This is an approximate 4.5 hour long intermediate level course. It is divided into 12 modules with an accompanying manual. It is designed for the Clockmaker, Watchmaker or home machinist who may already own a jewelers lathe.
Generally, many people use their lathes for polishing clock parts, watch parts and tools. Most of the time, it sits on the shelf. They know their lathes can do much more, but they don't know where to start in order to learn the needed skills and techniques to get more out of their lathes. This course will teach you practical techniques and skills to learn and unlock the numerous possibilities within your jewelers lathe.
In this course, you will learn to work with different metals to develop your lathe skills for making parts, making accessories for your lathe and creating customized tools. We will also introduce and use the various lathe accessories that are available for purchase. These accessories will be used in the projects contained within this course. They can be found for sale on the internet, clock and watch conventions, tool swap meets, and antique machinist shows. The next time you see these accessories, you'll know what they are and how to use them. There will also be discussions and demonstrations of how to do the same projects without the use of the accessories.
Making customized tools and jewelers lathe accessories: Although hardware stores, hobby stores, and material houses have enormous amounts of inventory, they frequently don't have the right tool or part for the job. Most of the tools that can be bought are usually limited by size. Either they are too big, too small, or just not the right size, and not the appropriate tool for the project at hand. If you know how to make your own tools, you won't be limited by what is available on the market. In most cases, it is faster to make the right tool or accessory then it is to search it out, drive somewhere to find it or wait for something to arrive in the mail that may turn out to be incorrect.
These projects will not be overly complex by requiring a multiple number of advanced skills or expensive equipment. That would not be practical for most people or for the scope of this course.
This lathe projects course includes a 38 page manual full of further information about the lathe and other details not covered in the video portion of this course. It follows the sequence of the video and you will want to refer to it throughout the course. All tools, materials, and equipment used in this video course are listed in the manual for easy reference to model, make, price and, where they can be purchased.
The lathe projects course was designed to teach you in the user friendly way of doing things. They may not be the only way, and there are variations, but what is taught will be very useful and stimulate thought to generate other possibilities. Maybe you can find new ways of doing things to fit your specific needs. Please feel free to be creative.
This clockmaker watchmaker jewelers lathe projects course running time is approximately 4.5 hours.
Learning from books and manuals can be confusing and frustrating. It can be difficult trying to recall what you previously learned in a class. That is why I have created these video courses for you. Even though I have learned from many books and manuals, nothing beats someone showing and telling. For over the last 15 years people from all over the world have been learning from my video courses. You can learn to repair antique clocks and watches.
My interest in clocks, watches and antiques started 25+ years ago. My wife Cynthia wanted to buy an antique tambour (camelback) clock like the one her parents once had on their mantel. Before that time, my grandfather gave me his antique pocket watch.
Since then we have accumulated several tambours and a wide variety of other antique clocks and watches.
Most of the clocks and watches we bought needed some work, or did not work at all. That is where I came in - to learn to fix them all!
I still continue to buy, sell, repair, and collect many antique clocks and watches.
For most parts of the U.S., and outside of the U.S., there are very limited resources to learn clock and watch repair. These videos are for those people who have some or no access to antique clock and watch repair and restoration training.
There are 3 ways to learn clock and watch repair.
See the testimonials below from some of the students that have commented about the courses.