Joe Collins Spring Winder Plans

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  1. bangster

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    #1 bangster, Apr 8, 2015
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    I approached Joe about posting the plans for his winder directly on the MB, and he gave enthusiastic approval. Quoth he: "It will make me Happy to have them on the board." I've compiled them into four downloadable 8x10 pdf files, for printing. The fifth file has them all on a single 8x10 file; but printed out, most of it would be too small to read. At his request, I'm including a link to his video tutorial on Youtube. The video was made with an early model of the winder that had no brake. Enjoy. :thumb: --bangster


    View attachment Joe's Plans page 1.pdf View attachment Joe's Plans page 2.pdf View attachment Joe's Plans page 3.pdf View attachment Joe's Plans page 4a.pdf View attachment Joe's Plans on One Page.pdf

    Joe's Tutorial Video (click it)



     
  2. bangster

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    Hey Joe...
    Thanks for inventing this winder. And thanks for passing it along. It's excellent in itself, but it also provides a groundwork for inventive horologers to modify for their own purposes. You're the father of this basic design, and many will continue to love you for it.

    Accept the thanks of everybody who will ever make use of these plans.:coolsign: :thumb:

    bangster
     
  3. David S

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    Awesome Joe thank you. I have used it for about 4 years now. Being made of wood it is easy to modify, enhance, replace what ever. It would be interesting to know how many members have used your plans.

    David
     
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    I would Like to say a Big Thank You to Joe,for allowing this to be Posted,and to Bangster,for Posting It,Awesome
     
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    Ditto on that. I plan to make one real soon. Thanks Joe for sharing.
     
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    #6 leeinv66, Apr 11, 2015
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    I am lucky enough to have a set of hand drawn plans Joe sent me back in 2006 and also his 2005 tutorial CD on how to use the winder. 9 years on and my Joe Collins winder is still working a treat. Thanks Joe!!!!!
     
  7. AndyDWA

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    As a newcomer to the hobby, one of my biggest concerns has been my inability to service mainsprings. Joe's winder changed that.

    I do not consider myself a woodworker and I do not have the sort of powered workshop tools, like bench saws, drill presses and lathes, that some might take for granted. Yet I made a functional winder using quick-grip clamps, square, tenon saw, power drill and sandpaper. I was amazed when I wound my first spring, and my winder didn't collapse :)

    The most difficult parts for me were finding something to make a suitable mainshaft and getting my hands on an affordable t-handle wrench. But the actual manufacture just took observation, care and time. After servicing just two springs, I am already making modifications and considering others.

    Thanks Joe.
     
  8. bangster

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    #8 bangster, Apr 30, 2015
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    For a few variations on the Joe Collins design, check out THIS THREAD. :thumb:

    HERE'
    s another interesting thread.

    And HERE's yet another.
     
  9. Roger007

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    Hi Joe this is groovy cant wait to get going on making this
     
  10. crossie

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    Hello Joe, I am in the process of making a mainspring winder,but cannot find after many attempts a chuck the same that you use on your mainspring winder,
    I would be most grateful if you could tell me where you obtained it.
    I am making a pattern shown on utube it uses a brass barrel clamp, again I cannot find it in the u.k. Do you know where I might get it.
    I have it made up and just need those two items to finish the job.
    Your winder is very good,now I have the pattern I will make yours next.
    Best regards Geoff Cross. (crossie)
     
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    Thank you Joe for allowing it to be shared on this mb, i use mine.:p
     
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    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, Calibri, Geneva, sans-serif]Joe [/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, Calibri, Geneva, sans-serif]Ihave tried to download the files with out any success. Any help wouldbe appreciated and be used to learn and grow in the repair of clocks.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, Calibri, Geneva, sans-serif]Nelson[/FONT]
     
  13. bangster

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    What happens when you click on the picture?

    bangster
     
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    Joe
    Thanks for replying to my post. When I click on the pics it starts to redirect and just times out before it does anything. Any help would be more than appreciated.
    nel2lar (AT) yahoo (DOT) com
     
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    The pictures are actually PDF files. Do you have a PDF viewer program on your PC? If not, you will need to down load something like this: Click Here
     
  16. TJ Cornish

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    Adobe Acrobat is notoriously finicky. Try right clicking on each picture and choosing "Save Target As", then save them to your computer and try opening them directly, not through the browser.
     
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    Well, I guess I had better get brave & try to make a winder like you invented Joe.
    Thanks for allowing us to copy your invention & thanks to bangster for posting it on here.
    Ron
     
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    I'd like to thank Joe Collins for his plans, and also everyone on this forum for sharing their ideas. I'd also like to encourage anyone who doubts they have the ability to make a success of it, to give it a go. I lack the tools and skills to make a nice job of this sort of project, but produced a functional winder, which I used for the first time today.

    IMG_20161123_152044901_HDR.jpg

    As you can see from the picture it is made mostly from old scraps of wood and 15mm copper domestic water pipe. For the spring clamp I've used an old hole saw which was part of a cheap set of 4 different sizes. I filed the teeth to take the sharp edges off.

    I had to purchase the T bar tap wrench (for M3 to M6), the two long M6 bolts and wing nuts, and "jubilee" hose clips, totalling around five pounds. For a temporary spring hook I passed a long screw driver through and clamped it with the workbench.

    The way I clamped the wrench to the pipe makes the spring clamp access difficult, but now I've proven to myself I can make something that works, I'll be tidying it up, sorting out the brake, spring hook etc.

    I wouldn't have done it without your generous sharing of ideas and experience, thanks again.

    Tim.
     
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    HI Tim, Nice going. It is always more rewarding when you can re-purpose stuff and keep costs down.

    Also looks like you have it on a Workmate. We used to make them at my plant here in Brockville.

    David
     
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    Congrats! As time goes on, you'll have it looking dang near professional! :coolsign:
     
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    Dear Joe.

    Thanks for the draws. It will be very usable to me.

    :chuckling:
     
  22. FrontMan

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    Joe and Bangster, thanks so much for the winder plans. I downloaded them five minutes ago, and will get started on the construction tomorrow! Time is the enemy, but clocks are friends.
    Best Wishes,
    Paul
     
  23. Adam Gauthier

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    Joe,

    Thank you for posting this, I have been looking at old patents from the 1800's to find a way to make one. Now if I can find plans for a bushing tool!

    Best,

    Adam
     
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