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Home made clocks in my house

dickstorer

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There must be, out there in clockland, others who enjoy making cases for orphan movements. I want to see your work so I can get better.

These were made by me.



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Hi, Dick. This sounds like a great topic, but it seems that your photos might not have made it to the thread. Could you check, as I'm sure others would like to see your craftsmanship, too.
 
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Beautiful work, Dick, and a great way to ensure some old movements have a place to "live". Thank you for loading the pictures.
 

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Here are some replicas I have made. The country banjo is a copy of a George Brewster original, the conventional banjo is a copy of a Samual Abbott grand piano movement, and the coffin clock has a t bridge Willard school banjo movement. All three clocks are aged so as not to look new. An approach I have used for many years. I don't like clocks that look new, even if they are.

The last photo is of the original George Brewster, one of one. I built mine using only a photo in Distin and Bishop's book, long before better information and photos surfaced. Came fairly close to the original I think.

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Very nice Jim. What kind of wood in the George Brewster look alike?

And I am curious about the "grand piano" movement.
The wood is cherry. Grand piano movements by Abbott are called that due to their plate shape. They are more commonly found in mirror clocks, but I have had one or two in banjo cases. Notice the special keystone seen in a few examples.

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Ive never made my own, but when i seen this mission style clock, i have to give it a try. Im getting the wood ordered in a couple days, and its going to be made out of black walnut.

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I am not really a case maker, but I posted a couple of pictures of my GF on another thread and it was suggested I repost on this thread. This is the only case I have made and it took many years to complete. I did not work on it continually. My idea was to make a case that did not say "kit". It is walnut with an Urgos movement. The best feature is the hood that exposes the whole movement. I had no "plan" other than what the inside dimensions had to be and a great spot in our Queen Anne painted lady for a GF.

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I am not really a case maker, but I posted a couple of pictures of my GF on another thread and it was suggested I repost on this thread. This is the only case I have made and it took many years to complete. I did not work on it continually. My idea was to make a case that did not say "kit". It is walnut with an Urgos movement. The best feature is the hood that exposes the whole movement. I had no "plan" other than what the inside dimensions had to be and a great spot in our Queen Anne painted lady for a GF.

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Goodwork
 

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I like this and it should be a separate forum so people that make, repurpose and stitch together movements, cases and home made cases can swap information on how they did it and why?
I built a House/Yard Clock just because I had the bits to do it and could find no other way to use the bits, I bought the old Shop Clock that was apparently outside a Funeral Home for many years and it was cheap, only $250.00aud, I Scrounged the Pole for free from a construction site and it weighs way over 100kg (over 220lb) I had to use an engine hoist to mount it on about 5 bags of concrete mix in a hole I dug out with a post hole digger.
The clock got powder coated to match the pole and the movements in the clock were restored by me and they were reverse polarity switching, I bought a controller from the UK for around $300.00 and I run it off a motorcycle battery recharged constantly by a solar panel, the only maintenance I need to do is to adjust it every 6 months or so when it slowly gets out of sync. Water incursion is a problem I can't completely fix and it is allowed to run down the pole inside.
So I guess I have joined the psychologically unstable community of people that feel the need to provide the time from their front yard, I just enjoy repurposing stuff that would otherwise just languish in the garage, I actually tried to sell the clock before I did this and was so disappointed with the offers I received I thought "Damn it Janet! I'll use it"
You could call it The Frankenstein Forum. You could even get "T" Shirts with Frankensteiners on it, for those that use broken, damaged, unloved or otherwise useless parts of clocks to build another one.

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Lou King

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I am not really a case maker, but I posted a couple of pictures of my GF on another thread and it was suggested I repost on this thread. This is the only case I have made and it took many years to complete. I did not work on it continually. My idea was to make a case that did not say "kit". It is walnut with an Urgos movement. The best feature is the hood that exposes the whole movement. I had no "plan" other than what the inside dimensions had to be and a great spot in our Queen Anne painted lady for a GF.

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Hi Carl. I have a similar clock, do you know how to clean the silver & gold tarnish from the dial area? Thank you.
 

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Very nice Tom! You have way more patience and woodworking skill than I do!
 

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