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I really like these clock movements as they are self contained, good quality, and not too expensive. I used one in my Grandfather clock I made last month. https://www.hobby-machinist.com/threads/grandfather-clock-shrunk.69286/#post-580047
They come in several different styles and sizes. I am using the 3.5 inch model here.

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I have a couple of automotive a/c dryers from the 1980s that I had saved to maybe someday make something out of.
So I cut the dryer in half and trued it up in the lathe.

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The inside of the tube was about 0.300 larger then the clock so I rolled a piece of this 0.135 thick flat steel into a circle. I cut off the ends and hammered it close to round. It is an interference fit in the tube and the clock fits snugly inside. Can't believe it worked that well.

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For the base I turned a couple of steps on a 3" piece of aluminum and drilled and taped for a 1/4 X28 thread and cut it off about 1" thick.

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I had apiece of 1/2" X 0.090 thick brass strap which I molded into a bracket for the tube. I used some 0.750 brass rod to make three knobs and I had some 1/4" 28 brass allen screws that I had gotten somewhere years back.

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Polished it all up and here it is.

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Thanks for looking
Ray
 

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#4
Looks great. What are the clocks and where to get them?
 
#5
There are a number of sellers on ebay.
I purchased 3 clocks from an american seller for about $31.00 shipped.

Thanks for the likes and comments all.
Ray
 
#6
really like the recycling involved. How did you roll the flat into a circle?

Really nice end product.

Cheers Mal
 
#7
Thanks Mal
I have a HF table top shear press roller setup I bought many years back. Since the flat did not have to be precise I just worked it back and forth in the rollers until it was close. The starting end was worked with a hammer and cut to length.
The clock has tabs to hold it in place and they have are flexible and very forgiving.

Ray
 
#8
You guys never cease to amaze me! Very nice. With fathers day coming up this would make a great gift. Again great job!
 
#9
That's a great idea solo and thank you.

Ray
 
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