Living hinge clock

After having three cheap wall clocks around the house die within a couple of weeks, I figured clockmaking might be more fun than clock shopping these days.

For my first clock I figured I’d keep it simple, not too ambitious with the design or materials. But then I looked at the output I was starting from, and realized that the ends of the living hinge side pieces look like tick marks.

After much tweaking the generator, and then giving up on that and doing manual living-hinge design (much “measure n times, cut n-1 times”), I got to a side wall that’d wrap the clock face with 60 segments.

Actually, this is my second clock, but it’s the first I’m keeping. Before chewing up good :proofgrade: maple on it I did some prototyping in draftboard. (There are a lot of living hinge pieces in my scrap pile now.) But that made a decent clock, too, so the kids decorated it with ink stamps to make a gift for some family. Here’s that one before attaching the clock movement:

Files & build notes in #free-laser-designs coming soon.


Very elegant design. Has a Scandinavian feel to it.


Simply beautiful.


A very clean look! Very nice.


That is very nice!

I really want to try to make a pendulum wind-up clock with my :glowforge: but fear the precision needed. I have never tried, but I hear it can take a lot of tweaking to get it working correctly…

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Nice work! Great idea to get 60 tick marks. Living hinge is PIA in my opinion. I feel I am always wrestling to get the pieces together.

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How clever of you to dual-purpose the living hinge like that—kudos!


Such a cool way to hide the motor. Good job.

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That looks great, I like it a lot!