Do a web search on clocks and william smith.
Mr smith is well know in this field and sells numorous books on clock
making that are very well done. He is quite old now, so I recommend
buying them while they are still available.
Second that, Chuck! W.R. Smith is tops in his field. He is a master at
making small parts in a lathe. In the mid 90's Home Shop Machinist ran a
series of construction articles by Mr. Smith, detailing small lathe
accessories. One of the accessories was "A Quick Release T - Rest for the
Sherline Lathe". I built one of those. It is a top-notch piece of
equipment! Sherline sells that same rest for around $200. Smith's book,
"Clockmaking and Model Making Tools and Techniques" is also highly
Mr. Smith sells reprints of his construction articles, condensed into
a nice booklet. In fact at least one series was never completely published
but his books are complete. Mr Smith even answers email!
I want one, but have not found the time to make it. I would buy it
but sherline simplifed it a little to make it easier to manufacture
and I'm not willing to compromise.
I have only about three weeks work left on W.R.Smith's Skeleton Wall Clock.
Been working on it for almost 18 months. Pix to follow if I can figure out
BTW, I'm still have to make the hands. Smith has you cut them out of 1/32"
mild steel with a jeweler's saw, file them convex on the top, polish them
and then heat blue. I can't find 1/32" mild steel so I'm going to shave off
a few tenths from a piece of tool steel I have. I test blued some; it looks
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