Idle Hands

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  1. leeinv66

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    Had nothing across my bench of interest recently, so what could I do with my idle hands? Simple grab some brass sheet, raid the parts bin and just start making. Before you know it, you end up with a movement you have no real use for :chuckling: What do you do when you get bored?

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  2. wow

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    Great work, Peter. I'm wondering about the wooden rack you have the movement mounted on. What holds the movement plates in the rack? Is there a slot? Or do you have a way of locking the boards? I might want to build one of those when I have "idle hands".
     
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    Awesome stuff, Peter.
     
  4. leeinv66

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    I built the stand for holding American T&S movements. It does have slots in the top and bottom rack. That works well with some movements, but not all. I normally have a pair of hose clamps that I tighten on the posts, but I have misplaced them somewhere. For this movement, I have just screwed through the racks into the posts. I'll get around to building version two one day:o:)
     
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    Thanks, Peter. With super moderators like you and Bang around, we can conquer the world!
     
  6. leeinv66

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    Playing a little more. It now has a dial and hands. Doesn't look too bad for something printed from my PC and glued to a piece of plywood.

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    Nice work! Now you just need a fitting case!

    Some time ago I had a nice French time only deadbeat movement in my basement where 4 teeth of the mainspring barrel were sheered off. One day I thought I just practice teeth replacement which went surprisingly well. Now I had a running movement. To give it a home I found an antique English dial clock case, with the glass missing. I managed to mount the movement to the case but the opening in the dial for the winding key didn't fit. So I ordered a fitting metal dial, signed Seth Thomas, and a glass from Timesavers. I carefully drilled a hole for the key in the correct position, and, voila, ready was my "Frankenclock". French movement, English case, American dial. But, it looks good, is a very silent ticker and keeps excellent time, within a minute a week! Of course I'm never gonna sell it and I guess it has no market value.

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    I hope you signed and dated the movement so that a hundred years from now it won't be a total mystery what it is.

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    No, but I told my kids what it is so they won't be surprised.
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    Cool beans, Peter!
    Does it keep time?:D
     
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    Geez, I forgot about that bit bangster ;) Tweaking it now as it just gained two minutes over 12 hours.
     
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    There we go, a new home for the Idle Hands movement. It's not flash, but it will do the job.

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    I like the see through case design :thumb:
     
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    Even folks who are not interested in clock repair are fascinated to see a clock working. Nice job!

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    When I was young and foolish, I decided I would build a plaxiglas house for a cuckoo clock. Watch the works in motion.
    Fortunately, I never got a round tuit.
     
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    No excuses now, Bang.

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    Thanks Will; I needed that.:mallet:
     
  18. Rockin Ronnie

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    Wandering a little off course here but if you put bolts with wing nuts through the cross pieces you can do more with the stand.

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    Nice stand Ronnie! Thanks for pointing out a solution that does indeed make this style of stand much more usable. The build of my version 2 stand has just got a kick start!
     
  20. leeinv66

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    Version 2 test stand underway. New cross rails made and just waiting till I get to the hardware store to by some bolts, washers and wingnuts before I slot them. The temporary tech screws work well and may end up permanent. We'll see.

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    When I move my operation from the kitchen table to a real "shop", that's gonna be the first thing I build. I have 2 of those aluminum stands like Timesavers sells(got the second one at a yard sale for 10 bucks), and the little b@%$tards are almost a good fit a thousand different ways, but I have yet to hang a movement from one and think "Wow that fits nicely"
     

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