Seth Thomas #2 Regulator, Inspired Clock

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Project by Big_Bob posted 04-01-2008 06:03 AM 12012 views 2 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had seen photos of the Seth Thomas #2 Regulator and I wanted to build one but I could not find a set of plans. It took years but I came across a book with plans for this clock. I took the plans and redrew them to full size. Finding the movement and the hardware was another story. This is because the sources listed in the book no longer carried the movements. Finally I stumbled onto a factory in Canada that was willing to sell me the movement and all the hardware.

The movement is German, the wood is quarter-sawn white oak and it took just about every tool in my shop to build it.

-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker

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#1 posted 04-01-2008 09:35 AM

Beautiful work Bob. It was worth the effort to get the plans and mechanism you wanted.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#2 posted 04-01-2008 11:13 AM

Outstanding Bob! How about sharing your sources?

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#3 posted 04-01-2008 12:09 PM

Nice looking clock. I have always liked these style of clock. You did a beautiful job on it. You were lucky you could find the movement. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 04-01-2008 01:34 PM

Nice clock. Does anyone really know what time it is?

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#5 posted 04-01-2008 02:01 PM

Bob that is a nice clock. How did you finish it?

I tend to be the same way with my tools when I am in the middle of a project. It seems that I eventually go through every tool in the shop and all the hand tools end up on the assembly bench because I don’t want to have to search for them but then I can’t find what I want due to the tool “clutter”. :)

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 04-01-2008 02:44 PM

Can you list the name or website of the company where you got the clock mechanisms from? My wife wants a mantel clock, but most of the mechanisms I’ve found have been less than suitable.

By the way… great looking clock!

-- Ethan,

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#7 posted 04-01-2008 04:36 PM

Beautiful clock!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 04-01-2008 08:19 PM

Thanks for all the comments.

If anyone would like a copy of the plans I can send you a PDF file if you email me at . Ask for the plans for the #2 regulator. It may take me a day or so to get back with you because I will need to scan them first.

The good place to get the movement and hardware is Bradley Woodworks. This is their website . I do not think that that the kit is listed in the website but I called him and he sold me one.

As for the finish I sealed it with Minwax pre-stain and stained it Minwax wood stain. I think I used a rosewood stain then I went over that with a walnut stain. Then three coats of Minwax Antique Oil Finish.
If anyone has any questions when building this just email me.

-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker

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#9 posted 04-01-2008 08:55 PM

Nice set of clockworks!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#10 posted 04-01-2008 09:01 PM


Very nice work. I have a weakness for clocks so this one pleases me a lot.

Charles Mullins Fayetteville, Tn

-- God makes the wood beautiful--I simply rearrange it to make it more useful, hopefully.

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#11 posted 04-02-2008 01:17 AM

That’s a great looking clock. I have a friend that has a room with about 30 clocks!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#12 posted 04-02-2008 01:11 PM

That is a terrific looking clock.

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#13 posted 05-05-2008 04:51 AM

You did an excellent job on this clock! I did a little digging at Bradley Woodworks and was able to uncover the kit URL. $400 for the kit, including the movement is a bargain! Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- and

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#14 posted 05-05-2008 05:21 AM


Thanks for your commitment to this offering.

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#15 posted 05-05-2008 08:31 PM


The $400 kit is for precut wood (red oak) parts what I did was buy just the movement and the hardware from him. I believe it was $200. If you email or call him he can sell it to you that way. The originals were White Oak and that is what I used.

-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker

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