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Design A Clock Challenge

Design brief

A clock manufacturer has been making a plain wooden clock face for a number of years, but now wants to expand their range of clocks. You have been asked to develop a number of interesting designs and produce one of these.

To aid your designing the clock manufacturer has provided technical information on the clock movement they would like you to use in your product. All dimensions are in mm. Recommended drill size for shaft 8mm.

They have also provided a .dxf file for a blank template which can be customised before being cut on a laser cutter. The center hole and the number positions are ready laid out for you.



Clock face number alignment template

If you are cutting a face from a material by hand then this handy template may help. Simply cut a hole in the centre of the template and the around the edge. If you want your numbers to be close in to the centre cut around a smaller ring. There is a larger scale version of this diagram below.



If you're stuck for inspiration check out these examples, one made using a laser cut face with a fabric cover, the other from an old LP.




Download a larger version of the clock face template here.

Download a .dxf file for cutting here.

Download a pdf version of this page here pdf_icon.gif

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3 thoughts on “Design A Clock Challenge”

  • Maple Scrap Clock « public_html December 10, 2015 at 6:05 am

    […] to add ‘dots’ to the clock in the form of 3/8″ oak dowels. I printed out this clock template and placed it on the face of the clock using a point of a nail to mark the center point of each […]

  • Mark Hill March 25, 2018 at 3:47 am

    I'm looking for a plastic template like yours above,years ago I use to make clocks but lost my temp plates for numbers

    • Rob Haywood March 26, 2018 at 2:44 pm

      Hi Mark,

      We don't sell these, most schools that use them just print them out and use a paper version.


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