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03-24-2013 10:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question clock

I see alot of beautiful clocks done by fellow lumberjocks.

I have never built one and want to.

Where do the experts here go to get clock inserts?

Thanks
RTS

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#1 posted 03-24-2013 10:56 PM

My wife and I did a “Grandmother Clock” from Emporer Clocks in 1978 and it’s still working super without any annual lubrication. The clock mechanism is German manufacture weight driven, Westminster Chimes and moon phases; it’s of super quality. Gold gilt etched background. We receive Klock Kits catalogs quarterly but haven’t purchased from them. Both companies sell the clock units without buying the pre-cut kits or frames. Suggest you check ‘em out, you’ll probably find what you are looking for.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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#2 posted 03-24-2013 10:58 PM

If you just want one or two (to try it out) crafts stores like Michaels and Hobby Lobby sell them pretty reasonably. Some WalMarts have them too. If you’re gonna get into making clocks there’s several places on the net that you can buy in bulk fairly cheaply.
Things to know will be how thick you’re gonna leave the face, so you’ll know how long of a shaft you’ll need. Also you can get different length hands for different size faces too.

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#3 posted 03-24-2013 11:02 PM

Klockit.com will have lots of stuff to pick from.

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#4 posted 03-24-2013 11:07 PM

Great advise Joein10asee! You’re absolutely right in all cases. I particularly like the remark on various length and styles off hands. The final appearance really is partially determined by the hands. My wife has done about 10-12 stained glass clocksm and her battery operated movements came from Klock Kits.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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#5 posted 03-24-2013 11:08 PM

Schlabaugh & Sons is another one, link.

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#6 posted 03-25-2013 12:02 AM

Check the reviews for any clocks you are looking at buying. Some of them are quite good. Others are otherwise. I have noted that they seem to be model specific.

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#7 posted 03-25-2013 12:10 AM

Clockparts.com

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#8 posted 03-25-2013 12:25 AM

I haven’t had good luck with battery clock movements in the past from hobby shops or big box retailers. I guess your mileage may vary.

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#9 posted 03-25-2013 01:29 AM

One suggestion if you’re going to use “fit-up” style clock inserts. Stay away from the ones with plastic lenses. They make all of your hard work look cheap and unprofessional. The genuine brass and glass look sooo much nicer and are worth the extra money . JMHO : )

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#10 posted 03-25-2013 01:35 AM

I agree Dusty. I have been looking for what you suggest. I see a few out the on Amazon.

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#11 posted 03-25-2013 01:43 AM

I had been getting mine from Woodcraft , but the local selection has become old for me. I did get some nice ones from an ebay dude out of Hawaii , but not much of a choice there either. I’ll keep looking though. If you want to spend the money , they’re out there : )

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#12 posted 03-25-2013 01:26 PM

Also watch yard sales and flea markets for cheap clocks that you can take the motors and hands out of to re-use. I bought a few motors at a hobby shop and paid $9.95 each for them. The next day we were at WallyWorld and I happened by the clock aisle. Since I only wanted the motors and hands, I didn’t care what the clock looked like. I found several with long enough stems for $3.99 each. Geeze, You cant hardly buy the motors alone for that

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#13 posted 03-25-2013 02:30 PM

Or you can go a step higher on the scale for your fine work and get old style European wind-up or chain and weight mechanisms.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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#14 posted 03-25-2013 04:01 PM

http://www.klockit.com/ is still the best out there. you can call them if you have a problem matching stuff up and they can help. Nice people to do business with.
I look for inserts at antique stores because you see some unusual stuff there.

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#15 posted 03-25-2013 05:10 PM

I use KlockKit also. I will not put an electric movement in a Shaker or other period clock reproduction.
KlockKit has a vast inventory and price range,

-- Jerry

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