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Project – Weather station

Weather Station

(Suitable for Beginner)

Hygrometer – Thermometer – Clock

Living in Tasmania demands that you are aware of time, changing temperatures and weather conditions. Tasmania’s location sandwiched between Antarctica and mainland Australia is subject to extreme weather conditions, short winter days and long summer nights. This project is an essential timber accessory to any home.

The weather stations are constructed from one piece of timber. The board is 600 mm x 200 mm x 30mm thick. It is re-sawn (split in half) on the bandsaw and book matched to reveal the unique grain and pattern of the timber.

This technique has the advantage of offering visual symmetry, balance and more importantly stability that will avoid the warping and twisting that occurs in solid timber construction. The mirrors are both functional and also contain pegs to hold essential clothing accessories such as scarves, hats, and keys.

Available timbers include Huon pine, Myrtle, Sassafras, Eucalypt, Tasmanian Blackwood, English Elm and Macrocarpa pine.

The tutor will craft a weather meter and carefully demonstrate each step of construction.

Participants will learn to:

  1. Recognise decorative timber surfaces
  2. Machine timber on surface planer and overhead planer
  3. Re-saw timber on the bandsaw
  4. Domino and complete widening joint
  5. Complete template / pattern for mirror
  6. Router shape with template and 12mm Flush Trimming bit
  7. Select edge treatment and shape
  8. Fasten the clock, thermometer and hygrometer
  9. Detail sand and spray with furniture grade lacquer
  10. Fasten metal hardware to secure mirror to wall

Cost of Materials: $50

  • This price does not include the cost of weather meters.
  • Meters and clocks can be sourced from Carbatec