Putting together your own clock can bring a lot of satisfaction and joy, especially when you can see your own clock ticking away. Making your own clock is relatively simple, a project that can be completed by those without any experience. All you need are a small number of parts and an ability to follow instructions!
Fitting the Clock Movement
Crucial to clock making is of course fitting the movement. A clock movement is the mechanism of the clock that basically drives all the hands.
Always work in a well-lighted area, and if you require reading glasses, it is advised that you wear them.
- Leave the movement hanger installed if desired, and install the black rubber washer over the hand shaft.
- Insert the hand shaft through the clock face.
- Slide a brass washer over the hand shaft.
- Then attach a dial mounting hex nut. Be careful not to over tighten.
- Before putting the hands on your clock, first put the minute hand on and line it up with the 12.
- Then take the minute hand off and then push the hour hand on lined up with the time numeral.
- Then put on the minute hand also pointing towards the middle of the 12.
- If the movement just uses push on hands, then both the hour and minute hands should be firm. If the minute hand shaft has a thread then you need to lock the minute hand on with a minute nut. Minute nuts are either open for use with a sweep hand, or closed for a clock without a sweep hand. The sweep hands just push on.
- Once you have the hands in place, check that the hands can move around the clock dial without touching each other or scraping the dial.
The majority of clock movements these days come with 10 years warranty which means you can expect 15 to 20 years of reliable time keeping. They usually only require the adjustment of a few minutes after several months.
The best batteries to use in clock movements that just indicate the time and/or swing a pendulum are reputable brand super heavy duty. These type of batteries have a shelve life of 5 years from manufacture.
Watch Our Tutorial
The instructions included above are taken from our video tutorial. The video tutorial will guide you step-by-step and includes helpful images to go alongside the instructions.
Watch the video below or follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bz1Ixv0yiU
Mayama Has The Supplies You Need
Mayama is Australia’s major importer and distributor of wood turning project parts. Mayama stocks a wide range of clock movements and hands, and the team will happily assist to determine the best ones for your project. Visit us in-store, call (08) 9330 8383, or shop online.