Sunday, July 2, 2017

Modern style Westminster Chime Pendulum Clock Scroll Saw Pattern.
I was playing around with a Westminster chime clock movement I got from Bear Woods tonight. I am planning a more traditional clock with this movement but while testing it I kind of liked this quick mock up so I just made it a pattern. It's kind of a modern take on a traditional Westminster chime clock. 

I will point out one thing that makes this pattern somewhat difficult. The letters/numbers are pretty small. If you are a new scroller they might be a challenge. I used a #3 blade and could have even went smaller. I drilled the entry holes with a micro drill bit. I could have used my normal 1/16" drill bit but it is right on the edge of being too large.

The way this chime movement is used in this clock it is not very loud. Normally they are enclosed and get a volume boost from the enclosure. That may be good or bad depending on how loud you want it to be.

To make this modern style clock look right the pendulum needs to be painted black. The brass color is just not right for this style. I did not want to paint it because I'm going to reuse the movement in another clock when I get it designed. 

I list in the pattern the proper hands to buy.  

Here is the link to the clock movement I used in this pattern. You could buy one without the chime and save a lot of money. This clock probably would be better suited without the chime anyway. I purchased the 3/8" movement but used 1/4" thick wood. I find that they fit better if you oversize the movement a little.

To see and hear the clock watch the short video below.

The following video is only 1:30 long. It is just a quick sample of the Westminster Chime clock movement. It show the pendulum movement and the sound.

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