ADDAMS FAMILY CLOCK

Addams Family Clock

If you’ve ever watched the 1991 Addams Family Movie then you must remember the amazing clock that appears in the opening scenes of the film. It was a miniature version of the Addams Family Mansion. The automaton clock was specially constructed by a movie prop company and it cost thousands of dollars to produce, however, it wasn’t actually a real clock, it was just a movie prop operated by technicians on the set.

Now you can build your own Addams family Clock and it won’t cost you thousands.

This instructable contains plans and instructions showing you how you can make your own mini version of this famous movie icon.

Tools needed / Skill Level

If you have a scroll saw and a disc sander and some basic woodworking experience, you will have no problems building this project. However, the quality of the finished product will depend on how accurately you cut and finish the individual pieces.

Time Scale

You can make this beautiful replica in about two weekends. The clock is a perfect woodworking project and will look really great in your home or Halloween display.

PDF Instructions & Templates

The plans come as PDF files containing detailed instructions on how to cut and assemble the clock. You also get full-sized paper templates to help with the cutting out process, and detailed A4 artwork to print out and to apply to the clock. You simply supply the wood, the glue, and a clock movement.



Supplies

  • 5 x A3 sheets of 3mm MDF sheet (approx.)
  • 1x 60ml tube of UHU glue
  • 1x 22g Pritt Stick
  • 1 x 85 mm clock insert (see notes below)
  • 11 sheets of Matt Inkjet printer paper
  • Odd bits of softwood

NB. The clock insert must have an outside diameter of 85mm and an internal clock size of less than 75mm or it will not be correct for this clock. There are a number of suppliers of these types of units.

PLEASE SEE THE NOTES ABOUT SUITABLE CLOCK INSERTS IN 01-INSTRUCTIONS.PDF

Step 1: Print the Templates & Cut Out

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Print

Using your home printer with A4 plain paper, print out the file 02-TEMPLATES.PDF in landscape format. This will print full-sized templates for the clock components. If you are printing from the Adobe Acrobat reader program, make sure that you have set the print output to be actual size or you will get incorrectly sized templates. You can check that everything is sized correctly by checking the test square on the first page of the templates. It should measure exactly 5 cm square.

Cut

Once you are happy that the template printouts are scaled correctly, cut them out with scissors (as close to the lines as possible) and glue them to the face of the 3mm MDF sheets. Arrange them carefully to minimize wastage. I would recommend Pritt Stick or something similar to stick them onto the MDF. Make sure that you fix them securely, especially under the cut lines, as the scroll saw action can lift the templates off the MDF when cutting.

Step 2: Cut and Sand the Component Pieces

Scroll Saw & Sander

When your templates are all glued securely, cut out the component pieces carefully with the scroll saw (as close to the lines as possible) and then sand accurately to the lines. Some pieces (mostly roof pieces) will need bevelling at 45 degrees on one, or all, of their back edges. The edges that need bevelling are marked on the templates. Be accurate with your cutting and sanding as this will affect the fit of the parts when you start to assemble.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE DETAILED ASSEMBLY DIAGRAMS IN 01-INSTRUCTIONS.PDF

Step 3: Assembly

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Side Walls

Before you assemble the components remove the paper templates by dabbing them with a damp cloth. This will loosen the glue. Don’t use too much water as the MDF will soak it up. Make a note of the numbers on the templates which identify each piece. You can write the identifying numbers on the MDF pieces with a marker pen.

Using the UHU glue, start to assemble the clock starting with the base piece, then building up the walls around the base. Apply the glue sparingly to the edges and avoid stringing. Refer to the assembly drawings on the following pages so you know which parts go where and in which order. Make sure that everything is square when gluing.

Roof

When you have assembled the sidewalls of the clock you can start on the roof. The roof is a bit more difficult as the pieces are beveled and the roof has many odd angles. Again, refer to the photographs and assembly diagrams to check that you have got everything in the right place.

Make sure all faces of the MDF are lightly sanded to remove any rough edges and glue residue.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE DETAILED ASSEMBLY DIAGRAMS IN 01-INSTRUCTIONS.PDF

Step 4: Make the Bits & Bobs

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Most of the construction work is now complete but the clock has a few extra pieces that you will need to make from softwood.

A – DORMERS

There are six small dormers to be made and two taller ones.

B – CHIMNEYS

You will also need to make two chimney stacks from scrap wood sized 20mm x 20mm x 50mm. The MDF chimney tops (Pieces 82 and 83) can then be glued to the top of each stack.

NB. Don’t fix the chimneys to the base unit just yet.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE DETAILED ASSEMBLY DIAGRAMS IN 01-INSTRUCTIONS.PDF

Step 5: Painting

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Now it’s time to start painting some of the details on the clock.

Please paint ALL the highlight colors in black.

  • PLINTH: Black
  • CANOPY Black
  • COLUMNS Black
  • BASE: Black
  • BAY WINDOW ROOF: Black
  • CONSERVATORY ROOF: Black
  • BALCONY TOP: Black
  • DORMER: Black
  • DORMER WINDOWS: Black
  • TOWER BASE: Black

The paint should be matt, silk, or satin finish. Only a small amount of paint is needed so a good idea is to use tester pots from the local hardware store. Apply two coats of paint and sand the wood if necessary to get a good overall finish.

Step 6: Apply the Graphics

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When your paint has dried you can start to apply the artwork.

Print out the two files 03-GRAPHICS-WALLS.PDF and 04-GRAPHICS-ROOF.PDF on your color inkjet printer. Print them on A4 Matt Inkjet Paper, or Thin Inkjet Card. Make sure that you have set your printer for the correct paper type and at the highest quality setting. Also, make sure that the printout is scaled correctly by using the same print settings that you did with the templates. Let the artwork dry out for 20 mins or so, to prevent smudging when you are handling it. If the artwork is damp it is also more difficult to cut out.

Walls

Starting with the walls, cut out the artwork, piece by piece, following the numbered sequence shown on the application diagram.

It is better to do each piece in numbered order so as not to get mixed up with the sequence. Note that some pieces can be similar in size but have different artwork on them. Cut slightly INSIDE the grey cut lines so that you don’t see the grey line on the cutout piece. Check that the piece fits on the clock and then apply glue to the back of each piece with the Pritt stick.

Be careful

not to get any glue on the front face of the piece as it will smudge and leave unsightly marks. Apply each piece to the clock carefully and smooth it out, making sure that it is flat and there are no air bubbles or creases. Make sure the artwork is straight and aligned properly. If you make a mistake you can always remove it and print another piece. The corners of the building will be covered with vertical paper strips so don’t worry if you leave any small gaps at the edges.

Most of the work is self-explanatory and as you progress you will see where the graphics should fit. Please refer to the color photographs of the finished clock to double-check the placement. When the walls are completed you can apply the strips to the edges of the clock to complete the effect of the wooden planking.

Roof

The roof graphics are applied in the same way, just make sure that the tile patterns line up correctly. Some of the roof pieces are similar in shape and if you are not careful they can be applied upside down. Again don’t worry about the edges because you will cover them with strips to give a roof edging effect.

When all wall and roof graphics have been applied, and the wall and roof edging strips, you can move on to the final assembly stage.

Step 7: Final Assembly

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Bay Window

Cut out and apply the graphics to the bay window and fix it in place at the front of the clock.

Conservatory

Cut out and apply the graphics to the conservatory and fix it in place at the side of the clock. The conservatory graphics wrap around in one piece.

Chimneys

Apply the brick graphics to the chimneys and fix them in place on the roof where marked. The chimney graphics wrap around in one piece and will need to be trimmed to fit.

Small Dormers

Cut out and apply the graphics to the six small dormers and fix them in place on the roof.

Tall Dormers

Cut out and apply the graphics to the two tall dormers and fix them in place on the roof and on the tower.

Large Dormer

Cut out and apply the graphics to the large dormer and fix it in place at the side of the clock tower.

Porch Canopy

Glue the columns in place and fix the whole assembly to the porch.

Clock Insert

Slide your clock insert into the tower (be careful not to scratch the artwork on the balcony)

Make a Base

You can also make a wooden base for the clock if you wish.

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