Part of Unit: Beginning and Advanced Projects
Lesson Plan Overview / Details
This is a very simple project that can be made in a week but is unique looking and relatively inexpensive. It can be made with a mixture of hardwoods including exotic woods that really make it stand out. A clock mechanism and hands are required.
One week project
- 5 Class periods
- 1 Week
California Career and Technical Education Standards
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California Academic Content Standards (Reinforced)
Objectives and Goals
- Students will demonstrate safe practices in using hand tools, portable tools and machine tools in the processing of material to produce this project.
- The goal of this project is to introduce students to everyday objects that can be turned into a work of art.
Activities in this Lesson
- What time is it? - Hooks / Set
Show students the difference between standard office supply clocks that are used in schools, hospitals, office buildings, etc. The simple round black and white clocks that have zero personality but do what they were design to do...tell time. Then show them examples of what is possible. Clocks that still give the correct time but are interesting to look at and beautiful.
Have students think about the personality of this clock. Ask them "if this clock was a car, what kind of car would it be?" or "if this clock was a person, what kind of person would it be?" or "if this clock was a sport, what kind of sport would it be?"
The stick clock does not require much wood so students will have more options in their materials. Show them examples of exotic woods they can use.
If you don't have exotic wood, use hardwoods or softwoods if that is all you have available.
You can purchase exotics through a company I use in Utah called Craft Supplies. They have a catalog called the Woodturner's Catalog. This company is totally dedicated to everything having to do with wood turning. They sell wood blanks that measure 1" x 1" x 12". They range in price starting around $1.50. Call them for a catalog. You can cut 4 pieces/strips/sticks if you cut them on the tablesaw. You can also cut on the bandsaw but will have more sanding to remove the cut marks.
ALSO...VERY IMPORTANT- the clock mechanism must have a 1" long shaft to extend through the 3/4" thick stack of the 6 pieces. Order hands also. Klockit is a great resource.
- Demo the Stick Clock - Demo / Modeling
Show a picture or a sample of the finished project. Explain that one type of wood may be used or a variety of different pieces can also be used to make the project.
Before going to the machines pass out a project plan for the project. (See below)
Discuss all steps and then proceed with the demo.
Process all pieces on the machines. Make one clock using only one type of wood and another using various types of wood according to the plans.
Demo how to sand the plugs on a disc sander to remove quickly, if necessary. Also demo the palm sander and hand sanding with a sanding block.
To save time during the demo, have a set of pieces sanded and ready for gluing. Demonstrate the gluing steps. (Use the handout provided to correctly align pieces for gluing.)
Demonstrate how to attach to clock mechanism to the clock.
- Stick Clock - Plans [ Download ] Picture of Stick Clock with step by step instructions
- Making the Stick Clock - Guided Practice
Make sure the students have the necessary tools available to them to make the process go smoothly.
Pre-cut 1/8" push sticks made from hardboard or melamine, These are necessary for ripping the sticks. If you are not comfortable with your students making this narrow cut you can make the cut for them.
Also have a 3/8" drill bit and a 3/8" plug cutter available near the drill press.
Have them follow the steps on the project handout.
After all pieces are cut and sanded, they can be glued together.
Follow the direction from the handout - Pattern for Gluing Stick Clock
Spray the clock with an oil finish - lacquer or polyurathane finish.
Attach the clock as demostrated by the teacher.
- Pattern for Gluing Stick Clock [ Download ] null
- Assessment Types:
- Rubrics, Projects, Observations,
Share rubric with students before they start. Discuss your expectations of their work. (see attached)
Observe students safety demonstrated thoughout their project.
Grade the overall appearance.
- Rubric_stick clock.doc [ Download ] null