Welcome To My Little Shop
It amazes me whenever I stop and look around my small clock shop. How much I have accumulated
over the last decade. I go many months buying only few items and then every once in a while, I get the
urge to upgrade and buy more tools and equipment. I have spent the last few months watching ebay
for items to upgrade my machining capabilities so that I can cut gears and make parts that just cannot
be make from a lathe. I finally went and bought many attachments for a mill that I had not bought yet.
Finally I put it all together.
I secured this Sherline Mill on ebay for
about $400. Nice old mill; after cleaning and
lubricating it, the axises glide smoothly and
the backlash is very minimal. Can't wait to
use it for the first time...very soon. Of
course, I will have to replace the hand
wheels as it tends to hurt after a while of
Next to that is a nice American made
demagnetiser. It was made in the 1950's
and works great. Before I got this I used a
coil from an old Telechron clock along with
a foot rheostat to do the job. Now I just
press the button. Sometimes twice and its
done. Just could not see myself buying a
cheap Chinese made one. Been waiting a
long time on ebay. Finally, this popped up
Spent a lot of time paying attention to ebay waiting for Sherline attachments to show up and when they
do at a good price, I snatch them up. Here is my drawer as it sits now.
Not a bad looking drawer. A few more items and I think I will be satisfied. Then there's the lathe I
bought a few years ago for $260. Of course I added a few things to it as well. I also recently added a
riser assembly to it so I can use the vintage watchmaker's universal face plate in the above drawer.
Thank God for ebay. Without it, I am pretty sure the costs of all these machining tools would have
been 2 to 3 times higher than I paid. This lathe has gotten a lot of use over the last few years I have
had it. I am sure you have noticed a few repeated items. Just some that came along with a few
batches that I bought. I even have a spare motor and two heads should I ever need them.
As you noticed I have a nice little table for my lathe, but nothing for my new Mill. Over the next
couple of months, I will take care of that and replace the little $10 table I bought at a thrift shop with a
really nice bench where I can have all my machining tools and attachments in one area. I already have
the bench picked out. It has enough table top to hold both my Sherline machines so I can move
seamlessly from one to the other. I also have a bench grinder that will finally have a place to sit; right
now it is on the floor in the closet.
I also have a few hand tools to ensure that I do the job right. When I started, I was geared towards
working on wrist watches, but slowly moved to clocks. When I bought my first major item, a staking
set, I was so stoked. So let's see what else I have in my shop.
Here is where I sit, my view when I work. I try to keep it neat and find that using trays allows me
to move all items off the table quickly so that I can keep it as dust free as possible. Very
important to me.
I slightly modified the Webster mainspring winder above. I removed the
crappy collet and added the 1/2 inch drill chuck as well as replaced the rod
with one that is a little longer. More modifications are on the way.
Below is the first item I bought to organize my tools. I placed everything in it and at that time I
thought I had a lot of stuff. I am sure over the next decade all that I have accumulated up to now
will seem like this lonely carousel in comparison.
That's most of my tools; a few are in the plastic bins. My ultrasonic cleaners are downstairs in a
dedicated bathroom for my work and my paint area is located in the garage along with many,
many, clocks. I know there are some that will look at this and say, I wish I had a room like that.
Others who have been doing this longer will remember when they were at this stage. It all comes
down to tools. If you want to be in this business, you need more than a few screwdrivers,
tweezers and oil to handle what ever comes about. Else, you will have shelves full of clocks or
drawers full of watches that you just cannot fix.
Everything from simply taking apart the movement, plate repair or making screws and gears. All
the tools are there. One of the cool things about having a lathe and mill is that you can make
other tools as well. I have a few in mind and will post them when I make them.
I am toying with the idea of streaming live video from my shop. I have been setting up a security
system using smart phones and thought that I could put one in my shop so you can see me
working from time to time.
When I have time I will set up a page to show you how to set up a security system with android
phones and free software. Its pretty cool.