Make Your Own Book Clock

Make Your Own Book Clock

Abby Stone
May 24, 2010

Do you have this problem? Since we stopped wearing a watch, we're constantly checking the time on our computer or our iPhone and that is the biggest time waster ever. We'd like a clock but if we hang it up in the kitchen, for example, we're going to have to run into the kitchen to check the time, which doesn't solve the problem. We were mulling over how to solve this problem when we came across this tutorial over at The Haystack Needle.

While we could hang this on the wall, we have a feeling we'd probably leave it on the table where we could check it when we needed to.

Via The Haystack Needle, here's how to make your own book clock:

"To make a clock, you need two things: the clock movement and the clock hands. There are many movements, but for the simple clocks we make, we buy these. This is a simple, 3-handed movement that runs on a AA battery. For this particular movement, there are a few options. The important one is the column they call "maximum dial thickness". This is the length of that threaded brass neck that sticks through whatever the clock is made from. The options range from 1/8 inch to 3/4 inch. For a typical hardcover book we recommend buying a neck length, or maximum dial thickness, of 3/8 inch.
• Pick your favorite book.
• Decide where on the cover you would like to place the clock hands. They could be centered or off-centered — whatever looks good to your eye.
• You will need to cut a reservoir into the pages of the book to house the motor of the clock so that the cover can shut. To do so, use a sharp exacto blade and cut the book deep enough to hide the thickness of the clock movement, about 1/2 inch. The size of the square hole should be about 2-1/2 inch x 2-1/2 inch."

Read the rest of the instructions at The Haystack Needle.

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