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This chart makes it clear as to what length of thread to order for your clock mechanisms.
The shot shows the sizes that I use.
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Harry this reminds me of my late FIL who was a self taught woodworker with the patience of a saint. He built 33 Grandmother/Granddaughter clocks and numerous mantel clocks for family and friends. Unfortunately for me I was too busy working 60-70 hours a week to have had time to learn from his experience. My in-laws lived with us their last 10 or so years. Really great salt of the earth people. When he passed just shy of 100 by 3 months a great deal of knowledge died with him. His generation was that of either learn to do or barter, he mostly learned. I still have many clock parts and pieces he had left.
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Superb workmanship! When a person with that life-experience passes, it is likened to a library burning down. I'm just trying to figure out how to make a simple wall or desk clock!

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Harry this reminds me of my late FIL who was a self taught woodworker with the patience of a saint. He built 33 Grandmother/Granddaughter clocks and numerous mantel clocks for family and friends. Unfortunately for me I was too busy working 60-70 hours a week to have had time to learn from his experience. My in-laws lived with us their last 10 or so years. Really great salt of the earth people. When he passed just shy of 100 by 3 months a great deal of knowledge died with him. His generation was that of either learn to do or barter, he mostly learned. I still have many clock parts and pieces he had left.
I've never considered that I had the skills to make one so I bought this granddaughter clock about 30 years ago.
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And then the Granddaughter clock.....
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Looks like the same clock face but different movement. I forget where he use to get the parts. Good looking clock. And from what I've seen of your work this would be a cake walk.....
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Those huge clocks are completely imparactical these days, which helps explain their appeal. There's something stately about them, slows you down, makes you notice the passage of time, thus valuing it more.

Always puts me in mind of the grand old regulator clock in the school principal's office, with stops that set off all bells right on cue. Sitting in that office, the second hand jumped from second to second, seeming to stretch time.

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Looks like the same clock face but different movement. I forget where he use to get the parts. Good looking clock. And from what I've seen of your work this would be a cake walk.....
I'm touched by your confidence in me and whilst the guru who taught me the finer points of routing made a set of jigs to rout the "arches" even then, and I was a lot younger, I wasn't game to attempt it.

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1. My father and I were in a store once that had a back room lined with grandfather and grandmother clocks. Place burned to the ground a month later. Don't think they were antiques but some were quite elaborate.
2. My wife has the old time clock from a local business. My father bought it for $25 when they replaced it with an electronic system about 45 years ago. Her father was head of payroll and timekeeping. He would calibrate it for daylight savings, date and initial it. Sentimental value is priceless. The owner called her several years ago and offered her $700 for it. We still have it.
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One of the fanciest clocks I remember seeing was in Willimantic CT. at the Windham Town Hall. Very large and a good deal of wood. Can't remember anything else but thinking it was way too big for where it was. I can find pictures of the tower clock on the town hall but not the one inside unless maybe it was at the court house......been many years ago...over 40.
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