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Build a globe clock

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Well, I looked around my junk pile to see what I could combine for a new project, and what I found was an old globe and a wall thermometer that was perpetually stuck on 80 degrees.  Seemed like a good combination for a project!

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.
 
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Step 1: Cutting the globe & adding the clock

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I began by cutting the globe in half at the equator.  Since sawing cardboard would produce a pretty jagged edge, I simply used a shop knife and kept scoring around the equator until the globe was cut in half.

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

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The thermometer was cheap one bought a few years ago from a garden store, and for the past two years it has been stuck pretty much on 80 degrees.  It wasn't worth fixing, but the bezel was a nice copper color, so I had not yet discarded it.  And, the opening of the bezel just happened to be a bit larger than the diameter of the globe, so it would be perfect to frame the globe.


Step 3: Preparing the thermometer housing

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The thermometer was held together by six wire tension attachments on the back (photo 1).  Removing these allowed me to take off the back and the glass lens.  I discarded the glass lens, and peeled the face off the front of the thermometer (photo 2)

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.
Desael2 years ago
I know I'm late here, but this looks so awesome! I've been searching for a gift idea for a geography professor who was nice enough to write recommendation letter for me and this doesn't look too hard. granted, i have VERY little experience with making things so my question is: what exactly is a "shop knife"??? thanks a lot for sharing your idea!
knife141 (author)  Desael2 years ago
Thank you for your comment! A shop knife is a knife with disposable blades -- I use the kind that you can snap off to get to a new point. Any sharp knife will do the job, but it needs to be really sharp and thin. Shop knives are very sharp and thin, and cheap.
ZoDo2 years ago
Very original. Keep it up
Chief513 years ago
Now that is a good looking project.
knife141 (author)  Chief513 years ago
Thank's for your comment!
medionlvr3 years ago
What an simple yet awesome project.looks like its time to shop at goodwill for a globe. i think i will make 12:00 at the prime meridian. Thanks for the great idea.
knife141 (author)  medionlvr3 years ago
You're welcome, and thanks for the kind words. Good luck with your project!
ganny3 years ago
Very Interesting...Must Try...Good Job !!
knife141 (author)  ganny3 years ago
Thank you! It is not difficult -- give it a try.
Madrigorne3 years ago
If you get some copper tape from your local stained glass or hobby store you could edge the decorative bowl too.
knife141 (author)  Madrigorne3 years ago
Great idea! Thanks.
GingerGirl3 years ago
Klockit "ideas" seem rather costly.

Thanks knife141, great idea!
knife141 (author)  GingerGirl3 years ago
This clock is not costly at all! Thanks for your comment.
the clocks in KLOCKIT site are costly, is what I said.

Thanks for sharing your ideas.
debefree3 years ago
Love your idea, I have to steal it
I have a globe somewhere!
knife141 (author)  debefree3 years ago
Steal away, my friend, steal away!
Hehe!! I like it! Cool and all in-keeping with the turn of the century style.
I like the idea of casually walking by and noticing that it is half past Reykjavik :D
tpobrienjr3 years ago
Klockit.com has a gallery of clever ideas like this one, and I recommend that you send them a picture!

The globe clock would look good in my ham radio room - next to the clock from the Soviet nuclear submarine!
knife141 (author)  tpobrienjr3 years ago
Thanks! I'll have to check them out.
Very clever idea! I actually have two globes sitting around that I've been trying to figure out something to do with and have been disappointed at the dearth of globe-related 'ibles, so I was really happy to see yours featured on the front page. I'm gonna have to see if I can do this, great idea!
knife141 (author)  ThatEmilyPerson3 years ago
It is a really very easy project. With two globes, you could actually make up to 4 clocks showing the time in different parts of the world. Good luck!
That goes along with my train of though - the put the "axles" for the clock through the map at your location. I realize it would be hard to cut nicely - but be still be neat. And if you had more room around the globe for background - you could put LED's in for stars...

Get instructable, by the way - great up-cycling!!!
knife141 (author)  Oldbear3 years ago
Thanks for the feedback.
bajablue3 years ago
5 Billion Stars!!!
knife141 (author)  bajablue3 years ago
5 Billion thanks!!
froze3 years ago
If you use a 24 hour clock you could track solar position with the hour hand, that would be cool... er hot! ;-)
knife141 (author)  froze3 years ago
Good idea. Thanks for the comment.
medionlvr3 years ago
good looking project. did you curve the hands to fit the contour of the globe?
knife141 (author)  medionlvr3 years ago
Yes, I did bend them to follow the curve of the globe.
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