Step 14: Reference 1: Tools & parts

Before I go in to the bill of tools & materials its worth mentioning that having multiple eyeglasses, ear muffs and face masks around your work area is a good idea. Its one thing to intend to use safety equipment, human nature tends to urge us to proceed in to a 'quick job' without bothering to stop what we're doing and go find the correct safety wear. Its these 'quick jobs' that are most likely to result in accidents. I've found that by having a pair of glasses at every workstation I'm able to quick don the protection before starting work.

Quick run through some of the tools used to make this project

Materials used to make the box
8" Shiplap available from any lumber supplies outlet
Oak veneer, I recommend Rockler
1/8" Aluminium sign for the faceplates
Old glass bottle for the light housing
1" Oak board for the light end caps
Assorted switches salvaged from broken electronics
Wine cork for the feet.

Powertools used and recommended price on craigslist : ymmv
Scroll saw :craigslist for $50
Band saw : craigslist for $40
Table saw : craigslist for $100
Hand drill : Yard sale for $5 - yay!
Variable speed plunge Router: Rockler $dont ask - I was tired waiting for one to turn up on craigslist.. and guess what happened after I bought this (o; $150 is a good price for this model

Various hand tools for this or any project
sand paper,
sanding block,
Dowel center
Selection of good woodworking drill bits
Knife for cutting veneer
Hot glue gun.

Additional references
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Nice info all around the post! thanks for publishing <br>
That's what meat tenderizers for. LoL
i am doing exactly this with my ratty old guitar amp, but putting it into a wall area where there used to be a whole home speaker.
Lol. You have a pet rooster??<br />
its a chicken :P<br />
I have a question. Are chickens (female) the only ones that get eaten up?
generally speaking yes, chickens (female) are the ones that are eaten. Roosters (male) can be eaten but they're tougher and require special recipes like Coq au Vin
Oh, wait... Her name is Arduino. I guess that means she's not edible...
Awesome!<br />
LOl just curious very nice but what's up with the chicken lol??
We keep chickens, I thought it would be a laugh to take a picture of Arduino (the chicken) 'reviewing' the build.
It was a good laugh lol just was like wtf lol.
when you keep chickens you have a lot of wft moments. They are the dumbest, funniest and most adorable pets you will ever come across. All the best /pauric
I love them! So fun! I named one of mine Mrs. Featherfoot! She was the best!
I think it would be amusing if, in some future -ibles, to have Arduino pop in once in a while. kind of like a running joke, or maybe a mascot. That's what I would do. I don't know, however, if you feel the same way I do.
I like it! Arduino will be a regular feature from now on. Thanks! (o;
as usual 420 ftw, love the design beautiful work
&nbsp;That silver clock one looks a little bit like the head of a protectron in fallout 3 lol
Incredible! I love it!
Wow... Just imagine if you program the radio to play the GNR radio from Fallout 3 and added a Pip Boy decal to it!<br />
Fantastic Instructable. What a Community.
lovin' the retro look.. but me and wood dont get along well
Doesnt have to be wood, in fact, you dont even have to make the case. You could retrofit an alarm clock in to some old school electronics such as an antique army radio...
I was thinking more along the lines of concrete but it would be one heavy alarm clock... anyway the retrofitting is a really good idea
where can you get one of those radios?
Check out the community section of makezine.com I created a few maps; users, places of interest etc. In Places you will find interesting shops - hopefully one is near you. Alternatively check out army surplus stores or ebay
This is fantastic.
is the chicken name arduino (of course it is) because of the microcontroolller and do you have any other neat chicken names
see, i was going to get one of those alarm clocks like you i was less then impressed by the design though so i instead simply used a cheap alarm/radio and took off my curtains >.< the light alone doesnt wake me, but accompanied with the radio its perfect
for sure, but unfortunate for me is that sunrise is too late here in Winter for me to rely on that alone to wake up.
yeah, it is always more effective in summer xD in winter its a bit of a bugger but i always find my sleep cycle goes nutty in winter anyway
great instructable man! I love what you did with it. Great mantra by the way, I have been trying to get some trihead screwdrivers to mercilessly mutilate an antique Game Boy I have(yes, it is the original and yes, it still works) good job on this....now to find a way to make my "Clocky" look a little better...... XD
Thanks! If I remember those gameboy screw will work with a flat head screwdriver - you might need a file to mod the screwdriver so it -just- fits the triheads. You'll figure it out! best of luck /pauric
I happen to have a CD/radio/ nature sounds alarm clock. The CD player is broken, I hate the nature sounds, and it has some really small buttons to operate the darn thing. This seems to be a great solution to trim the features I don't want! Thank you.
Sound perfect for an extreme makeover. Please document your project and post it here. Let me know if you have any questions if you get stuck... there's more than one way to skin a cat (o;
Ask and ye shall receive. The clock took five days to finish and is nine inches to a side. I'm now terribly proud of it and have you to thank for the inspiration.
cooool! what kind of case is that?
In short, wood. I found a couple of pre-made boxes at Pat Catan's that are supposed to be used as modern art display boxes or some artsy fartsy thing like that, removed the brackets, pegged them togather (pegs have no external hardware and are better than glue), painted, and installed. I found the clock display cover, a piece of plexiglas, in a parking lot about five or six years ago. The front and back are 1/8 in. plywood. I keep forgetting the span of time that things like this take. I had to borrow my brother's alarm clock to wake myself for those five days. Boy I missed the comforting orange glow of an old friend. Now I call it the battery clock. I think it looks like a car battery, the red and black buttons resemble positive and negative terminals.
I have a couple of console radios. One from the 1920's and the other from the 1930's. I like the 'A/V equipment as furniture' aspect of them. But what I'd like even more is a modern audio system put into a modern-looking furniture-grade housing. You gave me fresh hope that I may be able to do that someday. Nice.
Check out this guys work - its insane!<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.slipperyskip.com/">http://www.slipperyskip.com/</a><br/><br/>thanks /pauric<br/>
Holy crap. Thats astounding. by the way, what does "Pauric" mean?
My name is Pauric, its Irish.
Oh, I see.
I think it needs more videos. Great instructable!
'Why,' said the Dodo, 'the best way to explain it is to do it.' Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
Totally love it! It came out looking like an old KLH radio almost. Neat idea.
Just checked out the KLH radio, love the off-white/cream facee plates, wish I had done that instead. Thanks! /pauric
420!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! nice instructable, 5*

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