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Making a clock from an old CD drive

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A little project I've been thinking about for a while. So here it is.

What you will need.

  • A CD ROM drive (preferably non functional, I found an old one while spring cleaning)
  • Clockwork with hands (you can easily find one at a local craft store like Micheal's, Hobby Lobby or on Amazon)
  • A CD (I'm sure we all have a lot of useless CDs laying around)
  • Stick on numbers (I had planed on using these but decided against it after I had everything together)
  • A thin piece of clear plastic about 2" square, like you would find on blister packaging
  • A sharp hobby knife
  • Straight edge or metal ruler
  • Super glue
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Drill or drill press with 5/16" bit
  • *Optional desk stand* 1.5" x 6" strip of acrylic 1/8" thick, heat gun and double sided tape



First step is to completely disassemble the CD drive. What we want is the PC board. Sorry no pics for this step but this is fairly straight forward. Remove any screws form the outside, pry off the cover and you'll have the PCB and drive mechanism. Look for any screws holding the drive mechanism to the board and remove them. You should have the PCB by itself now.



Next we need a bit of clear plastic to help mount the CD to the clock. The hole in the center of the CD is too big for the post and nut on the clock mechanism. What I used was the packaging from my aftermarket PSP faceplate that I had laying around. It's that thin clear plastic you see everything encased in stores. You will need a flat piece about 2" square.




Now glue the plastic to the CD with some super glue. I used 4 small drops in the corners.



After the glue has dried, find the center and drill a 5/16" hole. Double check if 5/16" is the correct size bit for the shaft on your clock work before you drill. My cutting mat made it really easy to find the center.





Now to mount the clock works to the PCB.



This hole should be on your PCB, if not drill a 5/16" just above the center of the PCB.



Slip the shaft through and add the rubber washer.



Mount the CD and tighten the brass washer and nut against it. It helps to use a needle nose pliers to grip the nut as its really quite thin. Don't over tighten the nut.




The hour and minute hands should fit on easily enough. Secure with final nut and press the second hand in place.

Done! Hang it where you like.



If you want to have the clock stand up on your desk you will need a 1.5" x 6" piece of 1/8" acrylic, a heat gun and some double sided tape.

I had some scrap acrylic that I was practicing bending with that worked out nicely. The basic process is cut the acrylic to size, secure the acrylic to the edge of a table or counter sticking half way out, heat it up with the heat gun and bend it just a bit beyond 90*.




Use a bit of double sided tape to secure the acrylic to the back of the clock.



And done!

post #2 of 6
a purpose to re-use old CD-ROM's, I like. thumb.gif
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Looking good phili!
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So I showed my clock design to my sister and she has to have one. I found a local PC repair shop that was wiling to sell me a broken DVD drive. This one did not have the full size circuit board so I had to come up with a slightly different design this time.



it either stands on its own or can be hung on a wall. I hope she likes it.
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I like it, looks funky tongue.gif
post #6 of 6
Framed hard drives? PCB clocks? I gotta try some of these myself thumb.gif
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