Making Clocks
by Stan Bray

Softcover
150 x 210mm
124pp

Published by Nexus Special Interests Ltd, Kent, UK.

R.R.P.$19.90

ISBN 1-85486-214-6

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As reviewed in House & HOME Issue 73

If you are interested in making the whole clock and not just the wooden case, Stan Bray's Making Clocks claims that it is not too difficult if you have the basic equipment including some form of metal lathe. Even if you don't want to make your own mechanism, the book provides interesting reading as a simple explanation of how mechanical clocks work.

The author notes that you may have to adjust the time on your homemade clock once a week or so, but this was common with older mechanisms anyway. Modern timepieces are far more accurate by comparison.

Once you understand the various components involved you can make a clock out of a variety of materials including plastic and Meccano parts. A lathe is virtually essential, but for many tasks handtools will suffice.

Making Clocks is an overview of the process rather than a step-by-step description of making a specific clock. Nonetheless it provides a good introduction to the subject and with either experimentation or some additional data from other sources, you can finish up with a working clock you've built yourself.

Photos: Black & White

Units of Measurement: Imperial

Contents

Introduction

History

The Frame

Providing The Power

Pendulums

Escapements

The Going Train & Motion Work

Dividing

Wheeles and Pinions

Finishing

Faces, Hands and Cases