ripple front moldings

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  1. Michael Halloran

    Michael Halloran Registered User
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    Jun 21, 2010
    Can anyone suggest a source for the ripple moldings used on a JC Brown ripple front steeple clock?
  2. Joseph Bautsch

    Joseph Bautsch Registered User
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    Dec 9, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
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    Welcome to the message board. Post some photos so we can see what you are looking for. Finding the exact molding will be very difficult if not impossible. Most of the time you leave it as is or find one that is a reasonable facsimile.
  3. tracerjack

    tracerjack Registered User
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    #3 tracerjack, Aug 30, 2019
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2019
    Looked up jc brown steeple ripple, and I don’t think you’ll find a source for that moulding. Beautiful stuff that I have never seen commercially. In the archives, Irwin Rosen recreated a machine to carve the ripple moulding, but I see he passed away in 2010. You may just have to carve it yourself or find a carver.
  4. PatH

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    Dec 5, 2014
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    Not that it's an ideal solution, but can you create a mold, then cast a piece from some of the existing molding? If you're good with stains, I've seen some good replicas of missing wooden pieces.
  5. Sooth

    Sooth Registered User
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    Feb 19, 2005
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    At this point you have a few options:

    1: find old stock
    2: get someone to CNC mill some to your spefifications ($$$)
    3: build a Moxon waving engine (a ripple moulding machine) and have a custom cutter made to the design you need. There are plans online available (loose plans) for a waving engine. It can be made from wood and a few parts, but this will be a time consuming effort. I had plans to build one, but never got the time to work on it.
  6. JimmyOz

    JimmyOz Registered User

    Feb 21, 2008
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    As PatH suggested, make a moulding of what you have, I have done this to get carved faces and other stuff when I could not find originals.

    Here is how I did it, take off the moulding from the clock, make a ply box suitable to fit the moulding inside it, I used car bog (not sure of the right name for it however the stuff they use to fill holes and dents before spraying) fill the box with the bog and oil the moulding, press the moulding into it and leave till the bog is set, the moulding should come out easy. There is a product called Plastibond, this can be coloured with wood stain and can be sanded, oil the bog mould with a brush, mix the coloured Plastibond with the hardener and put it into the mould, let it set. Sand the back flat before taking it out of the mould. After you take out the Plastibond moulding there maybe a few small air holes in it just mix some more to fill these if needed. Just be careful when sanding off excess, and polish it before attaching to the clock.

    Not ideal however better than a missing piece that is nearly impossible to find
  7. senhalls

    senhalls Registered User

    Apr 4, 2006
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