Mantel Manometer

Mantel Manometer

PostBy: joeq On: Sun Feb 19, 2017 5:29 pm

Shhhh! (This discussion is between us only. If the Mrs. finds out I'm taking time off from trimming out her kitchen, I'll be in the dog house for a month. :lol: )
So Paulie was kind enuff to supply me with an analog manometer last season, and I still haven't put the time into what I was planning on doing. That is, making it look more "domesticated',than commercial. My old Dwyers Mach something or other worked fine, but we weren't that impressed with the styling in our setting, seeing it's in the living area. (Pay no attention to the dust on the mantel. It was placed there for other purposes.) :whistle:
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Anyway, I searched many photo ideas of mantel clocks, because my thought of making the manometer blend in, is to disguise it as a clock. I don't want the piece to be too big or complicated, so I'm just going to build the traditional style clock housing. I've had a bunch of 6/4 chestnut lumber for years, and think I'll use a piece of it for this project. These boards are a few possibilities, and I cut out a "rough" template of what it will be. Trying to see which grain pattern will work best. I was going to make the hole with my router, but decided to buy a circle cutter for wood, that I've never owned. Hopefully it'll be quicker than making a jig or template for the router. It's coming pony express from Amazon.
This is where I'm starting from, and I'll keep you people posted if anyone is interested.
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P.S. I'm always open to ideas, opinions and suggestions. Thanks
joeq
 
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Re: Mantel Manometer

PostBy: scalabro On: Sun Feb 19, 2017 7:34 pm

That's a great idea Joe! I remember my parents had a "Seth Thomas" clock that was styled just like the one you are making. I think it will be cool :D
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Re: Mantel Manometer

PostBy: Keepaeyeonit On: Sun Feb 19, 2017 7:39 pm

Yes, yes,and yes :yes: :up: Its going to look great, just do It :D . I like the look and Its not the industrial look like I have.
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Re: Mantel Manometer

PostBy: grumpy On: Sun Feb 19, 2017 7:47 pm

:up: :clap:
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Re: Mantel Manometer

PostBy: joeq On: Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:53 pm

So what do I see in the bottom advertisement to this page, but mechanical clock parts. I have 3 or 4 of these clocks, most that have ceased to function. The wife just had one repaired at Christmas, (a wall hanging Regulator clock), but my cucu clock movement isn't working, (had it operating about 15 years), and neither is my dining room grandfather clock. I thought I was intelligent enuff to delve into clock repair, until I started researching it. Not only are my tools not small enuff, my eyes aren't up to it either. I have enuff projects to last me the rest of my life, I don't think I'll bring on any more hobbies. I'll leave it up to the pros. ;)
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Re: Mantel Manometer

PostBy: grumpy On: Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:57 pm

Getting old clocks to start working again is no easy task, They keep their problems well hidden and hard to detect..
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Re: Mantel Manometer

PostBy: franco b On: Sun Feb 19, 2017 9:05 pm

joeq wrote:Not only are my tools not small enuff, my eyes aren't up to it either.


You just need bigger clocks.
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Re: Mantel Manometer

PostBy: joeq On: Sun Feb 19, 2017 9:10 pm

LOL! Very good Richard. I would tackle that monster. Is that big Bens baby sister?
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Re: Mantel Manometer

PostBy: franco b On: Sun Feb 19, 2017 9:24 pm

joeq wrote:LOL! Very good Richard. I would tackle that monster. Is that big Bens baby sister?


It does have the gravity escapement of the Big Ben clock. That was invented to counter the force of wind, snow, and ice on the exposed hands from feeding back to the force pushing the pendulum. This clock is at the Waterbury Republican newspaper which is the former train station, and the clock powered the hands in the high tower of several hundred feet.
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Re: Mantel Manometer

PostBy: WNY On: Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:26 pm

nice idea. Scroll saw would work too. circle cutters work good too!

Good luck!
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Re: Mantel Manometer

PostBy: joeq On: Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:59 pm

Thanks Dave. A scroll saw I don't own, and I don't want to slice it with my band saw. I need to cut almost 1 1/2" deep, and I'm hoping to be able to go that deep with the cutter. If I need to cut from both sides, so be it.
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Re: Mantel Manometer

PostBy: WNY On: Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:30 am

joeq wrote:Thanks Dave. A scroll saw I don't own, and I don't want to slice it with my band saw. I need to cut almost 1 1/2" deep, and I'm hoping to be able to go that deep with the cutter. If I need to cut from both sides, so be it.


not sure if you getting the circle hole saw with teeth all the way around or the cutter single blade type, but good luck with the thickness and a hole saw, they can be tricky, don't cut the board down so you can clamp it good while drilling the hole. Caution, and you may get kickback from your drill, as is rotating out of your hand when the bit stops! if you're using a hand drill. been there! take it slow and hold on!
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Re: Mantel Manometer

PostBy: Rob R. On: Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:36 am

Is it really necessary to have real-time draft readings for a hand-fed stove? I understand that it probably allows you to really dial it in, but it seems kind of out of place for an antique stove.
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Re: Mantel Manometer

PostBy: waldo lemieux On: Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:33 am

Precisely why he is putting it in a antique clock bezel. I think its an awesome idea. Joeq , if I was you Id buy a long router bit and go at it like that, Ive never drilled chestnut but its probably harder n hell. WNY makes a great point about "drill your hole in the stock first and then do your layout from that." And yes please keep us posted with pics, I am good at getting satisfaction vicariously so I don't have to do much to feel whole :D
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Re: Mantel Manometer

PostBy: Sunny Boy On: Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:52 am

If you try to bore a hole too deep with a hole cutter it usually heats up enough to discolor the wood all around the edge of the hole. Boring from the backside, it's tougher than you think to get the holes to meet up unless your very careful about setup and camping/indexing the work on a drill press. Been there and finally invested in a set of Fostner bits.

If you are building up the thickness with laminations, then bore the holes first. Then align the laminations by the bore holes when you glue up. Then cut out the profile after.

And yes, chestnut is very hard. Much like working with white oak. The good news is that it doesn't have the white oak dog poop smell when you cut into it. :D

Paul
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