all thread is what I attempted before, I suppose I could improve it.

Just looking for a better way.

RJ
'Ullo RJ
Yes - I have one and use it. It was indeed made from two large hinges and works perfectly. If you are interested I can do a few pictures and post them on here. Dimensions are 4 x 8 inches.
 

Dick Feldman

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Thank you Arjay for the question.
I have been thinking for a long time how useful a depthing tool could be.
I had accumulated enough stock to build the tool but what has been said here has cinched my decision.
My concern has always been how to accurately hinge the plates and now the solution is quite evident.
Use hinges.
Best,
Dick
 
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RJSoftware

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Two great examples, my thanks to both of you.. Now If someone could give me a magic pill so I got more energy left at the end of the day. :)
 

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I don't have enough energy left to take the pill anyway :D
 
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