Learn how to make a beautiful wall or mantel clock that any Waterfowler would love to add to their sportsman decor.

In this Instructable I will show how to use some basic Woodworking skills, beginner Wood Burning, and amateur Electronic work to build a working IR Light Sensor Circuit triggered clock. That's right, this clock lights up automatically in the Dark!

To date, I may have the only 2 Shotgun Shell Clocks on Instructables. I have seen them on other sites, but not how to make them.

Considering all the different skill sets embedded in this documentation I have to pat myself on the back. Pretty proud of myself especially with solving my desired Light Sensor function of the clock.

I hope this Instructable inspires others to add some sportsman decor to your home. Or at the very least, make a gift for a deserving sportsman.

Read on and enjoy!

Step 1: Tools

With every great project we need tools. Here is what I used on my project. Sometimes you just don't realize how many tools you use to complete a project. I think this list is pretty comprehensive. If you notice anything in the picts that I forgot to include, let me know. I will be glad to add it.

  • Vise
  • Propane Torch
  • Pliers
  • Hammer
  • Center Punch or Phillips Screwdriver
  • Rotary Tool
  • Rotary Buffing Bit Wheel
  • Table Saw
  • 12 inch straight edge.
  • Compass with pencil
  • Drill Press
  • 3/4 Spade bit for 20 gauge shells
  • 7/8 Spade bit for 12 gauge shells
  • 5/16 Drill bit for center hole and LED installs
  • Pencil
  • Wood Burning Iron and Assorted tips.
  • Nail gun and/or glue to build box sides.
  • Rag
  • Wire Strippers
  • Soldering Iron
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
<p>Fancy! How did the glow in the dark paint work out?</p><p>OSH Park @ https://oshpark.com/ make cheap enough boards if you have a design (that is to say, a design file made in a circuit focused CAD program) if you're looking to make a small run of your light sensor circuit, or you could look at the shared projects and find a board that matches your needs if you don't want to design one yourself.</p>
<p>Thanks for the info on OSH Park. Definitely worth a look. Will need to educate myself a little more on being able to identify a board that would match my needs. The glow in the dark paint did not work out as I had hoped. There is a slight glow, but you need to be within 3 feet to see the clock hands in the dark. Will need to find a better solution there.</p>
<p>Thanks. Please vote if you feel worthy.</p>

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