Wooden Work?s Clock Movement Restoration & Best Practices

latest edition, 140 pages, with Hundreds of photos and diagrams.


Wooden Work?s Clock Movement Restoration & Best Practices 2023 Edition

If you are lucky enough to own a clock containing a wooden works clock movement, you own a rare piece of history. You are just the current steward of a part of history. Like anything else, these clocks must be maintained.

Fortunately, wooden movement clocks are the easiest clocks to work on due to the large size of the parts, their simple design, and no mainsprings to deal with.

Wooden movement clocks are the perfect starter clock if you have never worked on a clock before but are interested in how they work. Repairs to wood parts only need basic woodworking skills.

This book will take you step-by-step on your journey to learn how to repair wooden movement clocks and restore your rare piece of history.

This is an eBook [digital PDF].  Nothing comes in the mail.  Printed versions are available on Amazon.

eBook PDF version $14.00



Table of Contents

Introduction. 5
About the Author 7
Wooden Gear Movements. 9
The Parts Department 11
The Time Frame. 16
About Wood. 19
Glue. 20
Types of Hide Glue. 21
Cleaning. 23
Dismantling the Movement 23
Wet Cleaning. 24
Dry Cleaning - Best Practice. 26
The Diagram.. 27
Pivot Polishing. 31
Pegging. 34
Wood Bushing. 35
Repairs. 42
Repairing Broken Teeth – Best Practice. 42
Casting Teeth. 44
Damaged Teeth Tips. 49
Pivot Repairs – Best Practice. 50
Loose Pillars. 52
Loose Wheels. 55
Weight Cord. 58
Count Wheel Retainer 62
Governor Repair 63
Loose levers. 64
Click Spring. 65
Warped Plate. 65
Escapement 68
Reassembly. 69
Striking Synchronization. 72
Lubrication. 75
Other Comments. 77
The Key. 78
Wooden Movement Cuckoo Clocks. 83
Bellows. 83
Replacing Bellows. 87
Windpipe. 88
Installing Bellows in the Case. 88
Pivot Polishing Metal Wheels. 91
Modern Wooden Clocks. 99
Cutting Wheels. 112
Wooden Clock Kit Suppliers. 117
Clock ‘Fun’damentals. 119
Escapement 121
Diagnosis. 122
Tools. 125
The Work Area. 127
Refinishing the Clock Case. 129
Veneering. 131
The Lathe. 133
Clock Marts. 136
Conclusion. 137
Clock and Watch Associations. 138
Clock Supply Houses. 138
Horological Tool Suppliers. 139