A small “antique brass” finish hinge was purchased to go between the faux pocket watches and provide a clamshell enclosure. The hinge was trimmed down with a metal cutting band saw. This was for aesthetic reasons. The hinge was trimmed so that the screw holes were no longer a pert of the hinge. The cough edges were cleared up using a belt sander. The “antique brass” finish still looks good in most places but the cut sections are much shinier. A second hinge was modified in case the first was destroyed in the process.
Modifying hinge on band saw
Cut hinge next to uncut hinge
Sanded hinge next to freshly cut hinge
The faux pocket watches had the backside of the decorative winding knob take off with the belt sander. The faux pocket watches seem to be primarily aluminum. The two pieces now fit together flush.
Pocket watch knob about to be sanded off
Flat where a knob used to be
Two watches sitting flush
Pilot holes were drilled in the hinges and faux pocket watches. The holes in the pocket watches were then drilled with a #43 bit and tapped. The hinge was drilled to accommodate a #4 bolt and then countersunk.
Pilot holes in pocket watches
Taping the pocket watches
Drilling holes in hinge
Countersinking hinge holes
- Buy brass countersunk #4-40 bolts
- Devise button pressing apparatus
- Find suitable background
- Insulate top watch or buy copper foil tap
- Fill around watch
- Build buttons
- Install buttons
The rest of the posts for this project have been arranged by date.
A list showing of all the final posts of COMPLETED projects.
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