Making a Waterbury Regulator #67 Seconds Hand

Making a Waterbury Regulator #67 Seconds Hand

In this video William Porter demonstrates making a Waterbury Regulator #67 seconds hand which was missing from his Waterbury regulator #67 regulator wall clock.
This detailed demo includes:

  • Type of brass material used.
  • Matching color to existing minute and hour hands.
  • Design and layout of hand.
  • Making a simple filing jig from W1 tool steel.
  • Cutting, filing and shaping techniques.
  • Balancing the hand for maximum efficiency.

A missing or broken hand is common occurrence with these old clocks so knowing how to make new hands can prove to be a valuable skill for the clocksmith. This video is well worth viewing for both the aspiring and seasoned clocksmith. If restoration of antique clocks is your thing then by all means spend a few minutes and watch this video through to the end. It’s a good one.

Another good video from William. If you like his video please go to his video on YouTube at Seconds Hand Project and give him a thumbs up and maybe post a comment and definitely Subscribe to his channel as he has been putting a new video up every few days and they are all very informative.

Read more about ‘Making a Waterbury Regulator #67 Seconds Hand’ and other topics at The Forum and then click on Paul and Williams forum called ‘The Clockmakers Forum – Designing, Building and Parts Fabrication’ Also if you are in need of any clock repair or restoration work or clock parts fabrication you can visit William Porters website at Williams Website


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Seth Thomas clock hammer leather replacement

Seth Thomas clock hammer leather replacement

William Porter demonstrates how he replaces the old worn out strike hammer leather in a Seth Thomas clock. Different techniques are used depending on the type of movement and hammer head arrangement design but this process works well with many American clock movements using straight threaded non-folded over leather in the hammer heads.

Another good video from William. If you like his video please go to his video on YouTube at Clock Hammer Leather Replacement and give him a thumbs up and maybe post a comment and definitely Subscribe to his channel as he has been putting a new video up every few days and they are all very informative.

Read more about ‘Seth Thomas clock hammer leather replacement’ and other topics at The Forum and then click on Paul and Williams forum called ‘The Clockmakers Forum – Designing, Building and Parts Fabrication’ Also if you are in need of any clock repair or restoration work or clock parts fabrication you can visit William Porters website at Williams Website


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Watchmaker Clockmaker Tools

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Kosmo runs through some newly acquired watchmaker clockmaker tools with great in-depth descriptions of how they are used in horology. Some are advanced tools still being manufactured by Malcomb Wild who is well know for producing top quality tools. This is a good video and is well worth watching for anyone interested in moving beyond general watch and clock repair and into restoration and the making of parts.
In this video Kosmo the covers in detail:

  • Pinion Wire
  • Watchmakers sector (a rare but valuable tool).
  • Clockmakers sector
  • Watchmaker Dies BA type
  • Depthing Tools made by Malcomb Wild with good demo
  • Contrate Wheel Depthing Tool attachment
  • Pinion Head Depthing Tool
  • Lignum Vitae used for clock bushings, grasshopper escapement pallets etc.


Malcomb Wild Depthing Tool and Watchmaker Clockmaker Tools

Malcomb Wild Clockmaker Watchmaker Tools


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Making Seth Thomas Clock Parts

Making Seth Thomas Clock Parts


In this video William Porter shows his technique for making Seth Thomas Clock parts by cutting a new pinion as well as fabricating other components making up the fast/slow regulator assembly for dial side time regulating on a damaged Seth Thomas clock movement. This Seth Thomas clock was brought to his shop for repair as the owner could not slow the clock down enough without turning the fast/slow regulator assembly all the way to its slowest setting as well as placing lead shot sinkers onto the underside of the pendulum bob. The fast/slow assembly was badly damaged having bent parts and a missing leaf on one of the brass adjusting pinions. In addition, the movement required a complete overhaul. This video covers the more complicated and interesting topic of making these Seth Thomas clock parts.
Another interesting video put out by William. If you like his video please shoot over to YouTube at Fast Slow Clock Regulator Mechanism Rebuild and give him a thumbs up and maybe post a comment and definitely Subscribe to his channel as he has been putting a new video up every few days and they are all very informative.
You can read more about this and other topics at the FORUM at ClockRepairTips.com/forum and then click on Paul and Williams forum called ‘The Clockmakers Forum – Designing, Building and Parts Fabrication’ Also if you are in need of any clock repair or restoration work or clock parts fabrication you can visit William Porters website at http://BornAgainClocks.com


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Making a Clock Ratchet Wheel Click

Video by William Porter BornAgainClocks.com

Making a Clock Ratchet Wheel Click

William wanted to take the opportunity to film the making of a new ratchet wheel click and rivet needed for a customer clock repair he had just received in the shop. The ratchet wheel click was worn to the point where it could no longer safely contain the tightly wound mainsprings energy by locking the click wheel arbor assembly in place. Definitely not a good scenario if that click ‘lets go’ permitting the sudden release of power in a fraction of a second rather than the intended gradual flow of energy through the escapement over a full 8 day period. This sudden burst of energy leaving a clock movement can and often does result in enough physical shock to damage clock parts, break clock wheel teeth and pinion leaves, snap off pivots etc. It can also place the owner of the clock in a rather precarious position when after winding the mainspring arbor a few turns he or she realizes that the winding key cannot be removed from the arbor since the arbor will not lock in place to permit its removal. The spring must then be slowly unwound by carefully backing it down using both hands. Scary situation because if it slips out of ones paws for just a split second the key can and most likely will smack the daylights out of a knuckle. Of course this doesn’t happen to me. Well at least it hasn’t happened yet today but the day is still young! It does hurt!
As always William does a nice job describing his technique for making a part. His filming of the process of making a clock ratchet wheel click is well worth watching. If you like his video please shoot over to YouTube at Making a Clock Ratchet Wheel Click and give him a thumbs up and maybe post a comment and definitely Subscribe to his channel as he has been putting a new video up every few days and they are all very informative.
You can read more about this and other topics at the FORUM at ClockRepairTips.com/forum and then click on Paul and Williams forum called ‘The Clockmakers Forum – Designing, Building and Parts Fabrication’ Also if you are in need of any clock repair or restoration work or clock parts fabrication you can visit William Porters website at http://BornAgainClocks.com


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Lorch 6mm Watchmakers Lathe

Great little Lorch 6mm Watchmakers Lathe

Stefen unpacks and explains his Lorch 6mm Watchmakers Lathe and tooling attachments. These excellent high quality lathes can still be found online for rather low prices along with attachments such as compound slides, face plates, 3, 4 and 6 jaw chucks etc. Definitely watch Stefens video below and if you have a chance take a look at the following lathes.co.uk link to see all of the different styles of lathes Lorch produced. These Lorch lathes are a good choice for beginner to advanced watchmakers and make a great addition to any shop. I have two in Lorch lathes my shop. One 6mm and one 8mm. Both are set up and run with hand wheels and both are a pleasure to operate. They are truly beautiful and enjoyable machines. Here’s the link to the Lorch Lathe page

Lorch 6mm Watchmakers Lathe at lathes.co.ukPic linked from http://lathes.co.uk


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Watchmaking Today – The Incredible Dufore & Halter

  Great ‘Clock’ Documentary


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Wooden Timekeepers

Wooden Watches


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