Friday, January 14, 2011

A clock made of an old Mac G4

I told you that clocks would take some space on this website.
I had an old Mac G4 and wanted to keep some part of it as a souvenir.

The Result:
A clock with a mouse pendulum

The tools needed:

A drill, a jigsaw

The material:

The side of the Mac G4, an old wired apple mouse, a clock pendulum mechanism from, a clothes hanger, 8 deck screws, piece of wood.

How to make it:

Through the front panel, I attached the pieces of plywood through the 4 holes. The shapes don't need to look like mine, I was lazy and let the wood shape the way it was.
I made a hole to let the shaft of the clock to go through the panel and attached it with the nut provided.
On the back, I used 4 more screws to "push" the clock a little bit more away from the wall.

The mouse had to be emptied from it's heavy electronic and I also emptied the cable from all the wires to insert a piece of the clothes hanger to hold everything and to avoid rotation of the mouse.

I "epoxied" a piece of the original pendulum that comes with the clock mechanism to get a good attachment.

The cost:

Assuming you are only buying the clock mechanism, it's around $12.

Where to buy it from:

I was lucky enough to find some more G4 parts, and I decided to sell few clocks $150 plus shipping, if you are interested in buying one let me know in the comment section or by email at


At least, you can give another life to your expensive outdated equipment...


  1. Steph, I just stumbled across your blog (well actually from Pinterest). I love so many of the projects you have featured. If you every have any interest in writing a guest post (tutorial style) on my blog, I'd love to have you.

    Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl

  2. Brittany,

    I will be happy as soon as I have something good enough for your blog to show :-) Thanks so much for the invite!