Arts & Crafts Mantle Clock #2: Disappointment

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Blog entry by CaptainSkully posted 11-02-2009 05:34 PM 2223 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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

Mechanical Movement

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#1 posted 11-02-2009 05:39 PM

Captain, you might take a look at They sale a lot of kits in every price range. Sorry to hear about the problem with the kit from Rockler. They do have a pretty good customer service, I would call them and explain the situation before I give up.


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#2 posted 11-02-2009 05:48 PM

I second the klockkit recommendation they have been around for a long time selling nothing but clock parts and related items.I also suggest calling Rockler they will make it right.

-- Nothing's just gets expensive

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#3 posted 11-02-2009 05:50 PM

I’m not worried about returning anything. I just wanted two, nice clocks by the end of this week. At $104 for the movement shown above, I’ll have to apply the credit I get from Rockler for both sets, and wait for my next paycheck.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#4 posted 11-02-2009 05:59 PM

Disappointing. I’m betting the battery can just be flipped to fix the rotation. I’ve seen in the past some cheap movements that would run backwards. Maybe even just sometimes fixed by removing and reinserting the battery. It’s been awhile.

Could probably find a fix for the hands falling off, but I think the biggest problem is the pendulum. Sounds like you maybe just can’t go the inexpensive route with a pendulum. Might be worth one replacement try. Maybe just got a bad egg.

BTW, I love that clock design. Enough to do one.

Any chance you could salvage a movement and pendulum from a used clock?

-- ED

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#5 posted 11-02-2009 06:27 PM

Thanks Eric. I actually thought about all of that. The clock doesn’t move with the battery in backwards. I popped it out several times. I’ve got the second set, but didn’t want to open that one too for returning purposes. I actually checked out some clock shops in Berkeley. I think I’ll just make ours from the Klockit mechanical movement when we can afford to get one. I was really jazzed about this project since I definitely can’t afford to build Norm’s tall oak case clock.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#6 posted 11-02-2009 07:01 PM

CaptainSkully, I used this one from Klockit: Stock #12235 It uses two C cell batteries, can be used with or without the pendulum, sound or no sound, volume control, set it up to turn sound off at night and the second hand runs clockwise :)

Also Klockit technical help is top notch, I talked with them for some length about measurements on my clock case design, they were very helpful (and I wasn’t purchasing anything at this point), I did not feel rushed at all to end the phone call.

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#7 posted 11-03-2009 01:26 AM

What a bummer…..but Rockler does have good customer service.
With the second hand running backwards…......does that mean you’ll get younger?

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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