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Talking Clock - Part VI

With all the Talking Clock electronics complete and the code written, it was time to finally assemble this clock. It took just about 2.5 months from start to finish. I would have finished it sooner, but some of that time was spent juggling other projects.


The stain on the enclosure finally dried and the speaker inserts came out great. I got to work on installing the innards. I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t easy.


Inserting the illuminated play button in the top was easy enough, but sneaking the wires past the speaker to the PCB was no easy task. Despite the fact that I made some space to sneak the wires past the speaker, it was a little cumbersome. The wires ended up being an inch or so too short for me to reach them once the inner chassis was installed. It made it impossible to slide them onto the header pins, even with the aid of some needle-nose pliers. I ended up soldering on a few extra inches of wire to make them long enough to reach.


Once that was sorted out, the chassis slid right in with a tight fit; no need for extra screws or hot glue. It’s in for good.


I really wanted this clock to be something special, so I spared no expense, took my time, and made sure everything was perfect. No shortcuts, half measures, or it’ll do’s. It came out better than I’d hoped. I just hope it shows in the final assembly.


Here it is in action…

Talking Clock Final Build

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