Introduction: Cheap and Easy Clock Hack for Heavy Sleepers
This is my first Instructable so I hope everyone enjoys.
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
Now for me this build only cost $2.00 because most of the items I had laying around. I am sure most people have some of theses materials somewhere around your home or you can recycle something that's broken.
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
First what you want to do is cut the 1x1 and construct a rectangle a little smaller than the top of the CD case. (This will give room to attach the CD case to the frame) Loop the wire around one of the handles on the CD case, slip on a crimp tube, and crimp it shut. You are making a ring for the padlock. Again, you can substitute other items instead of wire, ie. zip tie, chain, etc. Now flip the CD case upside down and secure it to the frame with screws.
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
Step 5: Update: Making a Window
Thanks to everyones comments. I decided to modify the cage and add a window so it is easier to see the clock. This was a very easy change, I used a Dremal to cut out a part of the container and cut down a piece scrap plexiglass. After that I drilled through the container and plexiglass and I just pop riveted them into place.