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Neglected Winterhalder 3/4 Westminster cleaning

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When I received the clock it had strips of leather pinned around the door to hold the grill in, I have replaced these with strips of brass, they should be strips of wood but I gave up on the idea of steaming wood to shape on the 3rd attempt.

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If you want it to be wood try this.

Get a bit of 6 x 3/4 inch pine, draw the inside of the top of the door onto it, if you have a bandsaw, if not a copping saw will do, cut the shape. Get some veneer, cut it into the width you want, wet it so it is not brittle, wipe off any excess water. Get some PVA glue apply it, not to much as you don't want it squezzing out all over the place. Use a candle to wax to both parts of the shaped pine so it does not attach to it and clamp it all together. Leave it till the next day and it should come out the shape you want.

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I think I will leave this one as it is now but I have got a Gillett and Johnstone clock that was missing a grill on the back door, I bought a Winterhalder ages ago for spares the grill from that I cut to fit (Parts from that Winterhalder have been used on about four clocks) so I will try this to make the wood strips to hold that in place. Just to clarify I put the PVA on the veneer and by clamping it in the waxed pine shape cut it will set and keep the shape I have cut.

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Yip that is right, if you do not have candle wax handy you can just cover the pine with clingfilm, however candle wax does the job fine. This method is simple and easy and can be used to make all sorts of shapes. On W & H I said I have a no name elm clock with 5 spiral gongs with the case that looks like your Lenzkirch I will dig it out from my boxes of clocks as I think the movement very close to the W & H you have in the photos. I also have a 4 glass bim bam 1/4 strike in as new condition with original locks and keys, I will also bring that out and take a few photos and maybe give the movement a good clean it is highly polished due to it is seen from every angle. 

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Just a question, do you have a square face with a chapter dial on it for a W&H, I have W&H westminster movement and I want to put it in the case, however I don't have a dial to fit it.

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No sorry, just got a ting tang two hole round dial and a arched dial with chime silent and slow fast sub dials for a miniature ting tang, various movements and a full set of Westminster coils but no square dials spare. 

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