School house clock

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Project by Mark posted 02-10-2014 12:01 AM 1230 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built a school house clock for Mrs.Smokies birthday. I used the works from Lee Valley and the planes from an old Woodsmith magazine. This proved to be not such a good idea as the works in the 2 different are…different. I knew nothing about clocks when I started ie center pin length, so it was a definite learning curve. My thanks to Dustynut2 for some well needed advice. In the 3rd pic I’m using an old Craftsman router with the circle cutting jig. After the first circle was cut I made a new jig for my Rigid plunge router. Way more gooder. The clock was built with solid oak, finished with a commercial kinda Teak stain and 2 coats of water borne satin varnish.
Thanks fer lookin’.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 02-10-2014 12:26 AM

Nice work I remember my Grandfather had a clock he made on the wall for many years but nobody seems to know what happened to after he died.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#2 posted 02-10-2014 09:36 PM

It came out very nice.
I’m old school in that I prefer a wind up clock mechanism in my clocks. I have made at least a dozen School type clocks in various sizes and various pendulum box lengths and styles. Strangely none of them are pictured in my projects….just a couple of weighted European regulator style weighted movement wall clocks. I guess I should add a couple more clocks to the projects page. Some people don’t like to wind the clock every week but there is actually a school clock movement made w/ calendar hand that only needs to be wound once a month. There are also some that go 14 days.

I see you opted for a wooden overlaid bezel holding the glass instead of the brass bezel and pan show in the original Woodsmith plans. The brass bezels are available in a variety of sizes, with and with out the dial pan. They take a standard paper dial. That also solves some of your hand shaft length problem because the dial pan is usually inset about 5/8”. Other things to watch for is whether the pendulum is front or back mounted on the movement. Front hung pendulums can cause a clearance problem inside the case but rear hung are not as visible from the outside. Some movements also can mount either from the front plate or the rear plate. Rear plate mounts are easier to shim up if the case is too deep. Some movements allow you to move the mounting brackets to either front or back of the movement.

Another source of clock parts is Merritt’s Antiques. Their web site is a little hard to navigate but they have a lot of clock movements and parts and you can get their catalogue.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 02-10-2014 11:34 PM

Thanks for the tips Les. It definitely was a learning curve that picked up just about every point you made. :) I would have like to go with a wind up as I have a Grandfather clock (made by My dad) that has real works. Far superior. IMHO. But the first one was built on the cheap and I wanted to get it done with out having to wait for a delivery. Next time.

-- Mark

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