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Seth Thomas #4....How to display?

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Lets just say I has a tower clock in my attic (Seth Thomas #4, s/n 506). Colder months are approaching. A perfect time to bring that project into the shop and restore it. And lets just say that if I did...how would I display it?

I know that Seth Thomas had pedestals (older and newer). Beautiful for display; however, mounted on one of these pedestals would require cutting a hole in the floor to have it run more that one day. I have been considering multiple pulleys to shorten the drop required. I have two and could add more. I have the weights (150+ lbs.).

I don't have a dial and will use the movement dial to indicate time.

I am believing that some of the Tower Clock owners has a suggested solutions I should consider. Please give me some ideas!

In the mean time, I will start bringing down all the parts I have and begin the restoration planning.
 

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Good suggestion Frank!

I have just begun laying the parts out to begin measuring...need to make sure the pendulum will be clear of the floor. Also, I am considering what compounding will necessary to have it require winding daily plus some. After that, I will have an idea of how tall and how strong the stand will need to be.

Frank
 

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How much weight does the clock need to run? Keep in mind, the more you compound, the heavier the weight needs to be.

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I have been looking through my notes and publications. Somewhere I thought I read that a Seth Thomas No. 4 requires 35 pounds. I will continue to look but I think that is about right.

With a 4 foot pendulum, I figure that I will have four feet (plus or minus) of drop from the winding drum. Seth Thomas advertised the clock as being 55 inches tall. Not sure is that is on a pedestal or not. I guess that is close (48" +7" = 55")

I have been reviewing Donn Haven Lathrop's "Tower Clocks: Weights, Weight Lines and Pulleys" as a guide to begin figuring this out. Once I have the movement down from the attic and apart, I will know the circumference of the winding drum. Then the math begins.
 

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How much weight does the clock need to run? Keep in mind, the more you compound, the heavier the weight needs to be.

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My #4 was driven by a single compound weight with a eight day -- eight foot drop IMG_1127.JPG
 

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