New Idea for a Watch Movement Dust Cover

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I thought this would be the place on the tools forum to show another tool we could use on our benches and shelves. I ordered these dust covers from S. LaRose about 16 years ago when I was getting started in clock and watch repair. They were handy, but a real pain to pick up and move over to a shelf or somewhere out of the way.

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I've tried putting a rubber band over them so I could pick the lid and base up together, but when an aged rubber band decided to break and scatter the contents on the floor, I thought there had to be a better way. I've also tried tape.

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While browsing in a thrift store, I found these and if I remember right, they were plates to put cheese on or some food item, and I thought they would make great dust covers for watch movements. The first two I got were just the glass without the base, and so I used them on the bench to cover up parts on my bench mat while I did something else. I've now collected 4 of these with the wooden base. One of them has a larger wooden tray, which is nice for putting some parts temporarily as I'm disassembling.

I thought about routing out some places to divide the parts as in the old plastic trays, but I haven't gotten that far yet. But I did decide to place the old plastic base inside for now, until I can get that done. Here's a pic with the plastic base on the wooden base:

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It just sits in there. Next pic is with the cover over it:

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Yes, these are much bigger, heavier, but I think they look classy, a bit of elegance sitting on the bench or on the shelf. They do take up more room, but an accidental bump is not going to dislodge a light plastic cover and base and scatter parts everywhere. These are much more easier to pick up, since the wooden base sits on some rubber feet. I can grasp the dome and base together and move them a lot easier, unlike the angled sides of the plastic base which is harder to grasp. Just an idea!:)..........................gary
 
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I have a couple of these on my bench. I had a glass cake cover about 11" around that was perfect for smaller clocks like French ones.
 
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You must have read my mind. Even though I didn't mention it, I,too have a large thick glass cake cover for the clock bench. Heavy, yes, but it doesn't go anywhere if I bump it! Thanks for sharing!..............................gary
 
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As Belgian, I use a special beer glas 10 cm large.
I only play with watches. I got the idea from G. Daniels who used one with a broken foot in his book.
 
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Hi,

I use these small fishing tackle boxes about 5" long, with ten compartments.

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The lids lock shut and keep everything in its own compartment.

Regards,

Graham
 

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