There are lot's of cheap things to hack: flash drives, light bulbs, earphones, batteries, or even MOUNTAIN BIKE HANDLES!!! But the thing I like improving the most is a clock. Yes, the kind that has three hands, a simple alarm, maybe even an LED. Usually, these clocks can be found at your local book store (to see what kind of clock I'm talking about, go to step 1).
If you're ready to get started, then press "Next Step"!
P.S. This instructable is a detailed version of Make Vol. 30 "Pipe Dreams", click here to see what their's looks like.
Step 1: What You'll Need
(x1) Clock - $10* Scissors Easy
(x1) PVC pipe - $0.50* Exacto knife
(x1) Cardboard - $1* Marker
(x1) Spray paint - $4* WD-40 (or rubbing alcohol)
(x1) Electrical tape - $2*
(x1) AA battery holder - $2*
(x1) AA battery - $0.50*
(x1) Double sided foam tape - $1*
When you buy your clock, make sure that the round, clear-plastic cover on the clock is about the same size as the pipe (see picture 7).
Let's get started! >>
Step 2: Make the Clock Cover
After you think you're done, cut off the tape, and check if it fits tightly inside the pipe. If the cover is too loose inside the pipe, then add some more tape, and if it doesn't fit into the pipe, then take some tape off. Once you're finished with the fitting, take the cover out, and cut off the excess tape (fig. 4) . The finished object should look like fig. 6.
All right, next step! >>
Step 3: Make the Clock Face and Bottom Cover
Next step, please! >>
Step 4: Solder the Battery Holder
Step 5: Put It All Together
You're done! Go to the next step to see what else you can do with this awesome clock! >>
Step 6: Be Creative...
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