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    Default Backboard completed

    The backboard with the borer eaten tongue and groove has been repaired and twenty coats of shellac applied to the decorative sections. Its gone into storage while I complete the hood and false back/front restorations which are partly done.
    Also, the leather for the top of the clock arrived Friday. Really nice, flexible sheep skin in a burgundy colour which is shade or two darker in colour to the rotten leather taken off, but is the closest I could find and suits the clock.

    Before:

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    After:

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    The top clock mechanism mounting board, which pulls the tongue and groove sections tight together, has not been attached as yet.
    Progress will be slower now as itís back to work after two weeks off

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    Auscab,

    Is your cleaning mix of Linseed oil and mineral turps a general cleaning mix or is it specifically for old dry raw wood?

    Boiled LO?

    Thanks Yvan

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    Itís a soloution used by professional restorers Yvan and has a few uses. Itís used a lot as a soloutinn when rubbing Back a finish with a fine paper . You have to have a soloution to keep the paper from clogging . Itís used when rubbing back with steel wool to wash it clean . It leaves the work ready to go on and polish straight away when buffed dry first . Itís also used as a good way of reviving a dusty piece thatís been polished but has gathered dust in the cracks and corners . We used to go over the furniture at an Antique fair after it was delivered and before the doors opened . Itís used on the showroom floor or in the house like this . This is not done on waxed furniture . It would be dissolving the wax off . Hard polished finishes only . Itís good on old dry raw stuff as well . One of my favourite ways of giving something a lovely feel , like inside new drawers , is to rub back the wood with fine paper and o&t . Buff it dry and give it a very quick rubber with thin polish . About 30 seconds worth . You can use Raw or Boiled in the mix .
    Donít use it in metal moving parts like locks unless you really make sure itís cleaned off . If you leave anything to wet with it , woodwork included , the turps evaporates and the oil dries slowly . Itíll go all sticky .

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    Default Lenticle

    The lenticle is a thin pressed brass sheet with a classic design that covers a window in the lower tail section of the clock. You can see the pendulum swinging through it.


    608065E4-F561-4303-B9A5-55F97B62670B.jpeg This is not my clock - just an example of a lenticle placement.


    The one on my clock was badly damaged as they are so thin they are easily torn.
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    I cleaned the old one using a clock makers brass cleaning solution and, while it came up a treat, the damage really stood out.


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    So I went on a hunt on the WEB and I found a source of second hand ones but they too had some damage. Then I found a place in Holland that makes them from new in the old design. Got an almost exact copy of mine.

    This just arrived from Holland Not cheap but worth it.

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    Slow but steady and its all coming together.

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