|Project by tom427cid||posted 09-01-2011 06:21 AM||869 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
This is sort of a short story of an English clock about 1820.After almost 200 years the nails had rotted in half and most of the glue blocks were only holding on one side. Problem: The clock would not stand up straight-it wanted to fall over. The area between the base and the waist was trying to act as a hinge. The base moulding(feet) was new, nailed on, and painted black.
First step,disassemble up to the waist.Engineer some way to prevent the hingeing action,reassemble as close to square and plumb as possible,and install new feet. I discovered that there was no continuity of square or plumb from the top to the bottom-the boys must have had a couple of pints to many! And the waist was 17 1/4 wide at the back of the base,but the front was 17 3/4 wide! This meant that I had to recut many joints. Not much room for error.Another small issue was that the back board had a twist about 1/2 inch top to bottom. This necessetated
more than a few trial fits before glue up. I did save the bottom board-probably shouldnt have but I wanted to save as much old color as possible. The final step was to install levelers in the feet that would help compensate for the odd stance. Everything now is between an 1/8 and 1/16” out.
Hope you enjoy,comments are always welcome.Thanks for looking.
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