Two years ago I was in the board of my study association. When we moved to another location about half a year ago within our building the clock we had didn't fit in the new interior. They bought another clock which I didn't like. So there was only one thing to do. Make my own with the logo of my sub association(some kind of fraternity).
Step 1: Materials
- white paint
- old clock
- steel strips/steel plate
- silicon coalk
- angle grinder
+ grinding disk
+ sanding disk
- MIG welder
- wood saw
- metal file(rounded)
- wrenches(depending on your clock)
- Japanese chisel(optional)
Step 2: Design
In the study associations workshop were lots of steel strips so I wanted to use them. The new room was decorated in a modern style and there was a stroke of concrete visible where I thought the clock would look good. At this point I made a design in photoshop were I would work with. After creating the first metal parts I adjusted the design to the design below.
Step 3: Metal Fabrication: Welding
In order to look good, I arranged the strips in such a way they sort of alligned with the specific part of the logo. At this point everything was made roughly to the correct shape. Later on I added several small strips to reinforce or for better looks. All strips, from one part of the logo, were 'spot' welded together.
Step 4: Metal Fabrication: Shaping
Use a dremel or something like it for the small parts. Saves you a lot of time and frustration.
Step 5: Metal Fabrication: Sanding/painting
After the grinding the sanding disks can be used to smoothen the surfuce. I liked the acquired brushed looks. After the sanding I coated the metal with transparent metal coating in order to prevent it from rusting.
Dont forget to clean your metal before painting/coating.
Step 6: Wood Fabricating
When the plate is the correct size, drill a hole where the center of the clock should be. When you're clock mechanism is to deep, you can choose to sink the mechanism in the wood. I did it using a chisel.
Another way to solve the thick clock mechanism is by mounting two pieces of wood near the edge. These pieces should be thicker then the clock mechanism.
Sand and clean the piece of wood before painting. A friend of my painted it for me because they have a paint shop.
Step 7: Final Assembly
Other clocks could use other methods for mounting. Think of screws or glue.
When the mechanism is in place, the metal logo can be alligned correctly. I attached it to the wood using a silicon coark called polymax(of the brand Bison).
After the assembly I added three screws in the back in order to place the clock. Two at the sides and one at the center of gravity. This way it has two options for hanging.
Step 8: Put It Where It Belongs
I'm not yet happy the way it's hanging. The wires are white an can be seen on the concrete. I probably paint them grey so I can't see them anymore.