The watchband on my Pebble broke a few days ago, and until I try my hand at leather-working with the 'forge I thought I’d make a temporary one out of wood. First I tried a living hinge, but I’ve had mixed results with that and I wanted something a bit stronger. I also wanted to use more of the “scrap” wood I’ve been generating from other projects. Here’s what I came up with:
The band is made up of several wooden links (1/8" hardwood, pictured above), small, M2x19MM bolts, M2 nuts, and a few lasered wooden clasp pieces. The clasp pieces need work, as they are too weak to suffer much abuse at the moment, but the band has held up since I lasered this thing out, so I’ll call that a victory. I’ll upload the .svg file when I’ve fixed the clasp issue.
The file contains just enough pieces to fit my wrist (plus and extra or two), so ymmv. Also this was very difficult to assemble–I recommend feeding the bolts through the links first, laying the band on its side on top of the heads and then screwing the nuts on this way. I have a nerve disease, though, so if I can do it, it’s likely you can, too. Final note: if this were to be a permanent band, I’d put a drop of superglue near the end of each bolt at the nut. This wouldn’t glue the nut in place, but would keep it from traveling off the both–should you wish to remove the nuts and add/subtract links, acetone/nail polish remover would do the trick.
Edit: Here’s the .svg – I’d love for someone to improve on this. The clips currently work by tension from a correct fit on the wrist and simply clip onto the metal rods in the watch face for a clasp-less design. I’ve included both my original design and newer design for the clip. Also I’m terrible at tetris-ing. Does anyone have a script or something they use to get the pieces to fit? I use Inkscape.
Edit 2: I realized I should include the clasp and link files individually in case you need more links. Here they are: tessellate at your own risk.