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Discussion in 'Clock Case Restoration and Repair' started by Michael Halloran, Aug 27, 2019.
Can anyone suggest a source for the ripple moldings used on a JC Brown ripple front steeple clock?
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.
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.
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.
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.