What I did was use the bezel of the thermometer as a frame, and inset half of the globe into the frame and made it into a clock. I also discovered a good use for the other half of the globe, which I'll get into in the last step.
Step 1: Cutting the Globe & Adding the Clock
I drilled a hole in the end (North Pole) and mounted a quartz clock movement. I guess I could have stopped here and just mounted the globe clock on the wall, but I wanted to make use of the old thermometer housing.
Step 2: The Thermometer
Step 3: Preparing the Thermometer Housing
Since glue was stuck everywhere (after removing the face), I decided to glue a piece of black posterboard where the face had originally been (photo 3). I figured this would be easier than trying to get all the sticky glue off.
Step 4: Mounting the Clock
I cut a piece of scrap lumber (photo 1) that was just long enough to allow for a friction fit when the globe was pushed on and temporarily glued it to the center of where the old dial had been.
Next, I drilled two holes completely through the lumber and the back of the thermometer (photo 2), and secured the lumber in place with two wood screws (photo 3).
The friction fit turned out to be a good idea. To install the globe I simply pressed it on.
Step 5: Hang It on the Wall
But wait, there's more.......... Since I only used half of the globe for the clock, I had half of the known world left over!!
So, in the last step I tried to put it to good use......
Step 6: What to Do With the Other Half....
So, from an old thermometer and an old globe came a wall clock and a decorative bowl, and nothing left over!
This was an easy project. The materials used to make the clock were:
- an old globe
- an old thermometer (stuck on 80 degrees)
- a quartz clock movement
- a piece of scrap wood
- a piece of black posterboard
Tools used were:
- shop knife
- drill & bits