Pomp And Circumstance

DIY Oversized Plywood Clock

Posted in Uncategorized by Miss Circumstance on February 25, 2011

I made this clock awhile back, and it stands up proudly at about 4 feet tall. You could really make it whatever size you want, but I wanted something big and oversized, so that it sort of doubled as a piece of art. It’s made out of three things: plywood, electrical tape, and a clock mechanism. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy as my son says. Here is a step by step guide-

1. Decide on size and purchase plywood.

2. When drawing the circle that you will cut out for the clock, nail a nail into the center of the wood, and tie one end of a string to the nail, and the other to a pencil. You will know how long to make the string by pulling it just to the edge of the wood. You don’t want the length of the string to be longer than the wood. Then pull the string to its full length and draw a circle all the way around. Remove nail, string, and pencil when done.

3. Cut out your circle and sand any rough edges.

3. Next start taping your numbers. First do the 12, then the 6, then the 9 and the 3. You can use a level to make sure they are directly across from each other. I wanted big numbers, but you can make them whatever size you want. T0 make the curves in numbers like a 2, you just use many little pieces of tape and slightly curve them each time you put them down. After you do your 12, 6, 9, and 3, you can evenly space out the numbers in between.

4. The tape strips in the center were random. Just choose different colors and lengths to your liking.

5. Lastly, follow the instructions that come with your clock mechanism to install (this will require drilling a hole in the middle of your clock where the nail was). I ordered mine with oversized hands from Klockit. You want a high torque movement with oversized hands. I put a couple little stripes of red tape on the end of the hands so you could see them a little bit better and actually tell what time it is.

Overall I think the whole thing cost under twenty bucks. Pretty sweet huh?

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