A great gift: the homemade wooden clock

A handmade wooden clock lies on a table
The perfect gift this Christmas

  • Difficulty
  • Cost
    12-15 £
  • Duration
    1-3 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.

You need
  • tape measure
  • screw clamps
  • safety glasses
  • pencil
  • 1 wooden board: 144 x 6 x 1.5 cm (LxWxH)
  • 10 screws: 4 x 30 mm (DxL)
  • Clockwork and hand
  • Tape for hanging
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter

Let's go - step by step

Step 1 6

Measure out the size of the clock

To make the clock yourself, the correct dimensions are drawn in pencil on a wooden board.
Mark the appropriate measurements with a tape measure and a pencil

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.

Step 2 6

Saw the wooden board

For the self-made clock, the wooden board is sawn with a circular saw.
Use a cordless circular saw to cut the wood to size

You need: Hand-held circular saws, Jigsaws, Accessories for jigsaws, screw clamps, safety glasses

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.

Step 3 6

Sand the wood for a smooth finish

The edges of the wooden boards are sanded with a multi-sander.
Sand down the edges for a smooth finish

You need: Multi-sander, Sanding sheets for multi-sander (180 grit), Sanding sponge, safety glasses

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.

Colourful boards

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.

Step 4 6

Screw the boards together

The wooden boards are put together to form the clock shape using screws and a drill.
Time to make the clock

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.


Telling the time

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.

Step 5 6

Drill the hole for clock hand

A hole is drilled in the middle of the wooden plate with a cordless drill.
Drill a hole for clockwork

You need: Cordless Drill, Wood Drill Bit Set, pencil, screw clamps

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.


Step 6 6

Adding the finishing touches

The finished clock lies on a table; one hand holds the clock hands
Just add 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!