Clock kit before building the clock case

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Clock kit before building the clock case

It is important to order the clock kit before building the clock case. It's possible the kit will not fit if the case is built before getting the mechanical clock kit.

Although it may seem counterintuitive, it is more common than you might think. To put a lot of effort into building a luxury case only to realize that the necessary components do not fit inside. It is advisable to purchase the clock kit first to avoid this frustration and potential financial loss, . This will allow you to ensure that all the components fit properly before investing time and resources into the case.

Why order a clock kit before building

To find or adapt a clock kit to the case is very difficult. The ideal dial or other parts may not exist in the size that the case requires.

Moreover, measurements need to be correct for the clock kit to fit into the case.

Always order the Mechanical Clock Kit before building the case. Having the clock kit set up on a stand while working on the case is ideal.

Naturally, it will be easy to measure the various parts of the clock kit such as the pendulum swing and dial. Having the luxury of the components being in the air makes it much easier to measure and is a wise decision.

Not all clocks are made

Many sizes of antique clocks dials are not made anymore. Grandfather clocks back in the day had large Clock dials with ships on them.

They most certainly are gorgeous but try to find another one like it. These are no longer available. This is the case with many others as well. This is yet another reason to buy the clock kit before building the case.

The winding arbor holes will need to be done, if a dial can be found. This way it will have a hole to put the key or crank into. Chain driven clocks are the only style that does not need winding holes in the dial.

Alternate kit component availability

Clockworks offers a large variety of clock movements. However, when it comes to some components resources can get slim. This is why it is important to buy the clock kit before building the case.

Clock dials are the hardest because there are so many shapes, sizes, and options available. Examples include round dials, square, hump top with no moon, and moon dials.

Summary

To sum up this topic on clock kits. It is wise to get the Mechanical Clock Kit before building the clock case. The best thing to do is set up the movement kit in the workshop. This way you can visualize the size prior to installation.

So, do not build a beautiful case before buying components for it. Purchasing all of the components first will give you the opportunity to measure them and ensure they will fit in the case. This will help you avoid the disappointment of designing a case that cannot accommodate your components.

The content of this website is copyright by Clockworks and written by James Stoudenmire in year 2022

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