Here is a fun project we made a while back that involved soldering, coding and have a case 3D printed.
I had the box custom 3d printed on Makexyz.com.The lid slides off, out the back.
I used an Arduino Deumilanove because I will need to change the time for daylight savings and want an easy way to do that. If I had used one of my stand alone Arduinos, that would mean removing the chip and putting in another Arduino and then updating the time from the computer. This way I can just connect the clock to the computer without the need to remove the chip.
I also added a light sensor to automatically adjust the brightness of the display.
The nice thing about the Chronodot RTC is that it is very accurate and has a coin cell battery backup. If you ever lose power the clock will still be correct when power comes back on.
Basically we used a piece of perfboard to solder all the 7 segment display and RTC connections and then route them to the Arduino.
If I were to ever do another clock I would somehow make it auto adjust for daylight savings. Maybe someday will write up a tutorial. Here are some more photos.
Back of clock with plug and light sensor.
Inside of clock.
Inside of clock closeup.