Wooden LED Clock

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About: I like to make things for the internets. I also sell a pretty cool calendar at supamoto.co. You'll like it.

The wooden LED clock looks like a boring wooden box with the exception that the time is glowing through the front of it. Instead of a chunk of gray plastic to look at, you have a nicer piece of wood. It still retains all of its functions, including a wooden snooze button.

Want to make it? It's pretty easy to do. Here's how.

Step 1: Make a Window

The front of the clock is made of a thin piece of balsa. But even at 1/16" it isn't thin enough for the light to go through. So you'll need to sand it down until it's paper thin. Be sure to have the clock nearby and go only as far as you need as it's easy to sand all the way through the balsa.

Step 2: Make a Box

Cut out four pieces of plywood to form the box. These pieces were laser cut to allow for just 1/16" margin around the clock. With such a small margin the clock helps to give the box even more structure. Or you could think of this as almost a skin for the clock.

I used Loctite Stik'n Seal to glue the box together.

Step 3: Insert Clock

Lay the box down on the front and insert the clock. This will make sure that the clock's face is flush with the front of the box. Then go crazy with the glue gun! The results aren't pretty in the picture here, but the clock is solidly in there as a result.

Step 4: Insert Snooze Button

While the settings buttons are accessed by the open back of the box, the all important snooze button needs to be accessed. I chopped off a short section of a dowel, sanded one end and applied a dab of Loctite Super Glue to the other. Drop it in the hole in the top and you have a little snooze button.

Step 5: Glue the Front On

Apply a bead of the Loctite Super Glue around the front of the box and lay the sanded piece of balsa on the front. Once it's dry you're done! You have a snazzier version of the basic red LED clock to sit on your desk or by your bed.

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    dudes

    4 years ago

    try wood veneer its thin enough to start.

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    ilpug

    6 years ago on Introduction

    I would do this,but put some clear plastic in front of the balsa to keep me from sticking my finger through it.

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    gmjhowe

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Excellent! I may have to have a go with this. We have some old station clocks hanging around at the hackspace.. Wonder if I could supersize it.

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    hzabatgmjhowe

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I would like one of those. First one for the time here, second one for the time Megaten uses, and the third one for the time Lucent Heart uses.

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    farmerboyk

    6 years ago on Step 5

    You just gave me a totally awesome idea! Thanks!
    My idea is to find a simple LED clock, make a frame like in yours, but instead of just a snooze button I will(of course...XD) make one for every button on the clock, and when all thats done I will sand the edges of the clock so its more round.
    I have a LED clock that I could probably modify(its cheap, I got it at a yardsale 4-5 years ago) it to fit inside of a smaller rounder box, but im not sure yet :P Thanks again!

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    chosenangelx

    7 years ago on Introduction

    My uncle gave me a legit version of this... But sadly, it does not work in my country due to voltage problems... But cool ible XD... 5 stars :D
    -R

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    You can change that - If it is a US clock, and you are in europe, you could create a voltage transformer - not too hard - also, you can probably buy something that would allow you to plug in the plug on the clock into the device, then plug that into the wall.

    it would be trickier if it were the other way around - but still possible

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    kaijurambrown9412

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    actually that would only work if the clock was dual voltage capable as most clock chips run on 60 hz and european power is delivered at 50 hz which makes 110v/60hz clocks run 10 minutes slow every hour

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    whiteoakart

    7 years ago on Introduction

    I see a lot of potential with this technique combined with the construction of bandsaw boxes. You could make a really sculptural piece from a nice chunk of burl that looked great by itself and only showed its numbers at night.

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    erty311

    7 years ago on Step 5

    Id end up mashing the snooze button. I think I'd have to reinforce it somehow. Love the see-through balsa idea.

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    tgray1

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Is 1/32" balsa not still available? Haven't looked for years, but if so it would save some sanding at step 1.

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    fungus amungustgray1

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I think it was, but I liked the 1/16" because it was stronger overall. You don't sand down the entire area. Also, it didn't take very long, just a few minutes.

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    phenoptix

    7 years ago on Introduction

    This a great mod! My LED clock has been assigned to the draw as it was considered too bright to have in the bedroom. This could be the cure I've been looking for!

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