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Restoring an Uprighting Tool

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Bought an upright tool off eBay and there was one problem, no bottom alignment rod. So, found a piece of stock Brass and carved it up on my Lathe. This is the result.01a31f15ea344805d6529571a724d4d7.jpg

The nails on one of the hinges were out and the hinge was rusted in place. So I used some small pointy watchmakers screws and replaced the nails.88cb06b53d3abc61d12eab7a885add0e.jpg I then oiled the hinges and worked them in nicely.

Next, the box fabric was unglued on the Tom so I lifted up the fabric and spread a light layer of Elmer’s glue between the wood and the black cloth: and put 4 magic books on top for an hour.a520fb10c64adf478d1d892340146d96.jpg

Next step was to blacken the box as there were chips of cloth missing and it just looked tattered. So I used Kiwi Color shoe shine and it worked like a charm.1fe919c2ec0927a730559b5846fb808d.jpg

Now I needed to shine up the cloth on the inside of the box the same was...and used a paintbrush for the corners bu dipping it in the show shine. Then I needed to clean up the red velvet on the inside so I used a lint role: as well as tearing off a piece for the tight spots. I also needed to clean up some aging mold sobthe line roll with some help with a fine screwdriver worker great. I then shoe polished where the mold was.c38736a72e48b160791aaa90ea98f8ac.jpg

The last step was to polish the Uprighting Tool using Peek and a lot of elbow grease.b5da5d42c82f8e2d5374fed3c438fa80.jpg

Here is the before and aftere574494366ceb131d2096b9fd1056a4b.jpg75d165b9ef71391d20df7757f13fc9ed.jpgAnd the Final.

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Nice, I have this on my want list as I want to learn to repair fusee watches (and eventually verge fusee) and its not uncommon for those old watches to of been bushed at some point, and not always correctly, which is where the depthing and uprighting tools come in to use.

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Nice, I have this on my want list as I want to learn to repair fusee watches (and eventually verge fusee) and its not uncommon for those old watches to of been bushed at some point, and not always correctly, which is where the depthing and uprighting tools come in to use.

I just needed to have this tool, in case I need to make a plate....or other alignment work. But if I never, it is a cool tool from the past.


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