How to Make a Replacement Clock Face

Oh, no, that ominous crash was the clock falling off the wall, the case is smashed and it's ages until you can afford a new one.


To make a new face is simple, if the motor is still working (put a battery in and put the hands together and wait a few minutes).

Steps

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    First remove the motor from the old case by removing the hands and unscrewing the nut on the front of the clock.
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    Find a piece of hardboard or thick card about the same width as the old clock's diameter (20 cm or 8" in my case), this is purely so that the hands are not too long or short.
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    Find the centre of your new dial by using the crossing point of the diagonals.
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    Next find the centre across one edge and draw a line through the centre point from here.
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    Using a pair of compasses (if projecting the Hour marks onto a conventional circle, draw two concentric circles with the inner one about 1cm (6/16") smaller than the larger.
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    Using a protractor lined up on the centre line at the 0/180 line and using the centre of the board to centre the protractor, make pencil marks at 30, 60, 90, 120 and 150 degrees.
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    Using the ruler, extend these marks into the concentric circles both side of the centre line. This means that you will draw the 1 o'clock and 7 o'clock marks at the same time. These marks can be made with a marker pen, paint, pieces of insulating tape, washers or other flat items (use hot glue or cyanoacrylate to hold them).
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    If you don't have a pair of compasses, you could use a diamond shape as shown in my finished version.
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    Drill an 8mm hole in the centre point of the clock using a piece of scrap wood to protect your work surface (not necessary if using a drill stand).
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    Mount the motor and tighten the nut, replace the hands and battery. If the motor does not have a hanger, you can either drill or punch two holes in the top corners of the clock and tie a piece of string through them to hang the clock from.

Warnings

  • Using Power tools requires caution. (As usual)

Things You'll Need

  • Piece of Hardboard (Paint white if not melamine covered)
  • Pencil
  • Permanent Marker Pen
  • Ruler
  • Protractor
  • Compasses
  • 8mm Drill bit with hand drill or power drill
  • Scrap piece of timber (if not using a stand drill)
  • Clock Motor and Hands

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