The Steampunk Pendulum Clock of the Airship Pirate

Introduction: The Steampunk Pendulum Clock of the Airship Pirate

About: Dan Aetherman, Steampunker, Inventor and Adventurer - Creator of fantastic victorian machines, gadgets and movieprops - Visit me on and on Facebook:

Dear Steampunkers, dear followers and friends

This time I present you a small project without any electronics... everything is running mechanically!

The Steampunk Pendulum Clock of the Airship Pirate:

Step 1: The Old Junghans Clockwork From 1912

The old watch is a Junghans from 1912 from Germany. I found it on a flea market for a few bucks. I didn't imagine that this machine still works, so I prepared it to demount it. By chance I realised that the pendulum was moving, so I decided to create something with this wonderful piece of mechanic.
Because I didn't had the original pendulum and I had no idea how long and which weight it should have I made some testruns on my workbench. I used a wooden stick as a pendulum and mounted a brasspiece to the stick using a binder. So the weight could be slided up and down to find the right position.
Finally a weight of 70 grams and a length of approx. 240mm was right and the watch was running quite good.

Step 2: The Old Wine Box, an Ideal Resonating Body

For the stand I used an old wine box, which I found some time ago for no money on a market. The size and the hight was perfect. So I only had to mount the clockwork with some screws. The box is a very good resonating body and the sound of the clock is really great!

Step 3: The Stand

From the junk yard I had a copper profile which had the exactly right measurements to use it as a stand under the wine box. To cover the open end I found some old brass parts and brass screws.

Step 4: The Pendulum

After the tests on my workbench I kept the wooden stick a the pendulum. For the weight I used an old vacuum tube and a brass fitting. The tube is meltet into the fitting by use of hot glue. The same technique I used for the METROPOLIS here:

To be able to change the length of the pendulum I only pushed in wooden stick into the brass fitting, without any glue. To keep it on place I pushed a small rubber ring in, together with the wooden stick (see picture).

Step 5: That's It!!

So, that's it. It was a quick build and I like the result. I hope I could give you some inspiration for something like this. Old clockworks are easy to find. If you need some advice, feel free to drop me a line.

Sincerely yours

The Chocolatist


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    6 Discussions

    Aeon Junophor

    Dear friend Chocolatist

    As I already told you before, it is a real great work, fanatstic
    Yours Aeon Junophor

    Winged Fist
    Winged Fist

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Chocolatist - Beautiful work of art, as always! And I got my inspiration - A few years ago I found an old grandfather clock, in relatively good shape but missing the pendulum. It's inspiring to see that just because I clock is missing the pendulum, doesn't mean it can't be brought back to life;-)


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Hey, thanks a lot for your nice feedback to my instructable. You have to do that with your old clock! It's really interesting work to do something completely mechanically - no electronics and so on... I enjoyed it very much!