A great gift: the homemade wooden clock
- Cost12-15 £
- Duration1-3 h
Christmas is soon approaching and you will buying friends and family presents. Why not give a homemade gift this Christmas by creating our wooden clock. Just follow our simple step by step guide.
Let's go - step by step
Measure out the size of the clock
You need: pencil, tape measure, wooden board
To create your homemade wooden clock, measure out a total lengh of 24cm and then measure out even spaces so when you cut the wood you will have six even wooden boards. Using this measurement means your clock will be square shaped, the same as our example.
Saw the wooden board
Now time to saw the wooden boards to make the clock. Make sure to clamp the wooden boards to the work bench with screw clamps before you start, so it doesn’t slip while you are sawing. Remember to wear protective goggles too. Once you have finished sawing you should have six equal-sized wooden boards.
Before sawing, set the correct cutting height to match the thickness of the material, so you get a clean cut.
Sand the wood for a smooth finish
Use a cordless multi-sander to sound down the wooden boards so that they have a smooth finish. To protect your eyes from the sanding dust, wear protective goggles. Use a vacuum to suck up the sanding dust once you are done.
If you would prefer a colourful clock rather than a natural wood look, simply paint the boards in a colour of your choice. Use a spray paint or 2-in-1 paint of your choice that you apply with a brush.
Screw the boards together
You need: Cordless Drill, screw clamps, 10 screws, hanging strap
Now position the boards: four horizontal boards make the front of the clock and the other two boards sit vertically on the back a stabilisation. Next screw the boards together but remember to pre-drill holes using a cordless drill.
If you would like to hang up the clock, then add an extra two screws on the back, where you will be able to attach string to hang up the clock. An easier alternative is using self-adhesive hooks.
If you want numbers on your clock then simply use stencils of numbers one to twelve and some paint and a brush to paint the numbers onto the clock.
Drill the hole for clock hand
Almost done - the penultimate step: With a cordless drill using a 4mm wood drill bit, drill a hole for the clockwork. It's best to mark the middle of the board with a pencil, then you'll know exactly where to drill. You can clamp the board with screw clamps, so that it does not slip.
Adding the finishing touches
You need: clockwork and hand
Now add the clockwork to your clock from the back of the hole and then attach the clock hands.
Your clock is now ready!