Picture of Pin Clock
Make this clever pin clock following the step-by-step instructable by our HSBC Designer in Residence Lao Jianhua.

You can read about Lao Jianhua's residency in his Blog:

Victoria & Albert Museum
London, UK

Step 1: You will need...

Picture of You will need...

- 14 map/push pins
- A piece of soft wood (eg. pine). It could be any size as long as it's about 3 cm deep
- Small, battery-powered, clock mechanism. You can get clock parts from craft stores, speciality
stores, 'Pound' stores, the internet, or you may want to recycle an old one, like we did for this
- 1 battery


- Ruler
- Pencil
- Hammer
- Saw
- Screwdriver
- Drill or chisel and hammer to carve a hole in the wood
ritzanab2 years ago
Where did you buy the clock motor?
you can get the motors from old clocks, Lowes (I think, ) but I do know that Michael's and AC Moore have the motor kits.
ScoutDadNC1 year ago
I am going to do this one with my cub scouts this year. looks so cool.
very goog
theXmaker3 years ago
it would've been more attractive if u replaced the pins with LEDs..
vishalapr4 years ago
That look totally awesome!
If you made it a bit bigger, you could use the pins to hold notes for appointments throughout the day.
Shany1204 years ago
This thing is... AWESOME!!!
wow! i think i love this clock and it seems advanced
Victoria and Albert Museum (author) 6 years ago

Thanks for all your comments!

We thought you'd like to know that we have setup a new Flickr Group called ‘Clever Design Solutions’. The group is devoted to ingenious design solutions, professional or amateur, commercial or domestic: wherever you discover clever design, we want to see it. Or maybe you yourself have figured out a new and simple way of solving an old problem. Just capture a good image and add it to the pool! (please include a short explanation if needed).

Anyone can take part in this project and no invites are needed to join or to add pictures. You only need to have a Flickr account.

Lao Jianhua, our designer in residence, will be periodically selecting and reviewing the designs on his blog.


Victoria and Albert Museum Webteam
London, UK
static6 years ago
Clean and simple design, that should get the creative juices flowing for those who want an one off clock. Thanks for proving the clock face template, I could have drawn it out myself, but I'm basically lazy sometimes.
webman38026 years ago
They also have clock mechanisms with different shaft lengths. You could get one with the 3/4" length, and you might not need to chisel out as much (if at all) to get it to fit through the wood.
True, but the assembled clock wouldn't set flush against the wall. However the longer shaft clock works would work well with a desk or mantle clock.
=SMART=6 years ago
blimey the v&a has an account !!
john3f6 years ago
LEDs ? instead of the pins I mean...
Sounds good! We'll forward your message to Lao Jianhua. Thanks! V&A Webteam
rein3656 years ago
Nice Instructable , small and looks great. Anyway thanks for clock template,been looking for ages .
Uncle Kudzu6 years ago
OK, this is just brilliant! something very handsome and useful that is easily and cheaply doable for lots of people. hats off to Lao Jianhua and VAM for making this instructable available!
Kiteman6 years ago
Minimum of work to get the maximum effect. Are Lao Jianhua's projects displayed anywhere apart from this website? It's quite cool to think of a display of Instructables in the V&A. (And if there isn't one, there ought to be! I'm sure any of the UK iblers would be happy to pop in and contribute something.)
ander6 years ago
Very cute, and useful too!
8bit6 years ago
Aww. That is painfully cute. Good job!
maruawe6 years ago
neat and inexpensive .. the way I like it. You can get the mechanisms at
hobby lobby for about $4.00 or at Michaels for about $3.50.. So this clock would be less than $10.00 complete... Home Depot has lumber splits for free if you ask.