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Clockmakers hints and tips--- Clock stands

Subject:- a Westminster Chimer Clock Stand.  

 This article was sent in by Ron Jones of New Zealand

 Those that still work on Westminster chimers, old Smiths and various German models, be they hobbyist apprentice or tradesman all find it awkward  to hold these clocks to examine their action, adjust, oil and then finished them to time. We have all seen a movements case lug held in a bench vice. Or valuable time wasted putting a clock in and out of the case that have developed unseen problems.   

 
 Obtain a piece of timber for the base 10 x 6 x 1in thick. A sheet of galvanized iron 10 x 10 ins not too thick but strong enough to hold a chimer firmly.  Mark off 2ins on one side of the metal and bend to a right angle. This 2ins bend has three holes drilled to make a base to screw to the wooden base.

 
Before fastening to the base cut out the oblong square which is 5 x 5 ins. Leaving a u shaped piece of sheet iron.  This is obvious so one can see and examine the movement when it is bolted to the side pieces.

 

 

   

Having your clock stand now finished,  when the next chimer comes in, place it on the back of the metal sheet so the hammers are (if under slung) free of the base. Now one of the binds is the left or right located chime/s silent lever there is no room for them. Mark where this comes and with tin snips cut out a slot to allow free movement of the lever. The clock is of course bolted onto the sheet iron with any suitable nuts and bolts. Once the location holes are drilled one can get away with two to a clock.

 With every new clock repair drill more holes as necessary. The time comes when the sides are like a colander and it is just a case of bolting your chimer to the stand in minutes.  I would recommend you make two at the same time while you are at it. 
A picture of the well used stand appears below

  This article was sent in by Ron Jones of New Zealand

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