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KrazyDad builds an Ascent wooden gear clock and lives to tell about it. The Ascent is a complete clock kit made of laser cut plywood and dowels. The process, according to Mr. KrazyDad, was pretty intense and involved sanding, varnishing, and figuring out what an escapement was. However, the finish product looks pretty cool and it might make a nice project to complete in your dotage.

The Ascent - A Wooden Clock Kit [Krazydad via BoingBoing]