Weekend Project - Desk Clock
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Desk Clock

Contributed by: Annette Amdahl

Time: 1-2 Hours
Cost: $15
Difficulty: Low

Materials:

• 12" x 8.5" x 1/4" board
• 2.5" x 8.5" x 1/4" board
• (3) 1" x 1.5" x 9" boards
• 5" x 1" x 9" board
• Clock parts
• Paint

Tools:

• Miter saw
• Tape measure
• Pen
• Wood glue
• Nail gun
• Nails (1 1/4" long)
• Sandpaper
• Paintbrush

Prep your clock parts
Craft stores sell a number of different sizes of clock parts. For this project, I used a set which had its longest arm at four inches long. Once you have taken the parts out of the packaging, disassemble them and then lay them out on your countertop (see image 1).

Determine Clock Dimensions
Based on the arm length of my clock, I decided to make my largest board around 12" x 8.5" in size. You will want the smaller vertical board to be around 1.5" shorter than the height of your scrap paper (see image 2). Once you have determined the vertical board sizes, cut your base boards to about 9" in length (see image 3).

Create the base
To create the 'slots' for the vertical boards to slide into, you'll need to alternate the boards and nail them in place. To do this, start with one of the three 1" x 1.5" x 9" boards and glue and nail to the top of the 5" x 1" x 9" board (see images 4-6) while making sure both boards are lined up flush at the front.

Take your smaller vertical board and hold it to the back of the board you just nailed down and hold up your second 1" x 1.5" x 9" board to the back of it and nail that in place (see image 7). Do this again with the larger vertical board and the final 1" x 1.5" board (see image 8). Because you are only attaching the three 1" x 1.5" x 9" boards to the base, you will be able to slide out the two vertical boards and you are now ready to cut the base to it's final width (see image 9). To do this, cut off both rough shorter ends of the base and any extra of the base board that is showing so that the base is the same width as the vertical boards (see image 10).

Drill for the clock
Once your base is ready, go ahead and mark on the largest vertical board where you will like to drill the hole for the clock parts to go through. For this clock size, a 5/8" drill bit made the perfect size hole (see image 11).

Apply your finish
With your parts all separated, go ahead and sand each wooden part. After you are done sanding, you are then able to apply a finish of your choosing. I decided to use a latex paint (see images 12-13).

Assemble the clock parts
Once your finish has dried, insert the clock through the hole you drilled in the previous step. Use the nut that was supplied with the parts to attach the front of the clock to the back and secure it in place (see image 14). Attach the clock hands to the front of the clock and insert your battery.

Cut your scrap paper to size
For this size of project, I was able to cut my scrap paper to approximately 4" x 8" (see image 15) so that it was short enough to not hit the clock hands as they went around.

Craft stores sell a number of different sizes of clock parts. For this project, I used a set which had its longest arm at four inches long. Once you have taken the parts out of the packaging, disassemble them and then lay them out on your countertop (see image 1).

Determine Clock Dimensions
Based on the arm length of my clock, I decided to make my largest board around 12" x 8.5" in size. You will want the smaller vertical board to be around 1.5" shorter than the height of your scrap paper (see image 2). Once you have determined the vertical board sizes, cut your base boards to about 9" in length (see image 3).

Create the base
To create the 'slots' for the vertical boards to slide into, you'll need to alternate the boards and nail them in place. To do this, start with one of the three 1" x 1.5" x 9" boards and glue and nail to the top of the 5" x 1" x 9" board (see images 4-6) while making sure both boards are lined up flush at the front.

Take your smaller vertical board and hold it to the back of the board you just nailed down and hold up your second 1" x 1.5" x 9" board to the back of it and nail that in place (see image 7). Do this again with the larger vertical board and the final 1" x 1.5" board (see image 8). Because you are only attaching the three 1" x 1.5" x 9" boards to the base, you will be able to slide out the two vertical boards and you are now ready to cut the base to it's final width (see image 9). To do this, cut off both rough shorter ends of the base and any extra of the base board that is showing so that the base is the same width as the vertical boards (see image 10).

Drill for the clock
Once your base is ready, go ahead and mark on the largest vertical board where you will like to drill the hole for the clock parts to go through. For this clock size, a 5/8" drill bit made the perfect size hole (see image 11).

Apply your finish
With your parts all separated, go ahead and sand each wooden part. After you are done sanding, you are then able to apply a finish of your choosing. I decided to use a latex paint (see images 12-13).

Assemble the clock parts
Once your finish has dried, insert the clock through the hole you drilled in the previous step. Use the nut that was supplied with the parts to attach the front of the clock to the back and secure it in place (see image 14). Attach the clock hands to the front of the clock and insert your battery.

Cut your scrap paper to size
For this size of project, I was able to cut my scrap paper to approximately 4" x 8" (see image 15) so that it was short enough to not hit the clock hands as they went around.

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