How to make a wooden digital clock

Through this DIY you will be able to make a digital clock in a wooden cube. This could be a really cool project that would alter the look of your room, Although at first glance it may just look like a wooden box , when looked at you will realize it has digital numbers flashing through it.


Clock kit



Step 1

To begin building a wooden digital clock you will have to get your hands on a clock kit. Buying the materials separately is an option too, however, buying a clock kit will be more efficient as you can get all the necessary elements in one go without wasting much time to search for them. These kits also usually come with detailed instruction on how to assemble the elements of the clock, all you have to do is mount them as per the instructions, the board is also custom made, where each of the elements is assigned with a spot, so it is fairly easy to navigate it.

After you mount everything to the board. You can flip the board and solder each of the element to the board, make sure to used protective gear while doing this.

Step 2

After you have soldered all the elements to the board you can plug in the integrated circuit. This is a crucial component for building this clock. Next you need a power adaptor, this can be found in the batteries of old phones, once you have got your hands on one that was of the right volts, the ones for this project were 5 volts, which is the standard as well. You then have to removed off the wire, you can then plug it into the adaptor and switch it on, this is done to check if it the clock is working.

Step 3

You will then notice that there are 2 tiny buttons at the front of the clock, this will have to be changed later, these buttons are used to set up the clock. You now can move on to make the box. For this you will need some plank of wool, it does not have to be the best one as you will be covering it with a layer of veneers later.

You will then need to measure out all the different sizes you need for making a cube. You can mark the centre part of the front piece and then using that marking you can decide where the clock will be placed. Once you have traced that part, you can drill a notch onto the traced-out area this is where your clock will he resting, you could then use a frostner bit to get out the material you call and then with the help of a chisel you can get rid of the corners.

Step 4

Once you are satisfied with the with the way it looks you can place the clock in place, this is done so that you have an idea about the places the wires will be connected. Mark the areas because you will have to drill holes into the wood. Drill 3 holes, one so that you can fine the power wire too, you can extend the buttons at the back if you want to. You will need to solder some wires at the back of the board corresponding to its respective button.

You will then have to make some holes at the black panel. You will have to mark the centre point and them measure 3cm each on there side, which you will then have to drill a half inch hole, the with a forstner bit drill the back side, this is done to make the surface thinner.

Step 5

You will need to placed the plank of wood to form a box, once you have situated all of them into place, you can use a brad nailer and nail all the pieces together.

Step 6

You will have to then take out the power wire and pass the button wires through the hole, at the are where you will be placing the clock. And then you can connect the other wires down through the hole.

Step 7

Next, you will need to apply some veneer, onto the wood, since the veneer is a multi-stage process you will only complete two sides at a time. You can apply it on one side, where you lay the clock over it and then place another one on the top of the clock, you will have to apply some sort of pressure while it dries up, you can trim off the excess areas and once it has dried up you can move on to the other side. For the front you will have to mark out the are where the clock is and apply glue on all the areas except the area that will be facing the clock, spray some adhesives on there and then place it onto the front.

You might have to drill the soled through the veneer, pull out the button wires through the hole and then solder some buttons which will be push back into the hole. You will need to drill a hole fore the pawer cord. You will then need to connect the adaptor wire and the power wires for the clock to be activated.

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