Wood plate cuckoo movement

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  1. akadave

    akadave Registered User

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    ...So I picked up an old Cuckoo clock with a wood plate movement. It appears to be in great shape just very dirty, even has cob webs in it!:p

    Since I dont believe there are is anyone here locally in Anchorage Alaska that work on these things Im going to have to disassemble and clean this myself. I have disassembled and tinkered with brass plate movements but this is a different animal. Any suggestions or gotchas that anyone can helpe me with would be appreciated.

    Thanks

    Dave
     
  2. Jeremy Woodoff

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    The plates are opened by removing a pin at the top of each of the two removable strip backplates. The pin enters the plate at an angle and extends into the top plate. Once the pin is removed, the top of the strip plate can be eased outward.

    The pivot holes are brass bushed and can be cleaned with pegwood or toothpicks moistened with a solvent such as alcohol. They are very thin and often not visible through the dirt.
     
  3. akadave

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    Thanks Jeremy,

    I will be doing photos of the process just for re-assembly purposes.
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    One of the things that I noticed is that one of the bellows tubes has a strip of wood glued the the whistle. This makes it sound kind of odd. Im not sure why they whould have done that. This will probably be the hardest thing to correct.
     
  4. akadave

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    Re: Wood plate cuckoo movement w/pics

    Here are the pics of the movement before I begin to disassemble. I believe it will need new bushings. I should just have this serviced by someone who can do the bushings. Notice the wood shim on the left tube.

    http://home.gci.net/~drbrown/Woodplate01.JPGhttp://home.gci.net/~drbrown/Woodplate02.JPG
    http://home.gci.net/~drbrown/Woodplate03.JPGhttp://home.gci.net/~drbrown/Woodplate04.JPG
    http://home.gci.net/~drbrown/Woodplate05.JPGhttp://home.gci.net/~drbrown/Woodplate06.JPG
    http://home.gci.net/~drbrown/Woodplate07.JPG
     
  5. Kevin W.

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    Neat movement Dave, very similar in construction like a wag.
     
  6. akadave

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    Its a beaut alright. The bird is wrong but I can replace that. I would like to get it back into action but I dont think I want to practice on this one. Is there anyone around that works on the woodplate cuckoo movements?
     
  7. RJSoftware

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    You know, before you get carried away with doing the bushings, you should clean it up, reassemble and see how well it runs.

    Sometimes a little slop in the bushings is not too bad a thing.

    Another thing to consider is that the brass bushings is a piece of flat rolled up brass.

    So,,, reducing slop could be as simple as placing a small crimp in the rolled up tubing or make the roll a little smaller.

    That is one beautiful wood movement you have. Very old...!

    I'd go as conservatively as possible. Less is better.

    I don't see the extra wood shim on the bellow your talking about. Most cuckoo tubes have the extra piece of wood at top that constricts the air flow. That is the whistle part.

    RJ
     
  8. Kevin W.

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    #8 Kevin W., Feb 20, 2011
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    I think too you will find the bushings on these are very deep, long.Mine are on my wags.I did not rebush mine and it ran well with good power all through the movement.These movements were built to run a long time.I dont know who to recommend who works on these.

    Dave one more thing, your movement looks quite clean to the ones i have bought.
     
  9. akadave

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    Thanks for the help.

    The piece of wood on the tube I was referring to is the light colored square at the opening of the left tube. Definitely added later and when I activate the bellows, which seems to be in good order, it makes a sound as though its an adolescent cuckoo going through puberty (sorry for the analogy Lol!) kind of squeaks at the end.

    Get a load of the case it was in...

    http://home.gci.net/~drbrown/Clockcase.JPG
     
  10. Kevin W.

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    Nice case and pendulum.There is a vast difference in how the cuckoo will sound.I liked one i saw which was a shelf cuckoo.
    Yours is quite nice as well.
     
  11. harold bain

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  12. akadave

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    The case looks like at some point somebody put a clear coat of something on it. I was toying with the idea of stripping that off but I would have to redo the entire stain as well. Im sure it could be done though.
     
  13. ticktock19852004

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    Hello!

    Harold, thanks for mentioning me. Truly appreciated. The movement does need some help. This is a nice round top cuckoo clock.

    Thanks!

    Neal
     

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