Restoring unusual Tall Clock

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  1. tom427cid

    tom427cid Registered User
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    This case came to me to be restored/reglued !!. It was in pretty sad shape. It had been reglued a couple of times before but the old glue was never cleaned off. (Ya can't glue glue!) During inspection of the case it was noted that originally the case was built in three sections. First I've seen or heard of. Second, the builder was trained in the English Style. That is to say major pieces such as waist sides,bonnet sides,base sides,and the like are very thin 3/8" or so. These pieces are thinner still,a bit over 1/16". The back and secondary wood interestingly is American Pine. And the movement is also American. One of the challenges I faced was that the joint between the waist and the base was never quite finished. The only attaching point was between the back of the waist and the back of the base. It would be nice to keep this feature if the two pieces could be securely attached to each other. More importantly it had to be consistant with the style of the original maker. It also meant removing glue blocks that were a later addition(in an attempt to stabilize the joining of the two pieces).
    Here are some pics of some of the high lights of the restoration. Also I had to replicate missing banding on the base. To give one the idea of the size of things the black and white pieces are .050 x .100" and the finished width of eight layers is .420" about 7/16".

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    gleber Registered User

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    Nice restoration Tom!

    Tom
     
  3. Sooth

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    Nice job as usual!
     
  4. klokwiz

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    Tom, very nicely done. Would you mind telling how many man hours this took? Joe.
     
  5. klokwiz

    klokwiz Registered User
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    Tom,

    In re-reading your post I was wondering do you mean that the three sections were made to be easily separated say for moving? or were they just built separately and then permanently joined to each other? Joe.
     

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