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Steampunk Metallic Gears Clock

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  • Estimated Time

    6-8 Hours

  • Challenge Level

    Intermediate

  • Tools & Supplies:

    • ~1/4 Sheet of 1/4" Plywood
    • Jigsaw or Band Saw
    • 5/8", 3/4" and 1" Forstner Drill Bits
    • Drawing Compass
    • Super Glue
    • Small Paint Brush
    • Double-Stick Tape
    • Picture-Mounting Hook and Nail
    • Sandpaper: grits 100, 150, 220
    • Battery-Powered Quartz Clock Movement (from clockparts.com)
clock made of wood to look like metallic gears After

  1. Using the compass, mark out (1) 9", (2) 8", (2) 7", (2) 6", (2) 5" and (2) 4" circles on the plywood. Be sure to clearly mark the center of the circles by making a small hole with your compass.
  2. Carefully cut out each circle with a band saw or jigsaw along the lines.
  3. On each circle, mark out a set of equally-spaced teeth (six or 12 total) representing the gears (using the photo above as a guide) and remove the waste with your saw. Be sure to vary both the width and depth of the gears.
  4. Drill a 5/8" hole through the center of the 9" and one of the 8" gears to accommodate the shaft of the clock movement.
  5. Drill a combination of 3/4" and 1" holes through the remaining gears.
  6. Sand all the parts with 100 and 150 grit along the edges, removing any saw marks, and finish the surfaces with 220-grit sandpaper.
  7. Now it’s time to get creative with paints: First, select two to three contrasting base colors for the gears and apply two to three coats of paint to the front and back of all the gears.
  8. Once dry, cut out a series of paper circles whose diameters are smaller than of each gear’s diameter and tape them to the middle. (Think donuts and bagels.)
  9. Now select contrasting colors to the base color on each gear and spray one to two coats on the exposed portion of the gears. Remember to mix it up and create different combinations of colors. Let paint dry.
  10. Once paint is dry, remove the paper on all gears. Then, carefully apply a light coat of dark-colored paint to the outer edges of the gears with short bursts of paint a little at a time. Allow to dry.
  11. Spray a continuous burst of paint into a piece of scrap wood, allowing enough to pool up. Using the brush, apply small bolt holes around the edges of the center holes of the gears as shown, or to any other portion of your gears. Repeat this process as shown in the photo above.
  12. Once dry, apply two coats of lacquer to all of the pieces and allow to dry overnight.
  13. Connect each of gears in overlapping patterns — using the photo above as a guide — with super glue, one at a time, until the entire piece is assembled.
  14. Locate the approximate center of the assembled gears and attach the picture-mounting hook on the backside of the assembly.
  15. Attach the quartz clock movement and hands following the manufacturer’s instructions and mount to the wall with a picture-hanging hook.