How to make a rock clock

In their classic '70s rock hit, the band Chicago asked, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” This DIY project ensures that no one will ever be wondering — at least if they’re in your home — again.
The creative crafter can customize this project to fit any color scheme because the bottom half of the clock’s face is painted with chalk paint. The hours are denoted with striking polished black river rocks, which add a natural tone to the clock. Appropriate for hanging on the wall or leaning inside a bookshelf, this clock will garner attention for its beauty while serving an oft-needed function.
- Plywood disk in preferred size (6.5-inch or 10-inch diameter sizes work well)
- Ruler
- Pencil
- 1- to 2-inch thick oblong wooden block, about 3 by 6 inches
- Two wood clamps
- Cordless drill
- Sanding sponge
- Painter’s blue masking tape
- Chalk paint
- Small fine art paint brush
- Small bowl
- Polished river rocks
- Marker in metallic color
- Gorilla glue
- Clock movement kit
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1. Lay the wooden disk on the work table.
2. Locate the disk’s center point using the ruler, and mark it with a small “+” in pencil.
3. Place the wooden block on one of the corners of the table so it fits within the corner and does not overlap.
4. Place the wooden disk on top of the block, ensuring that the wooden block is below the center point of the disk.
5. Secure the disk in its place using the wood clamps; one clamp should align with the table edge horizontally, the other vertically.
6. Drill a small hole in the center of the disk with the cordless drill.
7. Blow away any excess sawdust and smooth the surface around the drilled hole by rubbing it gently with a sanding sponge.
8. Place a piece of painter’s tape horizontally along the middle of the disk.
9. Make certain that the upper portion of the paint strip delineates the center horizontal line on the disk.
10. Apply the chalk paint in preferred color to the entire bottom half of the clock face using the paintbrush. Allow the paint to dry.
11. Remove the tape from the clock face.
12. Get the bowl filled with polished river rocks and, using the metallic marker, write the numbers “12,” “3,” “6” and “9” on four of the rocks.
13. Affix the rocks in the appropriate places (“12” at the top, “3” on the center right side, “6” on the bottom, and “9” on the left center side of the clock face) with the Gorilla glue.
14. Glue two more unmarked rocks between each numbered rock.
15. Allow the glue to dry.
16. Take the square clock movement hardware piece — make sure it has an AA battery in it — and place it behind the clock. Thread its metal pin through the hole in the clock’s center.
17. Spin the small circular hardware pieces on the pin so the movement hardware piece is secure.
18. Wind the minute hand onto the pin.
19. Wind the hour hand onto the pin.
20. Wind the second hand onto the pin.
21. Secure the small circular hardware piece on top of the clock hands to hold them in place.
22. Set the correct time, and hang the clock.
You're sure to get loads of compliments on this one-of-a-kind timekeeper!

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