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Forum topic by Eric_S posted 03-11-2010 09:29 PM 1690 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Eric_S

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03-11-2010 09:29 PM

I just came across this really cool celestial clock plan and I found this to be a very interesting design and hopefully I’ll have time to make one someday, but in the mean time I thought I’d share it with other LJ’s incase they would like to make one.

The design is that of Clayton Boyer’s and is a Wooden Celestial Calendar that tracks month/day/year/moon phase/Solstices/Zodiac Sign/movement of the 3 closest planets. It’s incredible to watch and look at, but looks very difficult to build with all those wooden gears that would need to be precise for this to work correctly: So for those that would like a challenge, I challenge you:

http://www.lisaboyer.com/Claytonsite/celestialmechanicalpage.htm

The video below is from this site and details the entire thing.

Unfortunately, the plans cost $72 but they do include full size patterns for all the gears and I believe the motor so maybe its not a terrible price.


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#1 posted 03-12-2010 02:49 AM

Wow amazing

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#2 posted 03-12-2010 06:21 PM

I’m building that after I make a Simplicity clock. Very freaking cool! No motor, you just flip a lever when you change the date, and gravity powers the mechanism as it shifts over to the next day. It includes date, month, phases of the moon, solstices, the relative positions of Mars, Venus and Earth, etc.

BTW, the plans for Simplicity were $37. Several pages with a lot of detail. Worth every penny. I asked Clayton about a beginner making the celestial calendar. He said it was totally doable. He’s broken down the process into 11 easy to handle subsections.

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#3 posted 03-16-2010 06:15 PM

Unbelievable. That is SWEET!

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