Source for dial pan nails.

Discussion in 'Clock Repair' started by doc_fields, May 27, 2020.

  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  1. doc_fields

    doc_fields Registered User

    Sep 29, 2004
    1,297
    26
    48
    Male
    Clockmaker/Watchmaker
    Greentop, MO
    Country Flag:
    Region Flag:
    #1 doc_fields, May 27, 2020
    Last edited: May 27, 2020
    Years ago when first starting out in this business, I bought a small package of these nails that are used on a lot of Tambour clock cases to hold the dial pan to the case from Timesavers. I've used up all these nails now, and thought I'd order more from them. I've ordered the #18 and #16 sizes, all of which they had in bulk packs, but both of these sizes seemed like roofing nails compared to what they used to have, just way too big.

    The nail I'm looking for is just shy of 1/2", with a rounded head and a .032 diameter shank, brass plated, and with a sharp tip at the end. Can you help direct me to someone that may still have these? Thanks!....................gary

    Post Script; Come to think of it, they're just about like the nails to hold the cuckoo dials to the case also. Checked that in Timesavers under the cuckoo dials, but to no avail.
     
  2. POWERSTROKE

    POWERSTROKE Registered User

    Jan 11, 2011
    909
    64
    28
    21069 or 10540 at timesavers?
     
  3. doc_fields

    doc_fields Registered User

    Sep 29, 2004
    1,297
    26
    48
    Male
    Clockmaker/Watchmaker
    Greentop, MO
    Country Flag:
    Region Flag:
    The 10540 does not have a round head, and they're #18 size, which to me is way too big, and the 21069 is an assortment, which when you look at it closely, does not match my description and they are too long, I need 1/2" Thanks!...........................gary
     
  4. chimeclockfan

    chimeclockfan Registered User
    NAWCC Member

    Dec 21, 2006
    4,027
    211
    63
    Chime clock & gong studies.
    WI
    Country Flag:
    Region Flag:
    I just use round headed tacks or brass nails from the hardware store. Works well, no problems. Don't recall the exact size but they weren't anything obscure.
     
  5. D.th.munroe

    D.th.munroe Registered User

    Feb 15, 2018
    462
    163
    43
    Male
    Full time clock and watchmaker
    BC Canada
    Country Flag:
    Region Flag:
    I thought you could get escutcheon pins that thin, I have some but the smallest I've been able to find online were 1/4" 3/8" and 1/2" but 18 gauge so .05?
     
  6. bangster

    bangster Moderator
    NAWCC Member

    Jan 1, 2005
    19,695
    406
    83
    utah
    Country Flag:
    Region Flag:
    Check out Micro-Mark and Amazon. Google "tiny nails".
     
    doc_fields likes this.
  7. doc_fields

    doc_fields Registered User

    Sep 29, 2004
    1,297
    26
    48
    Male
    Clockmaker/Watchmaker
    Greentop, MO
    Country Flag:
    Region Flag:
    As usual Bangster, you "hit the nail on the head" (pun intended!). I found what I wanted at MicroMark. Here's the link for others to find:

    Mini Nails, 3/8 Inch Long x .020 Inch Dia. (Pkg. of 100)

    I checked out Black Forest Imports also, they had them, but I'm not paying $29.60 for 50 of them, or $9.60 for 10. That's crazy! I'm paying $5.95 for 100 of them, more reasonable!
    Thanks again Bangster!............................gary
     
  8. shutterbug

    shutterbug Moderator
    NAWCC Member

    Oct 19, 2005
    43,153
    1,179
    113
    Male
    Self employed interpreter/clock repairer
    North Carolina
    Country Flag:
    Region Flag:
    Local hardware, usually called Brad nails.
     
  9. POWERSTROKE

    POWERSTROKE Registered User

    Jan 11, 2011
    909
    64
    28
    What would you use to hold cuckoo dials on and also cuckoo trim?
     
  10. doc_fields

    doc_fields Registered User

    Sep 29, 2004
    1,297
    26
    48
    Male
    Clockmaker/Watchmaker
    Greentop, MO
    Country Flag:
    Region Flag:
    I would use the nails I'm looking for, because the dial on cuckoo clocks uses almost universally the same as MicroMarks'. I have other nails if needed for trim and such..........................gary
     
  11. POWERSTROKE

    POWERSTROKE Registered User

    Jan 11, 2011
    909
    64
    28
    Good to know. I have two clocks here (cuckoo) that need the surrounding trim re-installed. Does anyone know the size I would need? No existing nails....
     
  12. doc_fields

    doc_fields Registered User

    Sep 29, 2004
    1,297
    26
    48
    Male
    Clockmaker/Watchmaker
    Greentop, MO
    Country Flag:
    Region Flag:
    How thick is the trim? Are the old holes still visible?
     
  13. POWERSTROKE

    POWERSTROKE Registered User

    Jan 11, 2011
    909
    64
    28
    The holes iirc are still there. I’m not at home now. I would say 3/8”
     
  14. chimeclockfan

    chimeclockfan Registered User
    NAWCC Member

    Dec 21, 2006
    4,027
    211
    63
    Chime clock & gong studies.
    WI
    Country Flag:
    Region Flag:
    Be careful that the new nails are not any larger than the old ones, else it may try to warp and split the case. As noted above, any decent hardware store should have a variety of nails which include something which will work.
     
  15. bangster

    bangster Moderator
    NAWCC Member

    Jan 1, 2005
    19,695
    406
    83
    utah
    Country Flag:
    Region Flag:
    In my part of the world, hardware stores don't carry tiny nails. Hobby shops, maybe.
     
    doc_fields likes this.

Share This Page