Introduction: AC/DC Clock

About: 3rd year Mechanical Engineering student. Maker when possible and DIY culture lover. If something explodes, revise the diagrams! Check the "to be written" projects here!…

How to make an easy and cheap clock at home!

Step 1: Getting Inspired

As an AC/DC fan I have a big wall poster. For ages I had been thinking about making my own clock but I didn´t find something cool to do... until I looked at the wall.

A new idea had appeared!

Step 2: Materials Needed

  • White glue.
  • Coping saw.
  • Sand papers.
  • 5mm plywood panel.
  • Quartz clock with hands.
  • Red and black spray paint.
  • Inkjet with white and photographic paper sheets.

Step 3: Printing the Model

  • Choose a base image for your clock. In my case, I´m using the Black Ice album Angus Young silhouette.
  • Resize the image as you wish and print it on a white paper sheet . This model has a 20cm diameter

Tip: Look for easy-to-cut images. Inner gaps may be difficult to remove!

  • Cut the prints trying to keep as many thick surfaces as possible, otherwise the pieces might break down while using the saw.
  • Fix the prints to the wood panel using cellophane tape. With a pencil draw the contour of the pieces on it.

Tip: Notice that the guitar has two strange extensions on the neck. They offer extra support for the word D.

Step 4: Cutting the Pieces

  • Remove the papers from the plywood and cut the pieces with a coping saw. Follow the pencil lines you have done previously.

Tip: Empty the inner holes first. Later will be difficult!

Step 5: Adding the Mechanism

Cheap clock mechanisms can be easily found on Internet. I bought a Quartz clock with hands on eBay for 1€!

Okay. They are not very reliable and the battery doesn´t last long but for simple DIY projects are perfect.

This model comes with a washer and nut. Not complex linkers or glue are needed, just drill the piece where you want to fit the clock´s hands.

Step 6: Sanding and Painting

  • After cutting and drilling the pieces some splinters may have appeared.
  • Remove them using sand paper, scrub the surface till it is smooth and uniform.
  • The pieces are now ready. Put them on a plastic surface and apply the spray paint.

Don´t forget cleaning the dust with cloths before painting!

Tip: For high quality results, primer should be applied before painting.

Step 7: Creating the Background

Without a background you can see the wall behind the clock and the mechanisms. It doesn´t look cool.

We can improve our model adding a printed image on photographic paper. Flames seem appropriate for a rock band.

  • Adjust the sheet shape to the circle´s contour. Cut it few millimetres smaller than the circle itself.
  • While in position. Add white glue on the paper edges and spread it until it reaches the wooden parts.

Step 8: Everything in Its Right Place

  • Glue the words carefully.
  • Attach the mechanism to the base. Add some glue on the lightning and fix it too.
  • Install the washer and tighten the nut. Finally, put the hands in their positions.

Our custom-made clock is now finished!