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Forum topic by Jeff_in_LSMO posted 04-03-2014 03:06 AM 961 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-03-2014 03:06 AM

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#1 posted 04-03-2014 03:45 PM

The old Congreve clock, they are a little hard to adjust for accurate time. I have had one on my to do list
for a long time, and I think I will just leave it there. A fellow named Congreve got the idea for this from
watching the load cannon balls down a ramp, so you know it has been around for a while.

-- As ever, Gus-the 78 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 04-03-2014 04:51 PM

that is so interesting and fun to watch, thanks for sharing

-- steve, simple and effective

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#3 posted 04-03-2014 10:48 PM

They are definitely fun to watch, but they would make a very poor timekeeper. I small amount of dust in the channel would affect the timing. Also, the time base would change as the ball slowly wears a groove in the track. A good old fashioned pendulum is a lot less affected by dust or changing time as it breaks in.

-- Steve

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#4 posted 04-04-2014 04:47 PM

Yeah, but wouldn’t a Timex be cheaper? :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#5 posted 04-04-2014 05:20 PM

Neat mechanical device, a lot of engineering …. but doubtful usefulness.

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#6 posted 04-10-2014 01:24 PM

Usefulness smooshfulness, sometimes neat is just neat, and that’s why you build it.

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