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Make your own vinyl record clock

If you're a music enthusiast (or know somebody who is and expects a gift from you), nothing beats a vinyl record clock. I'm a huge fan of simplicity and this clock takes the cake. Note: I chose to purchase a clock movement kit since it was inexpensive and I didn't have any old clocks lying around to cannibalize parts from.

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1

Choose a record

There's no point destroying a perfectly good record (let alone one you like), so I recommend choosing one that's no longer playable. I chose a "Hit Explosion" record that had a pretty big gouge on one side.

Choose a record
2

Expand the record's hole

I chose a 1/4" clock movement kit because most vinyl record holes are approximately 1/4" in diameter. This size clock kit includes a clock movement that has a 1/4" spindle. Using your drill and a 5/16" drill bit, widen the record's center hole so that the spindle will more easily fit into the record.

Expand the record's hole
3

Attach the clock movement to the record

Push (or screw) the clock movement's spindle through the record's center hole. Using the supplied hardware (normally a nut and washer), secure the clock movement to the record. You can tighten the nut with your fingers -- using a wrench is unnecessary and might crack the record.

Attach the clock movement to the record
4

Paint the clock hands (optional)

Most clock movement kits come with black hands and, since most vinyl records are black, you might want to paint them. I painted my clock hands orange to match the label of the record I'm using. If you don't feel like breaking out the spray paint, you can order a clock movement with silver or gold hands (though I've found the 1/4" kits to be hard to find in these colors).

5

Attach the clock hands

Clock movement kits vary -- I recommend checking the instructions that came with your kit to ensure that you don't break the very fragile tiny hands.

Attach the clock hands
6

Hang up your clock

The clock movement kit I ordered (which I've linked to at the top of this guide) has an integrated hanger. This is super useful and saves a ton of time. Now you just need to hammer a nail into the wall and voila! You're finished!

Hang up your clock