Arts & Crafts Mantle Clock #3: Ordering

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Blog entry by CaptainSkully posted 11-06-2009 06:11 PM 1672 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m about to pull the trigger on my order from I had a few questions about what to order, so I pinged their tech support. They don’t mention what size winding key to get. I’m assuming that it’s an eight-day movement, so that if you wind it every week, it’ll keep running. I grew up with clocks (i.e. grandfather, cuckoo, etc.), so I didn’t want a set that chimed. I think the pendulum length and swing will fit nicely with the design I’ve selected. I substituted hands that are more in keeping with the style of clock I’m making. I also asked what the winding arbor meant. I believe it’s another hole, drilled into the face of the clock, for the winding key to line up with the movement, but I wanted to make sure. BTW, I’m only going to be making one of these. I’ll be making something else for our friends’ wedding present. I hope that’s not too selfish.

I’m pretty excited about this project (not that that’s any different from any other project I start). I think I’ll feel a lot better about a quality mechanical movement vs. a quartz piece of plastic. I’m hoping the pendulum will look a bit more authentic too.

I’ve been getting some questions from my better half about how the dining room set is coming along. The answer is that I’m still in the “design phase”, and I need smaller projects like this that I can finish to make me feel like I’m still making progress. My new job as a sailing instructor is really getting in the way of my woodworking. Plus, I’m emotionally exhausted after a day on the water, keeping the students from accidentally jibing the boat. As a result, I’m not getting out to the shop after dinner. I’m also trying to keep the power tool noise down after business hours for the sake of the neighbors’ sanity. OK, not much progress on this blog to report, but I thought I’d keep it updated.

UPDATE: I sent the e-mail to right before I started writing this blog entry. I just got a response from them, so I’m pretty darn happy with their customer service! They said the appropriate winding key comes with the kit, and I needed a way to oil the movement. They just happen to have that oiling kit on sale. Feature that…

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

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#1 posted 11-06-2009 07:06 PM

should be great

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#2 posted 11-07-2009 01:15 PM

looking forward to watching this one

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