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Have a boring, store-bought wall clock that you purchased because you need to tell time, but it never fit in with your personal aesthetic? This quick and simple project solves that problem.

*12 (yes, 12) CDs: Choose any you like. In my case, I wanted a spectrum of colors, so that limited the choices from my personal collection. And don’t worry about the music on these CDs either. I imported them all into iTunes.
*1 LP record: Luckily, I found a second copy of ELO’s OLE ELO.
*1 Clock mechanism: Cannibalized from the dreadful thing on my wall (just make sure yours looks like it will fit through the hole in the LP.
*Wooden dowels (square): Approximately 12 feet.
*Spray paint (color of your choice)
*Hot glue

*Hot glue gun
*Hand saw
*Painting sheet (plastic or fabric)
*Leatherman Tool (or something like it)
*Masking Tape
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Step 1: Step 1: Paint exposed parts (dowels and clock arms)

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1a. Uninstalling the mechanism from the old clock only required prying off the arms from the front of the clock. Not sure if that’s how it always works, but I used the flathead screwdriver on the Leatherman.

1b. You might notice that I didn’t evenly cut the dowels. I expect you to do a better job measuring things out in advance (like at the store, so you don’t get home and find you’re running short on dowels). In the end, it didn't matter, however. You'll see.

Step 2: Step 2: Install Clock Mechanism

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I had to make the LP hole a bit wider for the mechanism to fit through. I again used the Leatherman’s flathead screwdriver tool—twisting it into the hole to basically scratch pieces of the record away until the mechanism fit through.

Step 3: Step 3: Reinstall the clock arms.

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I simply pressed these back into place on the mechanism stem and replaced the “cap/button” on top. Just be careful because these arms are thin metal and bend easily—especially the “second hand.”

Step 4: Step 4: Setting up for your dowels.

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I taped a bunch of printer paper together. That is all.
This is totally awesome I think I just found a christmas present for a friend of mine.
crowdsourced (author)  alexdrew58581 year ago
jallen452 years ago
You can just buy a quartz clock mechanism for a couple of pounds for what it's worth.
karen dora2 years ago
Frente! Good choice : )
Gogreener3 years ago
I also made one from drawing inspiration from the LP clock instructable, Thanks guys :)
Nelyan3 years ago
It's HUGE! I made one lp-clock for my hubby as an early present, but broke the clock mechanism by accident while trying to tighten the bolt in the clock-system. It seems to fit nicely in your decor :)
crowdsourced (author)  Nelyan3 years ago
Thanks! It is huge!

Like one of those clocks I remember from old people's homes in the 70's and 80's:$(KGrHqNHJCcE7y+!J0uMBO-Qu-1NHQ~~60_1.JPG?set_id=8800005007

Just found this site, too—turning record clocks into a business:

If you can find a mechanism like the one I used, there isn't a screw. I just pried the arms off and pressed them back onto the stem. With this system, there's no way to damage the mechanism.
I just love colorful, crazy, bold clocks. Wonderful!