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Member postings for David Noble

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Thread: Mr. Bazeley's' rotating pendulum clock
05/06/2020 13:08:27
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 05/06/2020 11:18:54:

It’s a scrappy little photo, David ... but this should point you in the right direction : **LINK**

... unless of course that’s where you started angel


Thanks Michael but you are correct, that is where I started


05/06/2020 13:07:44
Posted by Journeyman on 05/06/2020 10:05:50:

Possibly *** THIS ***


Hello John,

Thank you for that. I did see it but wondered if it was what I was looking for.


05/06/2020 08:33:20

I read about this clock on John Wilding's site, does anyone have any further information on it please? A photo' would be wonderful.

Many Thanks, David

Thread: Steam Powered Workshop
01/06/2020 09:38:39

When I went to work in the machine shop of a large plastic extrusion company in the 80's, I was surprised that the first job I was given was to skim the O.D. of a flat belt pulley as the domeing had become worn away. I thought they had disappeared long before. smiley


Thread: Wilding’s tower clock
26/05/2020 08:21:26

Coming from a very new clockmaker, I would encourage you to have a go and enjoy the journey. I did


Thread: Large Wheel Skeleton Clock Mod's
23/05/2020 22:21:11
Posted by lfoggy on 23/05/2020 20:44:05:

David, if you could post details that would be great. Will try and find the video you are referring to as well.

It looks like you made it out of stainless, is that right? Also can't tell from the picture how big it is.

Hello Ifoggy, It's 100mm i.d. and 130mm o.d. made from CZ120 engraving brass.

I emailed Chris at Clickspring and he very generously sent me this reply:-

"Hi David,

No problem at all - The cutter is fairly straight forward, just a 120 degree apex swept through an arc of radius 9mm. I indexed approximately 170 to 180, but I don't recall exactly what I used. You will find the DOC by experimentation, as the valleys begin to interset at a nice peak.

Best wishes with it!

Cheers, Chris. "

There were a few problems to overcome such as releasing the bezel from the wax chuck without using heat which would have discoloured the brass. I found that acetone dissolved the superglue quite well.

Any questions, please ask.


23/05/2020 22:04:03
Posted by Martin Kyte on 23/05/2020 18:20:11:

Excellent work, but not sure it's to my taste. But then I'm not a fan of ornate clocks I'm sure you like lots. I'd like to see it on the clock to really tell though.

regards Martin

Thank you Martin. Vive la differance

I have the clock in bits at the moment for a few modifications so I'll try to remember to post a photo' when it's back together.


23/05/2020 22:01:38
Posted by Craig Brown 2 on 23/05/2020 17:49:34:

When I saw this in Clicksprings video I was quite frankly blown away. Such an effective design, that just looks fantastic.

Great job on yours David

Thank you Craig, very kind


23/05/2020 15:31:53

Thank you lfoggy.

Recessed the back to take the dial, then mounted it horizontally on the dividing head and cut 120deg 'V' s with a boring head. If you like, I can post exact details.


23/05/2020 11:05:23

After having John Wilding's clock running for a while now, my wife suggested that the face looked out of proportion! So I copied the excellent Clickspring's bezel that he made for his clock.



Thread: What Did You Do Today 2020
22/05/2020 20:13:48

After seeing Clickspring's bezel that he made for his clock, I made a blatant copy!


Thread: Firt time at indexing
16/05/2020 22:34:19
Posted by JasonB on 16/05/2020 17:23:03:

Bobs figures are correct David

12 x 4 = 48

18/21 = 3.428

48 + 3.528 = 51.428

360/7 = 51.428

Red Face! The old adage is as true as always "fools rush in"


16/05/2020 17:18:43

Hello Bob,

Is that a Sorba table with 90 to1 reduction? If so it ought to have been 12 turns and 9 holes on a 21 hole circle.

Message me if I can help.


Thread: Large Balance Wheel Clock
14/05/2020 23:05:23
Posted by V8Eng on 14/05/2020 20:21:06:

I thought the different time zones in the U.K. had been done away with when the Railways came😉devil

Edited By V8Eng on 14/05/2020 20:30:26

Spot on 😎 Lancaster is 10 minutes behind Greenwich  


Edited By David Noble on 14/05/2020 23:11:36

14/05/2020 19:52:31
Posted by Bob Stevenson on 14/05/2020 18:27:33:

David, did you make your embossed bezel?

Hello Bob,

Sorry it's a cheat! I am in the process of making a clear glass chapter ring which is proving a pain so in the meantime I found this on Etsy. It's from an old french clock and I quite like the distressed look with the crazed face. I intend replacing it at a later date.

As an aside, the third hand isn't a second hand. As a clue, albeit a vague one, I live in Lancaster on the west coast of the UK


14/05/2020 19:48:05
Posted by Martin Kyte on 14/05/2020 17:56:34:

With fretwork like that it just had to sit on a doily ;O)

Seriously, nice one.

regards Martin

Thanks Martin. Love it !!!


14/05/2020 17:24:48

Hello Sam,

Sorry for the late reply, I've just seen this.

The suggested wooden base for the clock seemed bit heavy for me so this is my alternative to it. It is called 'Gallery Banding' and it's used in furniture making as a decorative trim. Whether it's going to be permanent or not I'm not sure. We have quite a bit of victorian decor in our house and I thought the Art Nouveau design fitted quite well.

Best Wishes, David

P.S. Tilt away Sam

Edited By David Noble on 14/05/2020 17:25:32

Thread: Arc Euro Trade - Quality?
13/05/2020 23:24:27

I've bought a number of things from Arc and been very happy with the service and the products.

Usual disclaimers


Thread: Large Balance Wheel Clock
12/05/2020 19:51:08
Posted by lfoggy on 12/05/2020 18:33:39:


What did you use for the electrical contacts? I found that everything I tried corroded after a few months of running. Eventually I installed nickel silver contacts which have worked reliably for several years now.

I like your base. Did you make that as well?

Well, these might corrode yet, it hasn't run for that long. I thought for a while about contact point material and settled on a set of contact breaker points from a BMW which I found on eBay. I cut them from the existing holder and riveted them to the spring etc.


12/05/2020 10:34:46

Brilliant Howja do that???


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