I don’t know what time it is!!! If only I had a clock!
But not just any clock. A four foot long digital clock made out of antique mahogany wood. Guess it is time to make some sawdust!
I bought a board of reclaimed mahogany from woodcraft:
Then I created a pattern for the led segments:
I used a scroll saw to cut the segments out of the wood, and a plunge router to hollow out the back side of the wood:
Add some wood varnish to the top side:
I used little pieces of brass super glued into holes that I drilled into the digits to connect them:
Here is the result:
HH:MM:SS (okay, this picture is terrible…)
It is all well and good, but kind of hard to tell time with no electronics.
Take some plexiglass:
Cut it to the shape of the LED segments (I used the scroll saw):
Get some LEDs. I am using blue:
Drill holes in the edge of the plexiglass and super glue the LEDs in the holes:
Sand one side of the plexiglass and paint the other side with metallic craft paint:
Apply some voltage:
The two bright LEDs will be hidden behind the wood, so that the LED segment will be nice and smoothly lit.
The whole thing will be wired up to an Arduino controller and various microchips.
I now have to build 45 more LED segments…
Updates to follow.
-- Wes, Garland, TX