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The Hands

The hands were designed in Qcad and cut from K&S brass flat stock on the CNC machine.  You can click on each image for an enhanced view.

1.  My CNC machine, a home-built Joe's 2006, isn't designed for cutting metal, nor do I have the right tooling, but I was able to get it done by going slow.  Even so, the cut hands were pretty rough and took quite a bit of time with a file and sandpaper to clean up. 

2.  The center hole was drilled just under-size for the shaft that it would be connected to.  I wanted a tight fit and did the final fitting by hand with a file.  During final assembly, I used a drop of lock-tite on each one.

3.  After all the manual work, the important thing was to get the hands as flat as possible.  When I was satisfied, I painted them black.

Putting on the Finishing Touches

1.  I had some good family pictures that were already black and white.  I scaled the pictures in Gimp and had them printed on high quality paper.

2.  I cut out the pictures and mounted the pictures to the back surface. 

3.  I had to ink the edges of the paper with a sharpie to keep the white from showing.

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