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At one point of the world's history the sun dial was practically the only means of telling time. With all the clocks, watches and mechanical devices we have now we wonder how they did it.
One objection to the dial was that it could be used only out of doors and in clear weather.
Dials were made so they could be used on a post or any flat surface, or on the side of a building. The one shown in Figure 24 is for a post, and can be made out of scrap wood. The base is of %-inch wood 14 by 14 inches (may be different sizes), and the corners cut off, making an eight-sided figure.