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Interesting, I do have welding equipment Ralph but sadly it is a mig welder so a tad too heavy duty for this sort of thing!I’ve repaired a number of hands, gas welding. It’s not for everyone, but works,, and you can reblue the hand afterwards.
Gas welding lends itself nicely to repairing racks, bell stands, even arbors, …and most other steel components of antique clock movements.
It is usual to have the hour tapered like that in earlier clocks. You don't tough the hour, the minute hand is the one used to change the time so that has to be strong enough to be turned with a finger.Interesting, I do have welding equipment Ralph but sadly it is a mig welder so a tad too heavy duty for this sort of thing!
My concern is the way this has broken, the 3 points are so thin and fragile. I find it slightly bizarre that the minute hand is a fine sturdy construction yet the hour hand is less than 1mm thick….weird!
Ah ok, that makes sense. I wonder if perhaps it isn’t original in that case. I had a look on eBay to see if there might be a suitable replacement but there seemed to be none with a similar size or shape mounting hole.It is usual to have the hour tapered like that in earlier clocks. You don't tough the hour, the minute hand is the one used to change the time so that has to be strong enough to be turned with a finger.
There are specialists in the UK who can make a new hand for you with the old one as a pattern. I had one made but I do not have contact details now (too long ago).Afternoon all, I have a slight spanner in the works. My hour hand has snapped It happened when I was trying to shine it up a bit for blueing.
by the looks of things it has been repaired in the past but it is incredibly thin. The points it has broken at this time, I doubt very much there is the possibility of soldering.
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What are my options here….I doubt soldering is possible tbh….I had considered loctite and paint Matt black forgetting about blueing.
Or someone mentioned a company that could laser cut a replacement?
I’m glad you have enjoyed the thread so far! I’m sure it probably isn’t finished yet either lol…hope it will help others as it has been a steep learning curve for meReally enjoying read this. I am in a similar position with a similar clock, i have dismantled, cleaned and reassembled the movement. It is sitting on a test stand, ticking away, while I adjust the pendulum.
I am awaiting a repair to one of the pieces of the front works before reassembling that section.
Just a passing observation, but many of the laser-cut hands available stateside are cut in mild steel and are quite easily bent up. I reaffirmed that on a set I had fit up to a tall clock on hand just last week. Just moving the minute hand to the correct time and the hand bent at one of its turns. In years past I had them cut in spring steel and I still hand cut some fair number in spring steel myself. But, my laser fellow has retired, and cutting them in the tough stock by manual processes is not all that much fun.
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Thanks guys, I spoke with Andrew Firth a few weeks ago and I’m sending him the hand to see what can be done. Just not time to get it posted yet but hopefully it’ll be on its way next weekThe hands would originally have been wrought iron so I don't see the problem in making them from mild steel, especially given the amount of hand finishing required for earlier hands.
Hi Ragobo, thank you so much for the comments! The guys here have been amazing…a wealth of knowledge and I couldn’t have done it without them…hats definitely off!Hi Snorty, just stumbled today with your 6 pages post and read it entirely. I take my hat off to you and all the people that supported you here with counsel. You did a great job!