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Hello, I am new to the forum. I am looking for plans for a grandfather clock. I want to install mechanical works not battery operated, I am an adequate hobby woodworker. I have basic tools, nothing too fancy, so I can't do anything very complicated. Any assistance you can offer would be greatly appreciated
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Welcome to the forum, Bill! Add your location to your profile so it shows in the side panel.

We do like photos so show us your shop, tools, projects, etc. whenever you're ready. As for the plans I have no idea but I've always wanted to build one. My uncle built one out of Walnut about 50 years ago and I always thought it was amazing.

I assume you've done some searches for plans; what did you find? Anything usable and/or reasonable in cost? Do you already have your mechanism? What wood will you use?

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hi bill, when i was at your stage, i purchased a grandfather clock kit from emperor clock co. it included the movement etc. and the case was in pieces but already cut. i truly enjoyed the clock and use it to this day. worth looking in to...
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Tim - I did that too in 1980. just a simple GF clock kit with all the
pieces fitting exactly as they should. I agree, this would be the
way to go to get familiar with the gluing and fastening different
wood pieces together.
it still required quite a bit of sanding and fine tuning. but a great
teaching project. (mine was cherry and I didn't stain it).
my daughter still has that clock with the original weight driven
mechanism.
totally agree on a "kit" for the first project of this scale.

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Grandfther Clock Plans

Thank you all so much for the responses. I didn't want to start with a kit, but it may be the way to go. My tools consist of a full size Craftsman table saw, and Ryobi bench style scroll saw, sander and router, as I said before, very limited but it hasn't stopped me from having fun. I have built small box style clocks with mechanical works, but I really want to build a grandfather clock for my granddaughter. Thank you once again and stay well.


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good deal, Bill ~ and welcome to the forum !!
once you get started in your project, we would appreciate it
if you come back and share your journey with us.
a project like this is very inspirational to others with limited
space, tools and experience. plus, you can ask for any kind
of assistance along the way when you need it.
all the best !!
(and if you decide to go with a kit project, you can make all
kinds of alterations that you want to make the clock unique
to you and your skill set. it will still be "hand made" by you) !!

John

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I built an Emperor clock kit 44 years ago, it included everything but the glass and finish. I was very happy with it. I see the works alone for it now sell for over $400.00 now. The instructions were easy to understand. I was given a US savings bond from my Grandfather when he died, that he purchased when I was born... and I wanted to honor his memory, and used that bond to buy that kit.

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I have built 8 GF clocks over the years. Most have been built from plans supplied from Klockit.com Their plans are good and well detailed.
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good deal, Bill ~ and welcome to the forum !!
once you get started in your project, we would appreciate it
if you come back and share your journey with us.
a project like this is very inspirational to others with limited
space, tools and experience. plus, you can ask for any kind
of assistance along the way when you need it.
all the best !!
(and if you decide to go with a kit project, you can make all
kinds of alterations that you want to make the clock unique
to you and your skill set. it will still be "hand made" by you) !!

John

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