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I have been repairing clocks for fifty years and would like to share some of the things I have learned over the years. With that in mind this will be a weekly night video of the repair of what ever comes through the door of the shop. Over fifty years I have repaired a broad range of clocks from simple American mantle clocks to rare European automata clocks to early English table clocks so stay tuned and please subscribe, like and if you comment or have a questions, I will do my best to answer them. My web site address is www.jamesleaclocks.com.
This is a lathe job where I had to machine a piece of cast iron tubing. Face, bore, and turn OD to specs. The material was 17" in length. I'll show you how I tackled it.
This rotary jigsaw was also known as the Cutawl (Model K8). Based on the age of the motor and the history of patents on this machine, I believe it was made sometime in the 1930s. It had many other cutters available for cutting materials such as metal, wood, leather, fabric, drywall, and essentially anything else that is up to 1.25" thick and softer than hardened steel. This restoration was a lengthly process as the motor needed work as well. I am stunned this motor eventually ran so well. There is zero play in any direction other than back and forth when I move the armature. For a motor that is ~85 years old, I was very surprised to see the bronze bushings having essentially no wear. It's possible they were replaced at one point. After doing research on this tool and talking with some collectors and experts, I learned that there were certain parts that were fragile and prone to damage. The large wheel in the back is attached to the main shaft by a pin that does not go through the centre of the shaft, but is offset. This means that over time, the offset pin allowed the wheel to wear around the shaft and starting wobbling itself to the point of bending/breaking the shaft. I chose not to risk it and left the wheel as is. While looking at a parts diagram of this tool, I decided it was too risky to try and hammer and pry off the rotary mechanism as it's filled with small steel balls and retainer rings. These two things are my enemies. All I do is loose them. The part works completely fine, so there is no reason to mess with it. I could actually see myself using this tool for some applications. It has a very natural feel to controlling the direction of cut and I feel like I could be more accurate with this than a modern jigsaw. Hopefully you get a chance to try one of these out one day! Here is a link to all the materials the tool can cut: http://imgur.com/a/RDysJ Thank you to Evapo-rust for sponsoring this video! Help secure more tools for future videos (if you want): https://www.patreon.com/handtoolrescue Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/handtoolrescue/
Here are some helpful links for clock repair http://learntimeonline.com http://clockrepairtips.com Setting new pallet jewels in the Brocot escapement can be a tricky task. In this video I show a couple of ideas I have come up with that makes it easier and more accurate for me, hopefully this will give you some ideas. First, using super glue is not recommended, it may be less time consuming at first BUT future adjustments will be difficult. A small bag of shellac flakes is very inexpensive and will last for many repairs and is also good for many other little projects. By using the watchmakers roller table warmer heat is not directly applied to any of the clock surfaces causing damage. For the final adjustments the roller table warmer can hold the heat a bit longer than heated tweezers, allowing for extra time to make those adjustments. I personally like to take the anchor out of the movement when replacing the jewels. By doing so I am able to get a good close look at everything to insure a proper job. Though a slight adjustment of a miss aligned jewel is easily accomplished without disassembly. Thank you for watching my videos. I would ask you to give a thumbs up or make comments and give ideas so that everyone may benefit. Thank you and have a great day. William http://bornagainclocks.com You can also find more great information about clock repair and watch repair at http://learntimeonline.com
Here are some helpful links for clock repair http://learntimeonline.com http://clockrepairtips.com In this clock making video I show my process for crossing out the wheel blanks for a clock that I am building. I use a Gorton, 2 dimensional pantograph, model 3-U. I this video I show some features of the machine, reduction according to my template and final product size, the actual crossing of the wheel blank and more. If you find the content of my video helpful and informative for clock repair, clock building or clock restoration, please give a thumbs up. I have other videos about making parts for clocks and there will be much more to come so please subscribe. I also have a discussion forum involving building clocks and making clock parts at http://clockrepairtips.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=7&sid=dc6cb192f958923eacb8616a8f9fcf1a You can also find more great information about clock repair and watch repair at http://learntimeonline.com Thank you and have a great day. William http://bornagainclocks.com
I have been repairing clocks for fifty years and would like to share some of the things I have learned over the years. With that in mind this will be a weekly Monday night video of the repair of what ever comes through the door of the shop. Over fifty years I have repaired a broad range of clocks from simple American mantle clocks to rare European automata clocks to early English table clocks so stay tuned and please subscribe, like and if you comment or have a questions, I will do my best to answer them. My web site address is www.jamesleaclocks.com.