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  1. I’m sure we are all intrigued about your lingerie searches my friend lol
  2. Mmmmm interesting, but that would mean the barrel opening is down the tube so to speak, if you see what I mean. I will look at the pictures again. I did ask my Chinese seller what they were for and they said they will get back to me, so when they do I’ll post here.
  3. Who’s knows, I ordered mine this morning, 20-40 days to arrive, the joys of China post
  4. welcome to the hobby, i bought my staking set at a clock and watch fair for £85 this included various stumps aswell, my lathe from an auction along with numerous other tools. i also have a number of tools from china, and to be fair they work well, some will disagree but even Mark has a few chinese tools so they cant be that bad. i,m just about to pull the trigger on a chinese mainspring winder set, im happy to wind in by hand and have been for a few years now and as these sets are reasonbly cheao ill take a punt at it. cousinsuk can be surprisingly cheap for quite alot of stuff, what i do know is that having the correct tool for the job is a must. and im sure your local smith will be more than happy to change out the balance staff for you, getbto him\her as they will be a font of knowledge and help for you in the future.
  5. cant help you im afraid but im also going to get one of these sets, ive been wondering when the chinese market was going to make mainspring winders and here we have a half decent set. I did put a best offer on a set on ebay but the seller refused my offer and counter offered a price £1 lower than the asking price.. I shall take my money to aliexpress where i can get one for £30 less than ebay
  6. along with the damaged jewel, have you been oiling the pallet? it has been said on here before i believe that some of us dont oil the pallet fork jewels due to the lightness of said component etc, anyway it has been proved that not oiling the pallet fork jewels can increase the amplitude without any detrimental effect on the train
  7. Yes, I’m happily we’ll versed in these movements I do have quite a few in my collection, admittedly I need to renew a few plugs ( tampons ) but I believe it was you old hippy that pointed me in the right direction when I started on cylinder movements for good information. I have the two plugs but the cylinder has snapped and I need to make a new cylinder then re fit the plugs
  8. Many thanks for the info, I have some blued steel in small diameters that I bought from a watch fair, I believe the largest size I have is 2mm maybe 3 mm. I will invest in some small silver steel rod and when time allows I’ll have a go at the cylinder.
  9. I must admit using the cross side does save time and also cuts nice and true on length of job, but like you I will turn the pivots by hand next time as I’ll get a better job done. with ref to the cylinders, what metal do you use for the rod, is it just silver steel?
  10. Huge thanks for the replies, it will be documented and it will be trial and error just to see how it goes, I did see a post which old hippy answered about changing the cylinder escapement to a lever escapement which is nice to know is possible if everything is fails. I had a play on my Axminster model engineer lathe this morning and turned a rather large balance staff ( as per BHI lesson 9 ) it’s no where near perfect ( pivots ) and isn’t polished as per instructions but was turned using a cross slide for everything. In future I will do all pivots by hand on my Lorch 6mm!!
  11. Ok I’m putting this out there without really doing any research ( as I can’t find anything ) or measuring the cylinder that I have that is broke. So, can you make a cylinder for an escapement, I have both plugs in good order. The cylinder has snapped, it’s on a small french drum movement approx 18 cm across and the escarpment is on a platform like a carriage clock. Im thinking of getting some rod fitted up in the lathe turn it down to the required outside diameter and marking the cut out and let’s say for arguments sake file away the material, then mark the centre and fingers crossed there’s a drill bit of the exact diameter needed, drill through the said rod and then part the rod with May be abit of tidying up etc then fit the plugs and then onto escape wheel. Im guessing the principle is good but no one has attempted this and most will think it’s a worthless exercise, what are your thoughts? I cannot find clock cylinders on the bay or anywhere on the net, loads of pocket watch ones but no clock ones.
  12. Well all in line as best as I can tell, happily ticks away for approx 10 minutes then over banks, I had a post red this pocket watch a while ago, seems to be one of these problematic movements that is going to be on and off the bench for a while now
  13. Pin pallet escapement adjustment and repair mate
  14. Just looked at that book and it appears to be more for clocks. I’m working on a pin pallet pocket watch, although I might still get it and add it to my growing collection
  15. Watchweasol many thanks for the info I will search for it with intent to purchase
  16. Gents many thanks for the replies, I will endeavour to carry out what has been explained to me and let you know how I get on.
  17. Joe, many many thanks for the info, may I ask where you got it from ( book etc ) it has been a great help and I will let you all know how it goes Friday when I’m back at the bench indulging myself in my hobby for the day
  18. Yes I saw that also, and the manipulation of the pin arms themselves for the correct lock etc. I was wondering if there was a ref point to work from for the impulse jewel ( ok it doesn’t have a jewel but a nice piece of brass ) to be in line. If the movement is powered down the impulse jewel sits off centre to the fork.
  19. Fellow horologists, happy new year to you all and thanks for all the help so far and in the coming years. Right here we go, I’m wondering wether or how do you set a pin pallet movement in beat? as there are no pins for the pallet there is no visual reference of where the impulse jewel should sit when at rest. So having read a few of Mr De Carle books where pin pallets are mentioned but he doesn’t mention anything about putting in beat.
  20. Cheers for the replies guys, I was wondering if I was being to heavy handed, I was taught by my father how to use a lathe many years ago (machinist) that obviously had a cross slide on it. Never once did a dull a tool on that. I think I will try some of the carbide gravers and see how they fair, I think I’ve had enough practice on sharpening gravers now
  21. Ok guys, I’m struggling abit here with my gravers. I start on a course (ish) stone, then onto a fine oil stone then onto Arkansas stone, all using 3 in 1 oil as lube, I get reasonable results, very sharp but only for about 5 -10 minutes of work on blued steel. Not working them hard either, just getting a little despondent with the amount of time im sharpening as to time spent turning. How do you sharpen and how long does the sharpness stay??
  22. I believe you present the barrel to the winder in your hand with the mainspring already on the winder and you feed/guide the mainspring into the barrel with a finger whilst winding.
  23. That made no sense at all mate. For a mainspring you can remove by hand, and you are correct with the grease and light oiling. As for putting the mainspring back in the barrel, I generally put mine in by hand but I also have a number of mainspring winders, no matter how I put them in the barrel I always wear either finger cots or latex gloves. These stop your hands getting greasy but more importantly stop contamination of the mainspring from the oils in your skin.
  24. Haha, just followed your link, well I was way off, seriously I would buy that watch from amazon and swap the movements out. I’ll tell you now this hobby can get very expensive so for that money I’d get it
  25. Don’t get despondent mate, keep at it, I haven’t looked at your link yet but am I correct in thinking that the movement you are working on is a dg2813, a standard 21j Chinese movement that can be picked up for around £20 complete.
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