I’m from France, but live in Canada and my stepbrother and his wife live in New-Zealand. So my partner asked me if we could have several clocks to know when to be in touch with family without having to think about the time zone. This is when I thought of Ikeahackers!
For this multi time zone clock hack, I used:
an old Ribba frame (the one that had five windows for the photos)
First : decide how to place the three windows and their size, for the clocks and the text.
Then, cutting these windows in the foam board (used to create a space between the clock and the glass so the needles can turn). This is quite a delicate part.
Then, marking the holes and drilling them in the back of the Ribba frame and the nice paper. On the paper, write the cities and point the hours for the clock.
Assembling everything, checking that it works, that there is enough space, that the needle are correctly aligned, etc. I used some double sided tape to maintain the paper on the back and some glue to fix the clocks on the back. I also cut the needles marking the seconds because it was making too much noise. When you cut it with a wire cutter, there is a small white mark that stays. You can give it back its red color by lightly burning it with a lighter.
Jules Yap started IKEAHackers.net in 2006 as a personal blog to showcase the most impressive IKEA hacks from all over the world. Since then, she has learned a lot more about power tools and DIY. Her site has helped thousands modify IKEA furniture with step-by-step tutorials, craft projects and home styling.