3D Airport Clock
These beautiful topographic 3D airport clocks are truly one of a kind! Stained round 1" thick wood, laser and scroll sawed taxiways, runways and buildings to create a multiple layer 3D layout of your favorite airport! These bathymetric maps are truly unique! Sizes are 18" and 24". These are very similar to Clear Cut Woodworkings' "topographic airport map, but with the clock hands included.
As all of Clear Cut Woodworking products, you get to select your favorite U.S. airport. Whether it be LAX, JFK, MSP, or another, let us know in the order notes which U.S. airport you'd like. We can also do other types of maps such as air traffic control maps. Additionally, if there is any other information or details you wanted included, please reach out, and/or add to the order notes and we will do our best!
How these round 3D airport clocks are made-
We start out by obtaining round wooden discs, ranging from 18 or 24". These rounds are then sanded smooth, coated with pre-finish, and then multiple layers of stain are added to provide the look shown in the photos. We then head to the computer, to start prepping the airport file for the laser machine. This takes quite a bit of work as different sizes require to "break" the airport into different sections, using our best attempt to have these " breaks" along runways to hide any seams.
Once the file work is complete, we go to the laser and laser cut most all the taxiways, runways, buildings, compass rose, lettering etc. Often, we head to the scroll saw and spindle sander to touch work up. Once we have all the pieces, we then use various paints and stains to color the buildings, taxiways, runways etc.
Onto the assembly, we first go back to the computer to laser out templates, to ensure the airport is centered onto the round correctly, as well as the lettering about the airport. Various glues and adhesives, including the nail gun are then used to hold everything into place. Effort is used to "hide" the brad nails under buildings, runways, etc. so you can't see them in the final product. We also have to do router work within the round board itself to house the clock hardware.
We use a router to carve out room behind the clock to have room to install the clock hardware. After all that, the clock is finished and ready for its new home!