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The Sands Mechanical Museum


updated August 2019

I bought another Spilhaus Space Clock, an early version with all metal gears.  I restored it and documented the assembly process.  I also redesigned the information pages for the clock and added a pdf for the manual.

I finished restoring a Geochron.  See the description and enjoy.

The Pocket Watch Museum was finished last year.   The prices were established with the help of some knowledgable people and many of the watches have been sold.  We will continue to sell them as time allows, starting again in November.

The Sands Mechanical Museum

The Sands Mechanical Museum contains many mechanical wonders, including antique coin operated games, nimble cars like the Super Seven and Elise, and unusual time pieces. While it is a virtual museum, many of the mechanisms are real and can be seen by appointment.

The goal is to reference the wonderful world of mechanical marvels, to astound and amaze you with things mechanical, both old and new. We want to show you how things work.  There is a sample of our work to show how varied our interests are.

The arcade games are often ingenious in their design and construction. They seek to entertain. The Lotus Elise is a very advanced automobile, providing more entertainment than just the ordinary travel appliance.

Welcome! We hope you enjoy your visit.

The museum has four major wings:

Coin Operated Arcade Games

Coin operated machines are the perfect thing to have in a mechanical museum. They are the results of the best creative minds of their time, and are built to entertain. Through time, they show the current state of mechanical and electrical engineering.

nimble cars

Nimble Cars (Automobiles)

Automobiles are mechanical wonders. They can be basic transportation or they can be fun. These three cars all share one characteristic. They are nimble.

unusual time pieces

Pocket Watches and other Time Pieces

  • pocket watch museum has some antique pocket watches
  • Spilhaus Clock, designed by Spilhaus and built by Edmund Scientific, shows the position of the stars, tides, phases of the moon.
  • Geochron, shows the sun lit portion of the world and time on a scrolling map of the earthcolor chart



To find out more about the museum or to contact us, please visit the contact page. The staff of the Museum create web sites.  The site maps for the pocket watch museum is accessible from the index pages.

Services available at the Sands Mechanical Museum

  • We used to do Museum quality restoration of old coin operated games (1930-1960)
  • Radio control model sailboat construction
  • Automobile suspension tuning
  • Frisbee dog training