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August '19

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14 a-e-mag.com • A&E AUGUST 2019 edge of the wood (Figure J). There were a few areas where the blobs of solder did not find their intended mark. A soldering gun with a spatula-shaped tip was used to smear the solder into a few gaps missed in the drip method (Figure K). The bench grinder was helpful in the removal of the big chunks of solder, and a hand-held belt sander placed upside down in a bench vice removed the rest to a smooth finish (Figure L). Sanding tip: Use a course grade of sand- paper followed by a medium grade and then a fine grade to finish it off. FINAL STEPS Lasering the remaining artwork (down- town Sioux Falls map minus the river) and drilling out a hole for the clock were the remaining steps. I found dozens of resources for clock com- ponents using the key words "clock move- ments" in a Google search, and most options were quite reasonable. The most expensive component of this product was time. Because this was my first attempt at a metal inlay, I had to experiment over the course of a couple days. There were a few mulligans in the pro- cess, to be sure. However, having found a method that worked, and now having all the tools needed, I believe I could accomplish a similar result in an hour or two. Although my only semi-serious wound in the process was a cut to my finger that I received trying to use a discarded soup can as a crucible (not recommended), I would priori- tize some safety. Flip-flops are not appropriate footwear when working with molten metal (shown in Figure J), and eye protection is a good idea when grinding metal. Outside of that, I had a bunch of fun creating this product, and I highly recommend trying it yourself. The results can be amazing. Fig J Completed piece. Fig K Fig L A&E

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