|Project by horologist||posted 05-05-2013 12:34 AM||2705 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
These days projects for a limited workshop and free time are just the ticket.
I decided it is time to start making a few things for myself so this will be the first in a series of such projects.
This tool is designed to be held in a bench vise and has been laying on a shelf since I bought it.
Making this stand allowed me to set it upright and more importantly, to try out the Bad Axe 12” hybrid saw that I got for Christmas. (second photo)
The base is from a scrap of mahogany and the third photo shows it roughed out. I didn’t have a clear plan when I started, decided it was too clunky at this point, and cut the chamfers with chisel and block plane. The mortice on top is deep enough to hold an original broken screw that I had to replace.
The tool is an 18th century watch mainspring winder. For those who can remember watches without batteries, this tool is used to remove and reinstall the mainspring into the barrel. The tool still needs a replacement arbor and a piece to hook onto the end of the spring before it can be used. For the most part I know what these parts should look like but more research is needed.
I did need to make a replacement screw and documented the process as a demonstration for another list.
For any interested in an off topic post where I make something as simple as making a screw seem an impossible task see the link below. Really, it takes longer to read the page than to do the work!
-- Troy in Melrose, Florida