Clock Resurrection

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Project by Bstrom posted 09-26-2020 04:30 PM 739 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The latest clock ‘find’ is refurbished and up on the wall running. As the second addition from local antique stores, it is a bit remarkable to me these clocks can be found at this late date – and in such great condition cosmetically and mechanically. Can’t be sure what the wood is as it appears too light to be Walnut but doesn’t look like anything I’m familiar with. There is no veneer on this piece – all solid wood.

You can see the difference between its found condition and what it must have looked like new After a little TLC. I will be performing a refurb on a friend mantle clock next – his has three chime tunes to choose from!

-- Bstrom

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#1 posted 09-26-2020 11:15 PM

great save !!

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 09-26-2020 11:28 PM

A nice save! But be careful. I reached a point where I had 10 chiming clocks in my home. A lot could be said about the construction of old clock cases. Many had decorations that sat (or hooked) in place rather than glued.

This is a top piece I carved to replace one missing from an old wall clock.

-- You know, this site doesn't require woodworking skills, but you should know how to write.

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#3 posted 09-27-2020 04:08 PM

Nice work.
I too have been involved with clocks over the years. Started when I had a neighbor who collected clocks…100s of them. Early on I could not afford to buy the real antiques that I liked so I started reproducing them. There were many more suppliers of clock movements in past years than there are today so it was easy and inexpensive to get them.

What is notable is that in some of the older clock cases like yours is that were mass produced in a factory the pieces that form the wood bezel never matched well for grain pattern or color. This was especially true of the School Clocks as the sections were cut by by the 100s and just assembled regardless of the matching. So making my own I was able to match the wood and make a nicer version. Several of my reproductions are over 40 years old…on their way to becoming antiques…like me. A couple of my clocks are in my projects page.

For Phil32, You don’t have to wind the strike side of a clock movement to make it run and keep time. I only wind the strike movement on clocks I like to hear, those with nice chimes like a European regulator.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 09-27-2020 04:31 PM

Thanks for your input, Les. I have a Mahogany school/store clock that was made with unmatched pieces – bought it in 1969 and love it nonetheless. I too enjoy making new ones that overcome those economies and more mimic the clocks I can’t afford to buy. The real challenge is scoring movements with nice chiming tunes, etc. to repopulate the old cases and bring them back to their origin build. (I just put quartz units in the new ones…)

-- Bstrom

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