Introduction: Grandfather (Table) Clock

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Hi All,

This is my first instructable.
I was once browsing through a furniture shop and was admiring those big antique looking grandfather clocks.
I live in a small apartment. Keeping such huge clocks is out of question for me. Then I came up with this idea of making a table top grandfather clock.
I have used a cheap clockwork and some cardboard for its construction.

Step 1: Idea and Starting Point

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My idea was simple to get a box type shape made out of hard cardboard, add some embellishments and put in the clock work.

Step 2: Constructing the Base Structure

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I started by making a tall box like structure and added two longish arms or frame sides to that box.
I added some designs cut out of cardboard and pasted them onto the clock body to give that look and feel of carved grandfather clock wooden body.

Step 3: Dial for the Clock

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I made this dial on thick card stock and then pasted it onto a cardboard sheet for strength. I painted the dial with some flowers and added some design work. This metallic design work is aluminum foil wrap and I drew design on it with a ball point pen to give it an embossed look.

Step 4: Clock Hands

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I first made clock hands out of thin strips of stiff paper. But they started to warp due to moisture in atmosphere.
I changed my plan.
I cut thin strips out of plastic packing material. This is the same that is generally used for packing electronic stuff. its stiff and transparent and easy to cut.

I cut out strips of this material and made clcok hand design on it with permanent marker.

Step 5: Clockwork

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I used clock work from those cheap table alarm clocks.
I bought one clock and salvaged the clock work.
I then fixed the clock work to the face of the clock

Step 6: Let There Be Lights

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Once I was happy with dry fitting of the parts, I added some LEDs to the base of top part of clock to throw some light on clock face. This is for me to see time in nighttime.

I was feeling lazy so added green LEDs that were lying around. :-P

Step 7: Fitting Face to the Clock

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After adding LEDs, I turned to adding the face to body.
I glued the face in position and completed the construction adding a rooftop to the clock.

For glass cover for the clock, i again used clear plastic sheet from packing of a mouse.

Step 8: Final Touches.

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I added some more details to the clock and colored it with acrylic colors to get that shiny varnished effect.
I was thinking of adding a pendulum mechanism. But then I changed my idea to adding a bird in its nest in lower half of the clock.

Here is the final product. its standing proudly on my bedside table. :-)


ldavis10 (author)2013-06-07

I have been wanting a clock like this for a long time. Your idea of using a cardboard box is brilliant! I will give it a try.

Thank you, Lorriedel

priaps (author)ldavis102013-06-11

Hey Thanks for your comment. I am happy that you liked it.
You can use a cardboard box. However I made it out of sheets of cardboard.
I am next planning to replicate this clock in thin ply wood. Will keep posted about the progress.

Kiteman (author)2011-04-30

Pure Maker Spirit - I know what I want, so I will Make it myself.

Good job, there.

priaps (author)Kiteman2011-05-01

Thanks...this comment helped me to boost my confidence :)

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