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Talking Clock - Part V

With all the electronics complete, it was time to work on the enclosure. It took 15 hours to print.

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Before I stain the enclosure, I want to give it a good sanding. I hate sanding. How do you sand something like this with the least amount of effort?

Spin it really fast!

I created somewhat of a jig so that I could attach it to my drill.

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It fits perfectly. I’m going to try it on my old prototype print first. I’d hate to ruin the wooden one. That PLA is expensive!

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It secured it at both end with some nuts. I then put some hot glue on the nuts to stop them from spinning off.

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All I have to do now is spin it at a few thousand RPMs and hold some sandpaper against it. It’s genius!

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Wow it came out so smooth. And it took me no time at all.

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Proof-of-concept nailed. I then did the same thing with the wooden one.

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It’s sooooo smooth! I just had to do a small portion of the top by hand, but this wooden PLA is super-easy to sand.

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I then gave it some stain. I really love how the layers in the print give it the look of wood grain.

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While the stain dried, I got to work on the inserts for the speaker. The plan is to wrap them in speaker fabric and click them into the top.

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They have some tabs on the bottom. Once they go in, they don’t come out.

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Despite the crazy geometry and the complexity of the model, they came out really good.

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…and they fit perfectly. I picked up some speaker fabric and cut out some small squares. I then wrapped up the inserts and popped them in.

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It looks amazing. I just have a few small tweaks to make to my code and I think it’ll be time to install the electronics.

See this project from start to finish:
Adafruit's VS1053 MP3 Player Breakout
Talking Clock - Part I
Talking Clock - Part II
Talking Clock - Part III
Talking Clock - Part IV
Talking Clock - Part V
Talking Clock - Part VI