The standard time keeper.
For a first small project, this hockey clock is probably the easiest item to build. It requires only a few sticks and no special considerations other than making sure it doesn’t fall off the wall. It’s fairly forgiving if you make a mistake and straightforward to build. Shown below is one such example of the basic wall clock. It can be any size you want, but the good old 10″ wall clock is fairly typical.
A very basic design approach:
- Clock Body
- Final Assembly
Listed below are the tools and hardware required. I don’t recall the exact number of sticks, but it was something around 4. You don’t necessarily need the circular saw for this one, but again, it makes the cleanest cut for making the face. Since you’re using a frame, it’s of slightly less importance.
- Miter saw
- 2 bar clamps (of sufficient length)
- Around 4 sticks.
- 1 boxes of #6, 1.25″ wood screws
- 2 #212 x 15/16″ screw eyes
- #4 Picture Frame Wire
- Liquid Nails or 1.5″ finishing nails
- Clock movement, try MVT7130
If you don’t want to use the circular saw, cutting 7 sticks on the miter saw with a template works just fine here. Read Building for a picture .
Next, cut the frame pieces. As I’ve said on other pages, it helps to oversize the frame cuts and “shave” down slowly as you fit things together. Attach them using bar clamps and Liquid Nails and/or finishing nails.
Once you’ve added the frame, secure the time piece into place. The movement as always is a MVT7130. Attach the movement using the wrench and follow the instructions in Building for hand lengths if you decide to do something a little different.
Below shows the hand lengths and the clearance of the hands above the clock face.
Now you can use the pliers to attach the picture frame wire through the eyelets on either side. The wire should have a little give in it so it hangs easier. As for the look of the wire in the image; SketchUp isn’t easiest to use in that regard. I solder my hanging wire knots together to ensure they don’t move but isn’t necessary.
For a full model of the stick wall clock, check Models.