FAQs - clock building
1. How do I build a clock?
That is NOT a silly question. Here are some guidelines for those who may not have built a clock before.
a. Select the medium you wish to use. Clocks can be made from just about any material you can think of, including:-
- Wood - sawn, driftwood, swamp Kauri, recycled
- Sheetmetal - aluminium, galvanized iron, copper, tin plate
- Cast aluminium
- Paper and cardboard
- Paper machie
- Sour dough
- Found objects ie. film reel cans, hubcaps, records and CDs
- Plastic sheets ie. Acrylic sheeting
- Medium density fibreboard
- Stone - lime stone, slate, marble, greenstone
b. Design the clock. Sketch what you wish to make and consider:-
- wall clock, mantle clock or floor standing clock (grandfather clock)
- design - modern, traditional
- dial design - round, square, etc
- hand design - straight, serpentine, spade etc.
- marks or numerals to help tell the Timeworx
- finish - painted, lacquered, stained, natural
Select movement, hands and numerals (where required) from the TIMEWORX catalogue and order to suit your design.
c. MAKE sure the correct hand lengths and movements, with suitable shaft lengths, are available to suit your design.
It is MUCH easier selecting the clock parts BEFORE you build your clock, than AFTER. Do not waste all your effort on a great clock, if the parts are not available!!
You have been warned!!
d. Finally, obtain all your raw materials and start building your clock - good luck!!
2. Will other suppliers' hands fit the TIMEWORX movements?Probably not, as all movement manufacturers use different shaft diameters and, hands need to be made specifically for that movement design.
3. Will other suppliers movements fit the TIMEWORX hands?Probably not - as above each hand is designed for a specific movement
4. How accurate are TIMEWORX movements?TIMEWORX movements are accurate to +/- 20 seconds per month assuming a good quality battery is used.
5. How long will the movement last?Quartz battery operated standard and pendulum movements generally last 4 years but we have had some run happily for 6 years.
See point 6 re What effects movement life.
6. What effects movement life?Movement life can be affected by high humidity, excess heat, magnetic fields, mechanical vibrations, etc. Tip - Use an ";Energizer Battery" for best results and change each year.
Quartz movements generally run for 12 months without the need to change the battery.
7. How long will the battery last?
8. What hands should I order?Most clocks use an hour hand, minute hand and a second hand. The second hand is optional. Time and Tide movements require a tide indicator hand and this must be ordered with the movement.
9. Can anyone make a clock?Yes - TIMEWORX supplies people of all ages and persuasions throughout New Zealand. Some people make clocks for fun, others for presents, and some manufacture and sell their clocks.
10. Arabic or Roman numerals?Arabic numerals are 1,2,3,4,5……Roman are I,II,III,IV,V……..You can use either on your clock, but it is advised NOT to mix the styles.
11. Analogue or digital?Analogue is a &"pictorial" display, like a clock or watch face or graph. Digital uses only digits 1,2,3,4,5…. to show the time. An analogue clock, or watch, will show quarter to 8, whereas a digital clock will read 7.45.00 am/pm.
Analogue is easier for most people to read. Digital is more precise in its reading.
12. Where do I find information on clocks?
Try these sources:-
a. your local public or school library
c. the NET - search on clocks, time, etc. or use our links to various clock based sites
d. suppliers brochures
e. Horrological Institutes and Organisations