I finally received my shipment from Rockler. I opened up the packaging for one set of the AA powered quartz movement w/ pendulum and one package of the hands that I had selected. I assembled them and hung them on the wall. It took me a second (literally) to realize that the second hand was moving backwards. Also, the pendulum wouldn’t keep swinging. The hands also kept coming off the drive shaft. I reassembled after verifying the diagram on the back of the packaging. Still unacceptable. I even looked and the stuff was made in the USA. BTW, Woodcraft sells the same brand, so I’m not slamming Rockler. Am I doing something wrong?
There’s no way I can invest any time or wood on a movement that is that questionable. I looked into mechanical movements, but they’re out of our price range. As a result, I’m having to rethink the wedding present situation entirely. I’ve gone through my Stickley catalog and have some ideas (i.e. picture frames, mirrors, coat racks, etc.). It looks like I’m going to have to invoke the one year rule. I really wanted something to be able to put on the gift table. Sigh…
I do really want to build this project. I think it’ll look phenomenal with our other furnishings. I’m going to save up for one of these from Klockit.com:
-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails