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On 12/12/2023 at 1:16 PM, Nucejoe said:

Frankly a used jeweld roller table get this watch out of your hair.

I finally found a junker movement on ebay just before Christmas with the jewel still in the roller table.  Unfortunately I've not been able to work on it for the last couple weeks.  I will report back when I get it back together; hopefully a success story.  Thanks guys.

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I hope all had a nice Christmas and good start to the new year.

I am finally getting back to this watch.  The donor roller table has an impulse jewel that is not perfectly straight; a ways off, I'd say.  Hopefully that can be seen in the picture.  Does this need to be corrected or will the watch run fine like this.  If it needs to be correct, can I merely warm up the shellac and reposition the jewel or do I need to remove the old shellac and start over?  I looked through my three watch repair books and searched online and didn't find an answer.  Thanks.

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As a cheap tool to help with shellacking, I bolted a handle to an old pocket watch mainplate. Held over a spirit lamp it heats slowly, so you can see when the shellac melts. I use the holes in the plate to sit a pallet or roller.

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Thanks for the advice guys.  I do have one of those tools to hold the roller table and heat up the shellac.  nice little invention mikepilk.  I'll dust off my tool and give it a try.  We finally got hit with a decent snow, so it'll be a good day to stay inside and try and fix this little guy.  Take care.

PS Can someone remind me of the way to insert (or search for) a member's online handle/moniker.  I thought it was "u/name" but that doesn't work.

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I figured it out.  FYI if you want to insert a users name you type "@" followed by the first letter of their moniker and a list of possible users pop up for you to choose from.  I'll probably ask the question again in 6 months when I forget.  Socks to get old. ha.

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