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Mechanical Clock Kit Styles Available
Mechanical Clock Kit Styles Available include wall clocks, mantle (shelf) clocks, and floor clocks. Floor models includes the grand daughter, mother, and father series.
All of the above, in the past, have been made with every chime type. In other words there are all these various ways to make noise, lets list them. There is the quarterly sounds that play a tune ever quarter hour, this are most common in the songs Westminster only, Or triple chime that includes Westminster St Micheal, or Wittington. As for the other noise makers, we call them strike clocks because they only strike out the hours and usually bong once on the half hour. These include Gong strike (coiled gong on the back or below the movement), Bell strike, or Bim Bam (sounds like its name, on two or three strike rods).
Mechanical clock kits
Wall / Mantle kits
Either weight driven or spring with spring driven most common. The weight driven is less common because of all the weight that is hanging on the wall. If there is no pendulum this means it has a balance wheel instead more like a watch.
Granddaughter / Grandmother clock kits
Granddaughters are usually spring driven with no weights. The grandmothers are usually chain driven with three weights for the chime units or two weights for any other strike styles. Its a shorter clock overall compared to the grandfather clocks.
Mechanical clock-kit movement options
The following are the various options for Mechanical clock-kit movements to be utilized in building a clock. We offer predefined kits at clockworks.com, however we cant include them all as it would overwhelming. It maybe possible to alter any aspect in the predefined clock kits that are listed. Please call to let us help with kit modifications or just general assistance to 800 381 7458.
Either Westminster only or triple chime. Both of these Mechanical Clock Kit options play a melody every 15 minutes and require a three weight movement. Also there is the bell strike option that will play on the top of the hour whatever hour it is, and once on the half hour.
Options are the length, the bob diameter, and if you would like a wood stick style The Pendulum or a fancy lyre style The Pendulum. The wood stick style is more antique look and the lyre is the contemporary style.
Either on the back for standard depth cases, or for the shallow depth we can do a side hammer unit.
Either a phase of the moon style, or just the hump top that says Tempus Fugit. Or we can zip off any moon The Dial or TF dial to provide a very nice square metal dial for you with no hump on the top at all. Another option is to use heavy paper stock on a thin board, use spray glue to make it stay.
Either Westminster only, Triple chime, Bim Bam, gong or bell. Lots of chime options there, but whatever you would like to listen to out of these we can do usually.
Either the wood stick style or sometimes if its short enough, we can put a brass rod pendulum in. The Mechanical Clock Kit options brass rod pendulum is different than the fancy lyre pendulum as its just a brass rod going straight down with out all the decor.
Includes the back, or on the side, or even the bottom on the wall clock kits.
Square dial made of paper stock that gets spray glued to a thin board, or a metal dial. In Arabic or Roman numerals. The dial on a wall clock would be mounted to the wood trim that goes around the dial, not interlocking with the movement. One style you cant get these days are the round dials that do lock into the movement, to have the appearance of the dial just floating in the air with the mounting hidden such as the Vienna regulator style.
Mantle or Shelf Clocks
Is all of them really, you can have Westminster, triple chime, gong, bell, or Bim Bam strike for Mechanical clock movement kit options.
Options include metal rod to a decor for the kitchen style clocks are available, or a wood stick The Pendulum if the clock is tall enough. For the shorter mantle units it will be just a round bob that is usually adjustable for time keeping.
The hardest on the mantle units. To get a The Dial with bezel with glass in convex or flat is ideal, however not always possible. If the situation calls for this type of clock dial, you may want to chase a different clock design to make, it is not often it works out well unfortunately. The shelf clocks are easier as it has a door that closes with glass in the front, rather than the round brass bezel with dial and glass all in one combination.
This concludes the Mechanical Clock Kit options. Best to call and discuss the clock kits with us at 800 381 7458
Clock kit before building the clock case
Why order first before building
It is possible to have a difficultly finding or adapting a clock kit to the current case built. The ideal dial size or other things would wanted but these items may not exist in the size needed for the case. Measurements that need to be correct for the clock kit to fit into the case. Order the Mechanical Clock Kit before building the case. With the clock kit set up on a stand while working on the case it can be measured. The various items on the clock kit such as the pendulum swing and dial size is known exactly.
Not all clocks can be replicated
Not all clocks can be replicated. Many of the antique clocks had clock dials that are in a size that is just not made on the market anymore. The grandfather clocks back in the day had over sized Clock dials with ships on them, cant get those anymore, as well as many other ones. If the dial is found ok, it will still need to be drilled out to wind the clock through the dial. This way it will have a hole to put the key or crank into. The only style clock dial that the winding holes are not required would be on chain driven clocks.
Alternate kit component availability
Clockworks.com offers a large variety of clock movements so this is the most easy thing to get. However when it comes to some components the resources can get slim on specific requests. Clock dials are the hardest part because there are so many shapes sizes and options. Such as round dials, square, hump top with no moon, and moon dials.
It is wise to get the Mechanical Clock Kit before building the clock case. Best to have the movement kit set up in the work shop to look at, get used too it, and measure what is needed prior to case making.
Making a Seat Board
Typical approximate dimensions
Many of the modern clocks have this about 16 inches wide and is 2 and a half inches deep but this would vary on the clock case dimensions being worked on. In the center of the mounting board is a hole that is 1 inch wide going across the center of the 2 and a half inch deep seat board.
Putting it together
The hole is wide enough for the movement to sit on the board with its chains hanging down in the center. Then the screws with the rectangle washers seat board screws and washers can go up into the movement’s arbors on the bottom. Even easier would be just to mount two, three quarter or 1 inch square boards running parallel, which are 1 inch apart, across the inside of the clock case, this is really all a mounting board needs to consist of. The only thing that has to happen is the movement is in the air with the chains dangling down in between these boards. The boards just can’t be so wide that the pendulum rubs it on the back of the movement.
With the movement mounting in the air as described all that needs to be done is have the chimeblock mounted on the back of the clock case so the hammers can engage with them and make the chime sound. You will hang the weights and pendulum on the movement obvious places, and lock the dial into the movement from the front.
Grandfather Clock Pendulum Information
The length of the pendulum on German units comes in a few CM options. German units measure the pendulum from the top of the movement to the bottom of the nut threads. The pendulum itself, the leader it hangs on, and the suspension that the leader hangs on. All three components in centimeters make up that CM length in the drop down menu.
Pendulum length information
To know how long the actual pendulum is, subtract 15CM from the options with the pendulum length. This will exclude the leader and suspension, and be the actual pendulum length from tip to tip off of the clock. This length can vary as if a larger pendulum bob is selected, the actual length of the pendulum gets longer. Why the CM length matters at all is because if the pendulum length is not near the CM length of the movement, the clock will not keep time. So the gearing in the movement and the pendulum length works together to keep time around the specified CM length.
The bob width Options
A Lyre grandfather clock pendulum comes with either a 6 1/2, 8 1/2, or 10 1/2 inch bob diameters. The 'Bob' is the round disk at the bottom of the pendulum . The CM length on the movement will indicate the length of the pendulum from the TOP of the movement all the way down to the bottom of the pendulum nut threads. This is an approximate length that depends on other factors such as bob diameter and weight of the pendulum . Basically if the CM is 94CM the pendulum itself will be about 35 inches tip to tip off of the clock, and the 114CM option would put this same measurement at approximately 44 inches.
Triple-Chime grandfather description
Grandfather Clock Kit is Outfitted a Decorative Presidential moving moon dial that is 11 x 15 1/2 with matching pendulum with a 10 1/2 bob. The 'Bob' is the round disk at the bottom of the pendulum. Includes polished weights, Lyre pendulum, moon dial, gong assembly, hands and hardware. This is everything you need for a clock except for the clock case.
Assistance = 800-381-7458
- Hermle 1161-853
- Triple Chime
- Cable Driven
- 11 x 15.5 Moon Dial
- Lyre Pendulum
- Back 12 Rod Strike
- Movement = 140 x 220mm
- Serpentine Hands
- Made in Germany
- 3-year warranty