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Forum topic by drewpy posted 02-09-2016 11:33 PM 853 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-09-2016 11:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wall clock retirement clock movement chime question tip clock

Hello all.

I have a friend that is retiring near the end of April. She had several options as a retirement gift. She really liked the wall clocks offered but opted for the more practical luggage package for their upcoming travels.

I figured I would attempt to build one that closely matched the ones she was looking at. I asked her co-workers for pictures of the two that were offered and she was looking at. See below.

I looked around for movements, faces, or kits and became a little overwhelmed and thought – Heck, I’ll just ask my fellow LJ’s. Can anyone offer some suggestions for some good clock movements, faces, or kits that you’ve had experience with? Also, any general suggestions regarding the project are welcome. This will be my first attempt on such a project. I did one simple desktop clock but that just involved pulling a housed clock out of a standard body and inserting in into a body I created.

Based on the clock descriptions in the retirement catalog, the clock body will be roughly 30h x 13w x 6d.

EDIT – The descriptions for the ones offered had chimes on the hour.

Thanks for your help in advance,


-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#1 posted 02-10-2016 12:12 AM

I have gotten all of my movements from Klockit. look them up on the Web. I would give them a call. Tell them the dimensions so you can get the right pendulum swing, movement and face.
I have always had good service from the. We have built 9 1840 Shaker Clocks and have used all of their products.

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#2 posted 02-10-2016 12:49 AM

I 2nd klockit they have everything you’ll ever need at reasonable prices.


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#3 posted 02-10-2016 12:52 AM

That’s a nice clock, your going to have fun making it, some of the places I get my clock parts are , Murray Clock , Klockit , Emperor Clock , Clock Parts , Black forest imports clock parts. From looking at the picture it maybe a battery powered movement, I don’t see any winding holes in the face. I think Murray Clock has the long lyre to fit on a pendulum that length, klockit only has short 4” lyres for a pendulum that length. A very good quartz movement is the QQBC5PS from Murray Clock, I’ve used them in a couple clocks I made, good sound quality and reasonably priced, good luck, and if you have any questions feel free to PM me.

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#4 posted 02-10-2016 12:57 AM

I have made clocks and I too use the Klocit, for works, my last one is a mantle clock with a Quarts battery works and chimes, sound better then real mechanical chimes. This is the one I used, on the back of the clock where I mounted the speaker on 1/4” Baltic Birch plywood, with and open hole, with a 1 1/2 diam hole a few inches above it, making the back into a sound board sounds great.

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#5 posted 02-10-2016 01:45 PM

The folks here have decent prices and good specials…

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#6 posted 02-10-2016 07:06 PM

Thanks everyone. I will start looking around today.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#7 posted 02-14-2016 11:37 PM

Norm built a few clocks that you might like on New Yankee Workshop. He lists all the sources for his clock.

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