Intro: How I Made a Watch Escapement SUN DIAL - I Made It at Techshop Detroit!
This instructable covers how I made a sweet laser-etched sundial.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
You will need:
A piece of wood
a drill press
a laser cutter/etcher
a chop saw
I found an image of a watch escapement online. I quick-traced it in Corel draw and cut the vector on the mini-helix laser cutter. I put it in a 9"x9" box.
Step 3: Cut It Out!
Cut along the outline using the chop saw.
Step 4: Drill It!
Use the drill press to put a 1/4" hole directly in the center of the piece. Use the belt sander to make a pointed cylindrical stylus. Insert the stylus into the hole in the center of the board.
Step 5: Sand the Corners
Round off the corners using the belt sander and PRESTO! you've got a watch escapement sun dial. Enjoy the ironic simplicity! :)