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Project by LesB posted 02-10-2014 11:05 PM 1648 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I haven’t posted for a while so I though I would add a couple of clocks that I made in the past. These were not kits but were made from raw lumber and I worked from my own drawings and details taken from real antiques clocks. My neighbor was a clock collector.

The 1st clock is called an Rail Road Regulator made in traditional Oak. It too has a 12” dial. I made it about 15 years ago, for myself, mainly because I had not made one like it.

I made the oak School clock 30+ years ago as a Xmas gift for what was my significant other who became my wife. It has a 12” dial and a key wound movement with calendar hand. It runs for a whole month on one winding. I have made at least a dozen school clocks over the years of all sizes from 6” dials up and pendulum lengths up to 24”. Most were gifts.

The 3rd clock is a copy of an antique Seth Thomas #2 regulator that I made about 35 years ago. It has a 12” dial and is weight driven, time only movement. While this is about the simplest mechanical movement you can put in a clock the original one stopped running after about 10 years and several very experienced clock people could not get it to run again so I had to replace it. This movement is very hard to find. An interesting element of this clock is the second hand. It goes around about every 45 seconds not every 60. It is extremely accurate although it’s time keeping slows or speeds up slightly with the seasons. It is on an outside wall so I think it is the temprature.. Considering that one second off every hour amounts to a little over 2 minutes a week. This clock is never off more than a half minute a week or 2 minutes a month.
The Seth Thomas #2 (there were several models) and the Rail Road regulator were the type usually seen in old railroad depots.

Have you ever noticed? The wind blows and you wind a clock.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#1 posted 02-11-2014 01:58 AM

Wow Les,
Those are great. Good stories behind them too.
I really like that third one.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 02-11-2014 05:29 AM

Very Nice Project Indeed! Thanks For Sharing.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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