Home made clock movement stands

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  1. Kevin W.

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    Could someone post photos of their home made clock stands.I have a few ideas, but think mine are just overly dificult to build.I would like some reasonable simple ideas.
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  2. Kevin W.

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    Could someone post photos of their home made clock stands.I have a few ideas, but think mine are just overly dificult to build.I would like some reasonable simple ideas.
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  3. MARK A. BUTTERWORTH

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    If you go to our website and click on photos, we have a stand that bolts together. OUrs will hold around 6 GF units, but works fine with any kind including cuckoo clocks. The stand is designed such that it can be as long or short as one wishes. www.butterworthclocks.com
     
  4. Great photo.
    How high should the stand be? 3-5 feet.
     
  5. David Robertson

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    Teh shop photo below shows a stand in the middle of the shop.. it has 4 sides that can be used simultaneously. It is about chest high... simple to make.

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  6. MARK A. BUTTERWORTH

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    Mine is about 5 feet tall. That gives me 4-5 days run time and it also puts the movements at about eye level (for me) on top the stand.
     
  7. Seth Thomas Fan

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    I'm a beginner, and made a test stand from scraps leftover from my son's tree house. I's very primitive looking (in fact it looks like it was made using a kids' typical tree house construction methods! :biggrin:) .

    I used two, 2x8 boards, about 11 inches long for the base, placed side by side. I then joined them together with two strips of 1/2 plywood over the top, and secured with deck screws. I attached upright 2x4's at one end (about 14 or 15 inches long) using angled steel braces (available at Wal-Mart or hardware stores) and wood screws to attach them to the base (two braces on each upright board). I then nailed a couple 1/2" plywood strips across the upright 2x4's, leaving a space between them sufficient to allow attachment points for the movement mounts, but ensuring enough space to access the clock front plate during testing. First, I drilled one hole in the top plywood strip and hung the movement using one screw. I hung the pendulum bob from the suspension, and used it as a plumb bob to determine where to drill the other top mounting hole. I didn't drill the bottom holes for the bottom movement mounts, as I didn't feel it necessary for testing. I had to shim up one side of the base to properly level the stand. It may look like it was made in Dogpatch, USA, but it works! :biggrin:

    When I get a chance, I'll post some photos.
     
  8. steve45jm

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    Hi David.
    I've read that if you hang two pendulum clocks close together on the same wall that, eventually,assuming similar BPH, the pendulums will synchronize. I'm just curious about your stand. Have you ever had four clocks on the stand at a time and, if so, have you noticed anything re. the synchronization of the pendulums?

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  9. Kevin W.

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    Steven, i have 2 cuckoos on the same wall, side by side, they both will snychronize the pendulum movements as they run a while.
    All great clock test stand ideas, i thank you all.
     
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    The phenomenon referred to is sympathic vibration and can indeed occur. It's chances are decreased if the stand is bolted to something solid like the wall. The same thing can occur BTW when the weights reach the level of the pendulum bob.
     
  11. What do you use to clamp the movement to the frame?
     
  12. MARK A. BUTTERWORTH

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    In our case, we don't bolt the movements down; the weights themselves provide the stability we need. If we were working with antiques it would be a different issue in my mind, but we are simply testing out our own stuff. Having said that, partly becasue the rack is secured against the wall, we have not had any failures. The ingenous parts of our rack are the wooden cross members that go front to back and are completely adjustable as they are dadoed out on the edges so they slide sideways but not front to back. As a result, they are adjustable to any size movement. One can also put the movement on its seatboard on these cross members. That would easily be bolted down.


    I should give credit to a friend, Bud Hulesberg who designed it for us, shipped us the parts pre made and we bolted it together.
     
  13. Thanks a million.
     
  14. Seth Thomas Fan

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    For a hobbyist on a tight budget, who only works on an occasional clock, I made this stand from scrap materials that my son gave me from a tree house he built in our back yard; plain and ugly, but sturdy. I used 2x8's for the base, 2x4's for the uprights, and 1/2 inch plywood cross pieces:

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    You can see the stethoscope (taken from a discarded blood pressure tester) that I use to evaluate and set beat. The vertical and horizontal members are held in place by steel angle brackets, as you can see.

    The movement in the stand is a Seth Thomas no. 89-I, that I just cleaned and got running today.

    Here's the rear view:

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    In the foreground I've laid out some of my essential tools, all very affordably priced or home-made: (l>r): pivot locater, crocus cloth polisher made from popsicle sticks, let-down tool made from broomstick and key, no. 600 grit polisher again made from popsicle sticks , mainspring clamps made from 18 ga. wire, assembly stand (4 inch plastic pipe coupling, ca. 5 inch outer diam.), spring winder. The pivot locater is from Timesavers and is a very stout, sturdy one. I had to push hard against clamped mainsprings to get the winding arbors into the rear plate, and it was up to the task. The spring winder is also from Timesavers and did a superb job.
     
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    Something to test cuckoos on, made from a wooden wine box and two strips of metal. Im making A new one I will send pictures soon. #1#2#3#4#5#6
     
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    When I first seen them pictures, I wondered "how does he keep it from sliding down them metal strips and falling off?"

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    Sorry, I didnt turn the pitures. Thats funny.
     
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    Thanks guys for the great ideas, i just got to this thread today and it is quite educational. :)
     
  21. Danimal

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    My Father-in-Law ran out of space in his home shop once and used two jumbo laundry detergent boxes placed over the leaf opening in his dining room table to hold a grandfather movement. I chuckled when I saw it, but it was surprisingly steady and worked like a charm.
     
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    Makes for a real conversation piece while eating Sunday dinner also..!! :)

    David
     
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    I have a large wooden movement holder, but as I have limited space on my bench, I often attach my assembly posts to the bottom of the front and back plates and suspend mantel clock movements over an old plastic lunch box. This lets me test the movement on any flat surface (most often on a coffee table next to my reclining lounge chair):biggrin:

    Cheers
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    I very seldom work on grandfather clock movements so when I need to I place the seatboard on the hinges of a step ladder and shim it for level!
     
  25. bangster

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    Here's another one...
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    ...necessity being the momma of invention, and all that. Yes, those are assembly legs.

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  26. harold bain

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    Yep, Bang, now that Frank Zappa is dead, necessity is once again the mother of invention. What was that wood from, a fireplace bellows? The fireplace bellows club will not be impressed :biggrin:
    Harold
     

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