SHAPE YOUR WORLD

Tutorial:

Clock

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • Jigsaw
  • Drill/Driver
  • Thick piece of plywood or MDF (18mm birch plywood used this guide)
  • Thin piece of plywood or MDF (300mm x 300mm used in this guide)
  • 12 x metal cocktail stirrers
  • 12 x ping pong balls
  • Paint and a paintbrush
  • Ruler
  • Compass
  • Tape Measure
  • An off the shelf clock mechanism

BEFORE YOU START

  • Check the condition of your furniture piece thoroughly for any repairs or other preparation that might be needed before starting your project.
  • Think about your design – you may want to create a mood board to help you do this. Why not share your ideas with friends and family to get their thoughts, too?

SAFETY FIRST!

Safety comes first when undertaking any kind of DIY project. You should take all precautions to avoid harm or injury, and as such BLACK+DECKER recommends the use of personal protective equipment when completing this tutorial, including:

  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Dust mask

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

  • 1.

    First, it’s time to create the stencil for the clock outline. Using your compass and pencil, mark out a circle with 20cm diameter.

    2.

    Space the points of the compass at the radius of the circle (10cm). Then, using the compass, mark pencil dots around the outline of the circle, 10cm apart.

    3.

    Using your ruler and pencil, draw straight lines between each of the dots to create a hexagonal shape.

    4.

    You now have your hexagonal cutting stencil.

    5.

    Using the straight wood cutting setting on your Jigsaw (KS901SEK shown), cut around the hexagonal stencil lines.

    6.

    You now have the back piece for your wall clock.

  • 7.

    Using sand paper, smooth the edges to remove any rough areas, and to ensure you have a perfect hexagonal shape.

    8.

    Mark a point on each of the hexagonal faces, exactly half way between each of the corners. Six points in total.

    9.

    Secure the plywood to your workbench and drill 40mm deep holes on each of the six corners and through the six pencil marks you’ve just created.

    10.

    You now have twelve evenly spaced holes around the hexagon.

    11.

    Using the second, thinner piece of plywood, draw around the edges of the hexagon you’ve already created, to mark out your clock face stencil.

    12.

    Carefully cut around the clock face template using the Jigsaw.

  • 13.

    Drill a hole into the back board in a central position. This will be used when you attach the clock to the wall.

    14.

    Drill a hole into the centre of each of the twelve ping pong balls.

    15.

    Paint the ping pong balls in colours of your choice.

    16.

    Secure each cocktail stirrer into position using your work bench.

    17.

    Select the metal cutting setting on your Jigsaw. Cut the ends off each cocktail stirrer, leaving twelve metal sticks of equal length.

    18.

    Drill a hole into the centre of the clock face.

  • 19.

    Paint the clock face in a colour of your choice.

    20.

    Mark out the measurements for attaching your clock mechanism to the back piece of your clock, and drill a hole.

    21.

    Add a screw to the hole, to attach your clock mechanism.

    22.

    Place the clock mechanism through the hole in the clock face.

    23.

    Attach the clock hands to the mechanism on the front of the display, and add the ping pong balls to each of the twelve metal stirrers.

    24.

    Add glue to each of the holes and to the ends of each of the cocktail stirrers

  • 25.

    Push the cocktail stirrers into each hole as far as they will go.

    26.

    Hang the clock on your wall and you’re done.