Grandmother clock

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Project by sparky52tx posted 02-09-2014 11:24 PM 1679 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Grandmother clock was a lucky find. I was at an estate sale and saw this old box under a table, which turned out to be a clock kit. It was an Emperor Model 100M kit purchased in 1971 by the gentleman of the house but was never removed from the box. The movement and most of the wood was in the kit. The movement had never been out of the box and was just like new.
The glue in some of the panels had cracked, some had a little water damage so I had to rebuild some parts but the important parts (crown, turnings & moldings) were all in good shape. All black walnut.

I gave $50 for the kit. Works great.

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#1 posted 02-09-2014 11:39 PM

Great looking clock, and very nice save.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 02-10-2014 01:34 AM

great find, looks very nice

-- steve, simple and effective

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#3 posted 02-10-2014 04:04 AM

Nice looking clock! I made one similar to that out of red oak. Did you do the tuning yourself?

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#4 posted 02-10-2014 04:13 AM

That’s one of those finds of a lifetime. Nice job. Looks great.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#5 posted 02-10-2014 01:00 PM

Wow! that’s your find of the century, and a great one at that. Great looking clock.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#6 posted 02-10-2014 02:20 PM

Nice one, and good deal

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#7 posted 02-10-2014 09:45 PM

Nice fine and good job putting it together. That is the second time in about 3 month I have heard of that happening. People bought those kits and never got around to building them.
I hope you cleaned and oiled the movement. After setting that long any oil on the pivot points will have dried or gummed up and any dirt that accumulated in them will accelerate the wear. Mechanical movements need to be cleaned and oiled (with clock oil, not 3 in 1) about every 3 years or so. Clock oil is made to resist evaporation and stay in the oil wells of the gear pivots. With good maintenance mechanical movements will run for more than 50 years with no problems.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#8 posted 02-10-2014 11:10 PM

Great tips Les. The movement had never been out of the box. It was still sealed but I will get some clock oil and lube it. It is likely dried out.

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#9 posted 02-26-2014 08:23 PM

Great find, and fun build too

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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