Be sure to set the time correctly after building it! Joking aside check
Uncle Norms site (New Yankee Workshop). I believe he built one sometime ago
and the plans are there. Also Klockit.com should have some things for you to
look at as well as Rockler and a host of other sites. Go a-googling and you
should turn up plenty of info.
I find a lot of good plans at
I built a Grandmother clock (about 8" shorter than a GF clock) from
plans I got from them. They also sell all the parts needed for the
complete clock. You can make everything yourself or buy a pre-cut kit or
anything inbetween. Also you can call and get knowledgleable help from
them. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions, just remove the
What case style are you planning to build? I have built a few following
traditional English styles and using antique movements. If that's might be
where you are headed perhaps I can be of some help. I am presently building
a Chinese lacquer style case with an English 8 bell movement.
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Bit more advice - get a copy of that essential clockmaking book,
"Carving Architectural Detail in Wood"
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You'll want to understand classical design (proportion and details),
and carving doesn't hurt either. Damn good book.
After you build it you may need help in getting it to operate correctly.
I put an antique movement in mine and was found it necessary to hire
these folks to make it "tell time" correctly. They do great work at
restoring grandfather clock movements.
I'd go for a a grandmother instead. A real grandfather is _huge_ and
unless you have a really large house to display it in, it's far too
likely to look "crowded" in any of the places we live in today.
They're also (IMHO) not that attractive. Grandfathers usually have a
flat-topped pediment (sometimes triangular), and I find a swan-necked
grandmother a much more appealing piece. It's also a bit more scope
for moulding or a finial.
Then make a dummy from corrugated cardboard and live with it for a
month. My mantelpiece clock is made from bronze, granite and
cardboard. It's 4 years old now and I'm still wondering about design
details for the hood.
You're looking at the thick end of $1000 for anyhting with a new
mechanism, so don't cut corners. Have the design and proportions
perfect, or else buy in plans. Use the best timber you can. Don;t be
tempted to simplify something to make it quicker and easier - you're
going to be looking at this for a long time.
Lots of excellent points by Andy. I'll add one other issue. If you
can, try to listen *in person* to both a clock with bells and one with
chime rods. The sound is distinctly different. The bell mechanism is
also significantly more expensive. But, for my money, the tone of the
bells exceeds that of the rods.
Charles Jones -- Loveland, Colorado
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