CLOCK PLANS AND CLOCK DESIGNS FOR AMATEUR CLOCKMAKERS

Canít decide which clock to make? Donít know where to look for designs and plans for clocks? Well, now your search is over. This is a comprehensive list of readily available designs for clocks of many different types. There should be one here which is just what youíre looking for! Unfortunately I don't have access to any of these plans. If you need to find one you could try searching the net, or try BHI or perhaps the Model Engineer copying service. Or see the notes at the end of the table.

Clock

Author

Publication

Remarks

Making an 8 Day Longcase Clock

Alan Timmins

book (avail from BHI)

Full details for grandfather type clock. Available from Camden Books & BHI.

A Watchmakers Workshop Regulator

Alan Timmins

Horological Journal 1981

Very good description, easy to follow. Ball bearing arbors, adjustable pallets, 8 day dead-beat escapement.

An 8 Day Rack Strike Longcase Clock

A J Timmins

Engineering in Miniature, Dec 1979

Series.

30 Hour Tompion Clock

Alec Price

Engineering in Miniature, Nov 1994

Spring driven pendulum clock.

Synchronome Clock

C Blazdell

Model Engineer series started 5th April 1968

Construction series for simple and accurate electric pendulum clock.

Electric Clock

C R Jones

Model Engineer series started 26th Jan 1950

Electric pendulum clock based on the Hipp principle. See modifications by John Stevens in Model Engineer 21st Feb 1975.

Electric Clock

C R Jones

Model Engineer series started 29th May 1952

Half seconds pendulum clock based on the Hipp principle.

Making a Chiming Grandfather Clock

Claude Reeve

book

Available from BHI.

Regulator Clock with Gravity Escapement

Claude Reeve

Model Engineer series started 26th May 1960

A superb timekeeper with a one second pendulum and Grimthorpe's famous and fascinating movement. For experts only.

Musical Clock

Claude Reeve

book

A weight driven 8 day pendulum grandfather type clock with dead-beat escapement and chiming. Only for experts. (Plan G10 Ė Nexus Special Interests).

Regulator Clock

Claude Reeve

Model Engineer series started 18th July 1980

A weight driven 8 day regulator pendulum grandfather type clock. (Plan G7 Ė Nexus Special Interests). John wilding revisited this design in a series in Model Engineer in 2005 (volume 194, issue 4248).

Bracket Clock

Claude Reeve

Model Engineer series 1971

Spring and fusee striking and repeating bracket clock.

One year Clock

Claude Reeve

Reprinted in The Clockmaker Oct/Nov 1990

Reprint of articles first published in 1951

One year Clock

W Botton (Claude Reeve design)

Model Engineer series started 3rd Aug 1984

A weight driven pendulum grandfather type clock with dead-beat escapement designed to go for a year without winding. Only for experts. Construction series.

8 Day Skeleton Timepiece

Colin Thorne

Plan (avail from Lautard)

Going barrel, recoil escapement, bar frames. Simple and elegant design.

Benjamin Franklinís Clock

Colin Thorne

plan (avail from Lautard)

30-hour version of Ben Franklinís well known 3-wheel single-handed clock, weight driven pendulum.

Double Barrel Skeleton Clock

Colin Thorne

plan (avail from Lautard)

A sturdy little "double barrelled" skeleton clock design using twin going barrels

Double Fusee Skeleton Clock

Colin Thorne

plan (avail from Lautard)

Gothic architecture" style frame, back-striking, recoil escapement with maintaining power.

Fromanteel Clock

Colin Thorne

plan (avail from Lautard)

Based on a clock dated 1658. 8-day going barrel movement, verge escapement, cycloidal cheeks, false pendulum showing in an aperture in the dial.

James Ferguson Clock

Colin Thorne

plan (avail from Lautard)

James Fergusonís unusual single hand clock with window showing the hours. Weight driven, with endless chain. Plans cover movement and dial only.

Salomon Coster Clock

Colin Thorne

plan (avail from Lautard)

8-day clock spring driven, based on example in the Rijksmuseum, Holland. Features a robust verge escapement with cycloidal cheek suspension.

How to make a Wooden Wheeled Clock & Dead Centre Turning

E J Tyler

book

Available from Camden Books & BHI.

8 Day Wall Clock

J Lowndes

Model Engineer two-part series started 17th December 1976

Similar to the Wilding design, but has date work. A general description and drawings are shown but few constructional notes. Experienced builders only.

Marking out and crossing clock wheels

J Malcolm Wild

Model Engineer series started 15th July 1983

Two parts (with 19th August 1983) on marking out clock wheels for crossing out, and piercing and finishing.

Striking Lantern Clock

J Malcolm Wild

Model Engineer series started 5th Sep 1975

Reproduction 17th Century brass frame weight driven short-bob pendulum clock with gear that strikes on the hour. One hand to show time, with verge escapement.

Construction of the Merlin Band Clock

J Wright

book

available from BHI

Hipp Electric Clock

John Radford

Model Engineer series started 16th Oct 1970

Construction series of simple pendulum electric clock.

How to make and English Style Bracket Clock

John Tyler

book

With instructions for case.

30 Hour Alarm Clock

John Wilding

book (avail from ritetimepublishing)

30 hour weight driven brass open case pendulum clock with alarm. Reproduction of 17th century type clock. Full description included.

8 Day Wall Clock

John Wilding

book (avail from ritetimepublishing)

Weight driven clock, one second pendulum design to mount on wall with exposed pendulum and weights. Can be mounted within case if required to make a "grandfather" clock. Well written with beginner in mind. Comprehensive.

8 Day Wall Clock with Seconds Dial

John Wilding

Horological Journal 1990

Variation of above clock with additional seconds hand.

A Small Weight Driven Tower Clock Movement

John Wilding

book (avail from ritetimepublishing)

?

Brass Frame Alarm Clock

John Wilding

Model Engineer series started 16th May 1986

An elegant and simple clock with a straight line train and open frames. Construction series. Weight driven with verge escapement and alarm. Also available as book.

Construction of a Congreve Rolling Ball Clock

John Wilding

book (avail from ritetimepublishing)

Available from Camden Books.

Construction of a Drum Water Clock

John Wilding

book (avail from ritetimepublishing)

Simple water-filled drum unwinds down two ropes. Not accurate but a conversation piece.

Construction of a Large Balance Wheel Electric Clock

John Wilding

book (avail from ritetimepublishing)

Also published in The Clockmaker June/July 1991. Murdayís electric balance clock.

Construction of a Large Wheel Skeleton Clock

John Wilding

book (avail from ritetimepublishing)

Well described. Also appeared in Time Craft magazine.

Construction of a Wooden Clock

John Wilding

book (avail from ritetimepublishing)

With set of full sized drawings

Crystal Wheel Skeleton Clock

John Wilding

book (avail from ritetimepublishing)

?

Electric Clock

John Wilding

Model Engineer series started 11th Sep 1998

Update of design by C R Jones. This is an easily made clock using the Hipp type movement. It has a 3/4 seconds pendulum. Construction series. Further revised by Tony Jeffree 11th Sep 2000.

How to Construct a Scissors Clock

John Wilding

book (avail from ritetimepublishing)

Available from Camden Books.

How to Construct a Scissors Clock and a Fusee Grooving Tool

John Wilding

book (avail from ritetimepublishing)

?

How to Construct a Tavern or Act of Parliament Clock

John Wilding

book (avail from ritetimepublishing)

8 day weight driven pendulum clock with large face similar to public type clocks. Full description included.

How to Construct a Wooden Clock

John Wilding

book (avail from ritetimepublishing)

Includes a set of full size drawings. Available from Camden Books.

How to make a Simple 16th Century Style Clock

John Wilding

book (avail from ritetimepublishing)

?

How to Make an English Regulator Clock

John Wilding

book (avail from ritetimepublishing)

12 chapters on the construction of a fine weight driven regulator pendulum clock and case.

How to make Galileoís Escapement

John Wilding

book (avail from ritetimepublishing)

Just the escapement, no clock attached.

Jubilee Electric Clock

John Wilding

Model Engineer series started 2nd Oct 1992

Edgar T Westbury designed this pendulum clock. John Wilding has here updated and improved it. See also 16th Dec 1994, p747 for readerís suggestions. (Plan G8 Ė Nexus Special Interests). Also available as a book.

Machining and Construction of a Castle Clock

John Wilding

book (avail from ritetimepublishing)

?

Scroll Frame Skeleton Clock

John Wilding

book (avail from ritetimepublishing)

Spring driven with fusee. Full description included.

The Construction of a Modern Tower Clock Installation

John Wilding

book (avail from ritetimepublishing)

With striking

The Construction of an English Dial Clock

John Wilding

book (avail from ritetimepublishing)

With datework and instructions for the case.

Building a One Wheel Clock

John Wilding

Clock Magazine (date unknown)

?

The Aquarius Clock

John Orange

Model Engineer 1981

?

Regulator Clock

Peter Heimann

Model Engineer series started 12th Feb 1999

Simple weight driven pendulum clock with separate dials for seconds, minutes and hours. 8 day, dead-beat escapement, adjustable pallets.

A Pedestal Clock

Peter Heimann

Model Engineer series started 29 December 2005

A pendulum clock, weight driven which sits atop a casing which hides the fall of the weight.

Wall Regulator Clock

Peter Heimann

Model Engineer series started November 2002

Pendulum clock with three-plate movement.

Repton 8 day clock

Stan Bray

Model Engineer series started 16th Jan 1998

Basic 8 day one second pendulum weight driven clock suitable for wall or case. Kit available with ready-cut gears from BHI.

Grasshopper Clock

W R Smith

Model Engineer series started 18th Nov 1983

An elegant skeleton type clock with an interesting "Harrison" grasshopper escapement which is pretty to look at. Also available as book from BHI.

How to Build a Lyre Skeleton Clock

W R Smith

book

?

How to make a Skeleton Wall Clock

W R Smith

book

?

How to make a Strutt Epicyclic Clock

W R Smith

book

?

English Dial Clock

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plan

Plan G12 Ė Nexus Special Interests.

Ferris Wheel Clock

Richard Stephen

Model Engineer series started 5th April 2002

An unusual clock powered by falling ball bearings working on the rim of the great wheel. The balls are elevated by a hidden electric motor.

30 Day Vienna Regulator

Richard Stephen

Horological Journal, Series started March 2000

Advanced design pendulum clock with two driving weights, dead-beat escapement, ball bearings, titanium escape wheel and other interesting ideas. Experts only.

The Strutt Epicyclic Geared Clock

Richard Stephen

Time Craft magazine

Very interesting design by master clockmaker.

A Beginners Clock

Eliot Isaacs

Engineering in Miniature, July 1984

A series of 11 articles, reprinted in The Clockmaker starting May 1990

A Pin Wheel transparency Clock

Harold Auger

Time Craft magazine

Description plus glass case.

The Eureka Electric Clock

Artificer

The Clockmaker June/July 1990

Reprinted from Model Engineer

A Skeleton Clock with Lever Escapement

John Stevens

Model Engineer 1972

Interesting.

How to Construct a Quarter Chiming Clock

Unknown

The Clockmaker Feb/Mar 1991

Reprints of articles in English Mechanics 1890, updated in 1910/11

Constructing a Clock with Rieflers Escapement

J Warbey

The Clockmaker Oct/Nov 1991

Series. Description given in June/July 1991 issue.

Eureka Battery Electric Clock

Alec Price

Engineering in Miniature, April 1996

?

An Electric Master Clock (Synchronome)

Eliot Isaacs

Engineering in Miniature, 1987

?

An Electric Clock with Semi-Free Balance

Stanley Wise

Model Engineer 10/11/1949

?

Longcase Clock Movement with Epicyclic Maintaining Work

Jack Lox

Time Craft magazine (date unknown)

Full details and interesting design.

The Schroder Clock

Douglas Bateman

Horological Journal

Brief description of interesting clock.

Beginners Weight Driven Clock

Robert Boyes

Model Engineer series started 14 June 2002

Simple weight driven pendulum clock with beginner in mind. Bar frames.

How to Make a Foliot Clock

Steven Conover

book

Weight driven skeleton type with foliot balance, single hand, 88 page book with 73 photos and drawings. See: http://www.clockmakersnewsletter.com/books.html

Building an American Clock Movement

Steven Conover

book

See: http://www.clockmakersnewsletter.com/books.html

How to Build a Regulator Clock

J Huckabee

82 page book

With critical notes & photos. Available from AWI, Cincinatti, Ohio, USA

Tower Clock and How to Make It

E Ferson

book

no details (can anyone advise?)

A Striking Bracket Clock

John Parslow

Model Engineer Volume 206 number 4400 (series 2011)

A simple timepiece and attractive bracket clock.

Portable Universal Sundial

David Wilcox

Model Engineer series started 15 November 2002

A very nice design with instructions for making an equation of time chart.

Replica 18th Century Hooded Wall Clock

Ian Beilby

Model Engineer Volume 190 Issue 4192 (series)

No information.

Replica Wallingford Clock

Don Unwin

Model Engineer Volume 191 Issue 4207 (series)

Recreation of a 14th Century clock.

World Time Dial Clock

Ian Beilby

Model Engineer Volume 191 Issue 4208 (series)

Unusual project.

Woodwards Gearless Mechanical Clock

John Wilding

Model Engineer Volume 192 Issue 4217 (series)

An interesting project.

John Harrison's "H3" Sea Clock Replica

Don Unwin

Model Engineer Volume 193 Issue 4235 (series)

A monumental undertaking.

French Great Wheel Clock

Ian Beilby

Model Engineer Volume 195 Issue 4255 (series)

Kit supplied by Classic Clock Kits.

16 Day Pedestal Clock

Peter Heimann

Model Engineer Volume 195 Issue 4262 (series)

No information.

Two Skeleton CLocks in the style of John Harrison

J S Pratt

Model Engineer Volume 196 Issue 4276 (series)

No information.

Magnetic Drive Clock

Richard Stephen

Model Engineer Volume 198 Issue 44293 & Volume 199 issue 4308 (series)

Challenging project.

15 day Skeleton Timepiece

John Parslow

Model Engineer Volume 200 Issue 4322 (series)

No information.

How to make a Grasshopper Escapement

Richard Stephen

Model Engineer Volume 204 Issue 4380 (series)

Another challenging project from this prolific author.

Making a Wall-Mounted Sundial

Tony Finn

Model Engineer Volume 204 Issue 4375

Unusual project.

Marine Chronometer

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If you know the reference for this one - email me urgently!!!

Easily made accurate marine chronometer with bimetallic balance, spring detent escapement and fusee. Faithful copy of old maritime type.

Mantel Clock with Detent Escapement

F J Peacock & P N Roberts

An article on how to make a mantle clock with a chronometer type escapement. It details the construction of the components.

British Horological Journal January 1990.

Tower Clock (full size)

Earl Bixby Ferson

A book on the tower clock made for the University of Chicago

Available as a reprint. This is a full size movement.

John Wilding's books may be purchased from John Wilding, or from Camden Books in England.

Colin Thorneís books are available from Amazon and Camden Miniature Steam Services:

US and Canadian clockmakers may purchase W R Smith's clock plans & videos and John Wilding's books on-line from Clocktools.

US and Canadian clockmakers may get copies of Colin Thorneís books from Guy Lautard. His site includes pictures of Thorne's clocks - very useful if you donít know what they look like!.

Know of more clock designs not listed here? Comments on any of the designs listed? email me with details and I will include them in this list. Everyone will benefit. Created by Philip Coleman, Sydney, Australia.

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