Member Project: Steve’s Incredible Mechanical Calendar

Maker Works member Steve wanted to make a wooden clock.

But when he came across drawings online for a “perpetual calendar”–a mechanical calendar that would know the end of each month and advance itself forward, while also tracking the day of the week, the day of the month, astrological signs, and the moon’s phases–he knew it was too unique a project to pass up.

He purchased the drawings, and used the ShopBot, Epilog Laser, and metal lathes to cut the wood, etch the wooden pieces, and turn the metal parts, respectively.

While many small pieces with precise cutting specifications made the project a challenge, Steve ultimately created an incredible project that is both functional and artistically intriguing.

Check out a video with him showing how the calendar works here:

If you’re interested in learning how to use the tools that Steve used to make his mechanical calendar, click here to check out the Maker Works class schedule.