Learn how to make this easy DIY wood clock with leftover scrap plywood and a wall clock kit. Add a reclaimed pallet wood looks with this detailed tutorial.
It is time to make a clock! (see what I did there?)
I am all about having a clock in every corner of the house. I want to be able to look up (and turn around, if needed) and see a clock if I need to – no matter what where I am standing or sitting.
So yes, we do have a clock in every room and if I could, maybe 2 in larger rooms like the living room.
Here is the problem though – being a creative at heart, I can’t get myself to put up basic simple clocks.
But I can’t get myself to spend a lot of $$$ on fancy clocks…
Obviously, I have to make them!
This one was really fun and easy to make AND it used up a bunch of scrap plywood I had – so win, win!
I recently gave our staircase a makeover and the risers got a real quick and easy but gorgeous makeover.
I had a bunch of end pieces leftover from cutting down the plywood underlayment that I put to work and now can tell me the time! 🙂
You can adapt this design to give it a modern look with paint or add a slightly rustic touch with stain like I did.
Materials needed to make a wood clock
- Thin Scrap plywood (I used 7/32″ plywood underlayment) – you can use ¼″ plywood too.
- Scrap ¼″ MDF or plywood
- Wood stains in a few colors. I used Walnut, Nutmeg and Golden Oak.
- Clock mechanism kit (look for shaft length based on the thickness of your plywood)
- Jigsaw or scroll saw or band saw
- Power drill
- Table saw or a BladeRunner X2 (which is what i used)
- White paint pen
- A strong glue
How to make a wood clock
Step 1 – Cut base
- Draw a circle on the MDF/plywood in the size you like. The common size for a regular wall clock is between 10″ – 16″. You can use anything round like a pot lid or dinner plate to trace.
- Cut out the circle using a jigsaw. ( If you have a scroll saw or bandsaw, it might be easier to cut with higher accuracy)
Step 2 – Prepare Strips
- Rip the pieces of thin plywood/underlayment into 2″ wide strips. I used my BladeRunner X2 for this. You can also use a table saw.
- Stain or paint the strips.
Step 3 – Attach strips
- Layout the strips on top of the MDF circle and adjust until you like the design.
- Attach them using a strong glue like Super Glue.
Step 4 – Cut off strips
Flip the circle over and cut off the overhanging plywood pieces using a jig saw or scroll saw.
Step 5 – Add clock numbers
- Mark the clock numbers.
- Add clock numbers. I used a paint pen to write the numbers. You can use stickers or ready-made clock numbers.
How do you number a clock
- Find the center point of the clock and mark it.
- Mark the vertical and horizontal diameters of the clock face and divide it into equal quarters. These are the “12,” “3,” “6,” and “9” positions.
- If you would like to mark the other positions, they are the 30 and 60 degree positions. You can use a speed square of protractor to mark this
Step 6 – Add wall clock kit.
Mark center of the clock and attach the clock mechanism kit following the instructions on the package.
Tip – Use the same size drill bit as the size of the shaft of the clock mechanism and drill from the front to the back so any splintered wood is hidden on the back.
That is it!
A simple and quick DIY wood clock project that will look great with any decor style!
More DIY wood wall clock ideas –
- How to make a wooden wall clock by Woodshop Diaries
- How to make a DIY wood wall clock by Just Measuring Up