In the mornings I tend to have trouble getting out of bed. I have tried setting multiple clocks, putting the clocks acroos the room, and still I find a way to turn them off and get back into bed. I figured that making it more difficult to turn the alarm off on my clock would help me wake up.
I have been looking around instructables to find an idea to help but most of them look to be higher than my skill when it comes to working with electronics, so I came up with the Clock Cage.
Step 1: Getting the Materials
A Clock (not in picture) - for the cage I perfer a battery clock. they cost about $3 to $5
A somewhat see-through container - found a CD case on clearence at wal-mart for $1
A piece of scrape wood bigger than the container - if you had to buy some I wouldn't think more
A piece of 3 feet or so of 1"x1" wood to attach the container to and hinge the base - again $2 or $3
A padlock or combination lock - $3 or $4
Some small screws - I think a pack is about $1.50
Some wire and a picture hanger - you can get a pack at Wal-Mart for about $4
A pack of small hingers (not in picture) - They cost $0.97
Note: I will say some of these materials can be substutited, for instance instead of wire you can use a zip tie, instead of screws you can use nails (but it has to be the ones with heads, there are some nails that dont).
The tools needed:
A pair of pliers
A drill with a bit alittle smaller the the screws
A tablesaw, jigsaw, or powersaw -- anything to cut the wood to shape, just use caution with any
power tools you use.
Step 2: Making the Hinge
Step 3: Making the Base
Now cut the wood board you're using for the base about 1 inch wider than the frame with the CD case. That extra inch will give you places to attachs the hinges. Finally, attach the hinges and the wall hanger - be sure you have the wall hanger on the same side as the wire loop!
Step 4: The Cage Is Finished
The last thing to do is set your clock put it on the base, close the lid, lock it shut, and put the key and cage away from each other. That way you will be forced to get out of bed to find the key and walk to unlock the cage to turn your clock off.
Thank you for checking out my first instructable
I hope other people find this hack helpful.
I would love to hear what everyone thinks of The Clock Cage