Waterbury Wall Clock

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Project by woodyjim posted 11-11-2009 07:32 PM 2272 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is ground zero! The first clock or major wood project I made…..almost 35 years ago. It was back in the days when I had a very limited selection of power tools. See below. It uses an antique time-only 8 day weight driven movement from the late 1800’s. The engraved weight is original with the works. At 35 years old, this complete clock is almost classified as an antique these days!!!! In my book, anything that is an antique has to be at least 100 years old. (that definition seems to change the older I get!). Made from a line drawing/engraving in an old clock book I have.

Wood: Hard pine, walnut, Engish walnut veneer, Brazilian rosewood veneer, hard maple.

Tools: Back in those days all I had was a Craftsman hand drill, an old bench-top drlll press and joiner, an antique Craftsman hand-feed thickness planer, a 1/4” Craftsman router with no carbide bits (!), some hand saws, planes & chisels, and a very old 5” (yes 5”!) bench top circular saw. My, how times have changed.

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#1 posted 11-11-2009 11:27 PM

Its a beautiful clock and using the older movement is a great way of saving the best of the past. Good job!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#2 posted 11-12-2009 12:07 AM

As with all the clocks I build, I use only old authentic works and try to use the exact works that model and brand of clock used. All the manufacturers labeled thier works very well and are easy to identify. I have been in the clock venue for a long time and know how to ID the correct drop and style of movement for a specific clock. Unlike those new crap quartz movements where you just cut the pendulum rod the length you want, the drop of the pendulum from the hand center is a fixed distance and cannot be changed (without making a couple of gears, which I have done).

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#3 posted 11-12-2009 01:49 AM

Beautiful clock. Your craftsmanship matches the old authentic works. Perfect!

-- John @

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#4 posted 11-12-2009 06:11 PM

Great job—Thanks


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#5 posted 11-12-2009 06:20 PM

Even your first project shows you eye for detail and great skills. very well done.


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