Woodworking Project: Mustache Clock Using the Arbortech Power Chisel & Mini-TURBO

This nifty woodworking project, the mustache clock, is a great gift idea or a bit of quirky home decor to display on your mantel, bookshelf or counter.

Time required: Approximately 2 hours

Arbortech tools required:

  • Power Chisel
  • Woodcarver’s Starter Kit 5 Chisel Pack
  • Mini-TURBO

Wood used: old stair oak

Our woodworking dealer from Germany created this version of the mustache clock however written in German, we have translated to English in this blog post.

You can build very small or witty gifts with Arbortech tools. Here is the new hipster clock tinker itself. On this page you will find an instruction manual how to use less material and cost a great Mustache (Moustache) can build clock. The material used for the clock an old stair oak was used.



First, a mustache is printed glued to the wood pile and cut with a band saw. Of course you could also form the basis of a Wood Carver Rout, in our case, we have used a band saw.


The Mustache Dial

The mini turbo kit we cut a rectangular hole in the fits the movement. It could use a template, since the recess is not visible later you can mill freehand them too. The front of the clock is also dealt with the mini turbo kit. Only the outer ends are thinner then cut the edges rounded off with the small Schnitzfräser. If the shape of the timber profile of a mustache corresponds to it can be a bit sanded with coarse sandpaper. However, it should not be too smooth grind coarsely ground as it works better him. The Turbo Chisel and a 90 ° chisel from the 5-MultiPart chisel set then some grooves carved into his mustache. To set the clock to color wood stain color mahogany was used. After the stain dry the clock was once again sanded to obtain a Vinitage look.


The Movement

Finally, the movement is mounted. When you buy a clockwork it are the waves for the pointer as long as possible. Most of the dial thickness is specified in movements. The thicker it may remain the easier it is to produce.

Click on the image below to watch the project video (please note: video is in German).


German Video


For the original video of this mustache clock project (and in English), below is Arbortech’s video.


English Version

What Tradies Want: The Arbortech AS170!

What Tradies Want: The Arbortech AS170!

There’s the old saying “you get what you pay for.” Yes, we believe that is true. We get a lot of questions as to why the Arbortech AS170 is “so expensive.” Perhaps if you are just purely comparing the product to a mass manufactured in a country with very cheap labour and many other development factors, then yes, perhaps the tool would be considered expensive.

When the tool is sitting on the retail shelves or if you happen to see an advert for the tool in a magazine, it just doesn’t do any justice or the AS170. This is where trade shows and exhibitions are great as we demonstrate to a live audience/potential customers see the value and what the tool is capable of. 

This brick and mortar saw is an ideal tool for;

  • Tuckpointing
  • Brick Removal
  • Restoration
  • Renovation
  • Repairing Brick Walls
  • Lintel Repairs
  • Cutting Cement Block
  • Historical Restoration
  • House Repairs & Repointing
  • Toothing Brickwork
  • Chimney Repairs
  • Expansion Joints
  • Installations of Vents, Registers etc.
  • Electrical Outlets
  • Plumbing

Arbortech participates in several trade shows throughout the year in parts of Australia, United States, UK and Europe. Want to request a demo? Click here to request one now. Alternatively, you can stay up to date on the shows we will be exhibiting by checking on our website under “Events“.

We’re not biased to say that we think the AS170 is a fantastic tool for every tradesman. The AS170 was tried and tested by a tradie for Australian magazine, What Tradies Want.
The tool review is being featured in this month’s issue of the magazine. Check it out below. Click on the image read the full article.

How To Properly Fit Your TURBOPlane To Your Angle Grinder

The Arbortech TURBOPlane has been one of our best selling woodcarving blades since it was released in May 2012. Woodworkers from around the world have commented that this tool is one of their holy grail and favourite woodworking tools, helping them to make their woodworking projects so much easier and faster. 

The TURBOPlane is ideal for; 
  • Freehand power carving in soft and hard wood
  • Rapid sculpting, planing and trimming
  • Using on flat surfaces
  • Using on an angle it is ideal for free formed and convex and concaved shapes
    Freehand power carving in hard
    As with all tools, knowing the proper way to handle and use it will enable you to best utilize it’s capabilities and make your work easier, be more efficient, safer and more enjoyable. The TURBOPlane is no doubt one of those woodworking tools that are relatively easy to use. We demonstrate the TURBOPlane a lot at woodworking show exhibitions we attend and people are amazed at what the tool can do and just how easy it is to use. Unfortunately we are limited to the shows for live demonstrations  so here is a quick step by step guide on how to properly fit your TURBOPlane to your Angle Grinder. 

    STEP 1.  
     Always use the backing nut. Do NOT put blades or backing weathers directly on the spindle.

    STEP 2. 

    The plastic washer or the blade has to centre on the ridge of the backing nut. It will NOT centre on the spindle. 

    STEP 3.
    Depending on the diameter or the ridge you will have to use the black or white backing washer. Push the washer down and make sure it centres on the ridge.

    On smaller diameter ridges you may have to use the white washer first and then the black washer to further raise the blade.

    Still got questions? Leave us a comment in the comment section below this post or email us directly by clicking here
    For more tutorial, tips and tricks and project videos on the TURBOPlane and other Arbortech woodworking tools, check out our YouTube woodworking channel by clicking here.

    Created by Christine Taylor, Arbortech Secretary 

    Novice woodworker? No 

    Description of your wood art?

    I like to eat fish, I love the flowing curves of a fish shape and a fish is a strong symbol of nature and my son loves fishing.
    I had previously carved some fish and wanted to make a bigger (fatter) fish.  I found some rafters from our disassembled pergola in the garden and thought they would be suitable.  They were very suitable, however I was disappointed that by the time the wood was shaped around the fins the size of the body of the fish had diminished somewhat!

    Where did you get your inspiration for your wood art piece?

    Fish shapes and my son’s love of fishing.

    What type of wood did you use?

    Recycled jarrah.

    What Arbortech tool/s did you use to create this piece?

    • TURBOPlane
    • Mini-TURBO
    • Contour Random Sander 
    • Mini Sanders

     How long did it take to complete this project?

    The project probably took about 8 hours in total.

    What was your process in the creation of this project?
    1.  Finalize the design and select the wood
    2. Shape the fish using Arbortech tools
    3. Oil sanded fish with Arbor-oil
    4. Make frame from recycled roof batten using miter and handsaw. 
    5. Assemble and hand fish in frame using hooks and fishing line.

    Where does this piece reside now?

    The Tailor is ‘swimming’ on the hearth in front of the fireplace at my house. It is enormously pleasurable and satisfying and amazing to see the finished product after visualizing the idea and collecting the raw materials.

    Be Quiet

    Created by Rocky Xu, Arbortech R&D Engineer


    Novice woodworker? No 


    Description of your wood art?

    Last year I did a face but not an exact 3D one. This one goes further. I feel it is not as hard as I thought originally and get a sense of achievement as it is getting more clear. The process is the most important.


    Where did you get your inspiration for your wood art piece?

    I wanted to make something useful and at that time I was practicing living in the present. I decided to make something that would be a reminder of that. I thought of a lot of concepts but still thought this figure is the most applicable to me. This sculpture I carved is to remind me to be living in the present time and also reduce the noise in my mind.

    The inspiration for my wood “Be Quiet” sculpture


     What Arbortech tool/s did you use to create this piece?


    How long did it take for you to complete this project?
     I worked on the project for 15 minutes to 2 hours each time. In total it took about 20 hours for this piece.


    What was your process in the creation of this project?


     1.  Choosing the material
    I didn’t want the wood to be too big because too that would mean a lot of materials would need to be remove. It is hard to find something that is of a suitable suitable size but I ended up finding a long wood block and I cut a square piece from it. The good thing is the that the wood was hard but the bad thing was that it wasn’t a cubic shape.


    2. Carving
    Decide on the rough position of profile of the features and start caving from shallow to deep gradually. At the same time adjust the profile of the face and head gradually.  After comparing the picture and my wood, I shifted my focus to the area of lips, hair and shoulders. The positioning of the eyes and nose was a bit hard to balance. My fellow colleague, Boro, brought in a statue of a girl’s head (which he had sculpted himself) to show me the correct ratio of the features on the face. I learned the ration was 3:1.
    When I was carving the area near the eyes, as I carved deeper, the natural pattern of the wood showed up. Because it is a kind of hard wood, the pattern shows one kind of transparent red, and the pattern is formed around features on the face naturally and looked fantastic.
    I drew a rough profile on the wood and started taking the wood off gradually. As I went on I found that it is impossible to follow the template picture exactly and I gradually deviated from it and started to follow my own form my wood artwork.
    On the face there is some areas which are narrow and hard to carve but in these places the Arbortech Power Chisel helped a lot.


    I also spent a lot of effort on the hand because the gesture of the hands is the focus of the whole artwork. To make the gesture looking real and natural, I used my own hands as a template, followed the shape and the angle and I’m pretty happy with the results.


    Where does this piece reside now?

    The carving now currently sits on my desk at work. I spent relatively a lot of time on the hands of this wood carving and now every time I see it, I get much satisfaction from the artwork I have created because of the effort I put in it. The beauty of woodworking is (as Kevin Inkster says), “no matter how good your skill is, it is unique and a piece of original artwork.

    We have provided past methods of cleaning your Arbortech Contour Sander pads with acetone, cleaning spirits etc. Here is a new, quick and easy cleaning tip using a rubber eraser that will clean your pads in no time!


    Kevin Inkster shows you how to clean the Contour Sander’s adhesive rubber pads. As you know, the Contour Sander is ideal for sanding internal curves and contours utilizing adhesive backed sanding discs. We have received many questions as to why we opted for this method. The reason is simply because they follow the profile nicely and there isn’t the associated problems experienced with the hook and loop method.

    Adhesive residue on the rubber pads


    During continual QC testing, we discovered that when you are continually changing the adhesive discs, a certain amount of adhesive build up on the rubber pads builds. Where there is dust on the adhesive pads, it can prevent other discs from sticking properly so your discs tend to come off too easily.
    Previously Kevin recommended you simply wipe down the rubber pad using acetone, paint thinners or a rag but was a bit of a hassle because you would have to go get those materials if you didn’t have it on hand. Since then Kevin found it is much more convenient to simply use your thumb by rubbing the adhesive disc; which is particularly good if it’s been warm from use.


    Rub the pad with your thumb


    You can actually roll the adhesive off the discs and it will come off quite easily onto your fingers. This can be a convenient method some times however if too much adhesive builds up there is an alternative quick way to remove this adhesive residue. The new method is simply using a standard soft pencil rubber eraser.



    You need to put it into a vice and then you bring the Contour Sander pads into contact with the eraser while it is running and within a few seconds it will rub it off very quickly. When you are mounting the eraser into the vice, the trick is to mount it very low. If it is up too high it will simply vibrate when you bring the Arbortech Contour Sander into contact with it. Bring the eraser down low; almost level with the top of the vice because as you close the vice it will push above it and you will have a small mound of rubber.


    Now you simply take your Arbortech Contour Sander with the rubber pads that has residue on it and run it over the eraser. The rubber pulls the adhesive off the discs quite easily and leaves the rubber really nice and clean. If there is still adhesive on the pad, just repeat the process until you are satisfied with the end result of a clean pad. Now it is ideal for putting the discs back onto the adhesive pads and you’re free to get back to your sanding job.


    Super clean rubber pad!
    There you go folks, a new quick and easy way to clean your Arbortech Contour Sanding pads. Click on any of the images above to watch this tutorial tip on our YouTube Arbortech Woodworking Channel.
    Try this simple tip of cleaning your Contour Sander pads and let us know by leaving a comment in the section below of how you found this new cleaning method. We would love to hear your thoughts!