How to Make a Clock from Wood Blocks | DIY Project

How to Make a Clock from Wood Blocks
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Are you thinking to buy a clock made up of wood blocks? Great! It’s always good to have a fancy-looking wooden clock in your dining room. This makes the room look classic and the gives your dining room an elegant look. But wait! Are you going to buy it from the market? Well buying one from the market will take a lot of your time. Why don’t you make one by your own self?

Well, buying a clock made up of pallet wood can be one solution, but there are always risks involved in buying the products from the market. Especially, buying the small stuff like a wall clock, chair or bench! As it cost you more money than making one at home. So why to pay more for the product which can be made at a lower cost? Why don’t you make one by your own self?

You don’t need to worry about it. What if we teach you how to make a clock from pallet wood blocks? Isn’t it great? You only need to follow this step by step tutorial to make a clock from pallet wood blocks and you will end up making one by yourself.

For this, you need to have an intermediate level of knowledge about operating woodcutter, miter saw, and hand saw.

Building a clock from pallet wood blocks is not difficult now! As we are here with the detailed step by step demonstration.

Let’s get started!

Items Needed for this Project

Here is the list of materials and tools you will need to complete this DIY woodworking project.

  • Lumber blocks
  • Miter saw
  • Table saw
  • Hand saw
  • Circular saw
  • Metal Screws
  • Plastic screws
  • Speed square
  • Half inch dowel
  • Drill with driver bits
  • Chisel rod
  • Round fleet pads
  • Razor blade
  • Random-orbit sander
  • Carpenter's square
  • Electronic Drill Machine
  • Wooden glue
  • Drill press
  • Metal Scale
  • Pen or Pencil for marking
  • Hammer
  • Paint/polish (brown)

You can easily find the above-mentioned material from your nearest hardware store. As the material is very generic in nature and also you can search online as well for good rates and can buy it from there. The only thing you have to make sure is the quality of the hardware products you are buying. If the quality of the products would be good your drink table would last long! So I would suggest you buy it from one of the trusted stores.

Step By Step Instructions

After buying all the necessary material required for this project you are ready to start the project of making a clock from pallet wood blocks. Follow this step by step procedure to make an elegant and long lasting clock from pallet wood blocks.

Step 1: Measure, Mark and Cut the Blocks

Take out the moving mechanism of the old clock to fix it in the new clock from pallet wood blocks.

Use screwdrivers to take out the screws and mechanism of the clock.

Measure and cut the blocks in half’s to get the proper block height

Use a metal scale for proper measurement and make sure that you would mark it properly.

Now cut the wood blocks by using a table saw and make sure your grip is good while cutting the wood.

Now you will have nine wood blocks with you arrange them to place the clock mechanism on it to see it look for testing purposes.

Measure the movement mechanism stem height and cut it same thickness pieces of center block

Mark and cut it out the hole where mechanism will be hidden.

Use hand drill to make holes in the block, like this:

Do make sure you will make holes on all the four corners of the block so that screws will get fixed in it in future.

After making the holes cut the sides of the block as per your measurement.

Use wooden blocks to support the cutting block, and to have a proper grip over it.

It will look like this.

Pro Tips

  • Use table saw to cut the blocks
  • Use wooden pieces to help the cutting while working on the table saw.
  • Apply the wood filler to fill all the wood imprecation
  • Mark well before cutting any block or wood piece.
  • Make sure after cutting the blocks properly.
  • Small pieces would be used to give the wooden clock more durability.
  • Avoid moving while cutting the woodblocks as it can make you mistake and you can cut the wood in a wrong way.
  • Use hand saw to cut the lumber if you don’t have any other tool with you
  • Use a workbench to secure the lumber so that it doesn’t move while cutting.
  • Use the drill machine carefully to ensure safety.
  • Use a sharp pencil or a marker for proper marking on the wood.
  • Use small teeth blade to achieve a much smoother edge.
  • Try to cut every wooden part patiently for better finishing.

Step 2: Marking the Center Point and Fixing the Clock Mechanism

Found a center point and made a hole for the clock stand, like this:

Mix the gluing material to glue the mechanism on the wood block.

Now paste the material on the clock mechanism and make sure that it has all its sides covered

Now paste the clock mechanism on the block wood and make sure that it is pasted well.

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Meanwhile clock mechanism is drying glue the cover of the box with glue.

Once the Centerpiece is done and after gluing it will look like this.

Pro Tips

  • Use sharp edge blades to cut the lumber smoothly.
  • If needed, you can use the clamp as a balancing scale.
  • Grip the lumber firmly while cutting it via table saw.
  • Use a wood piece to support the cutting
  • Trim the wood well and don’t leave any lag behind
  • Use a drafting square for more accuracy
  • Use a metal scale to mark the straight lines.
  • Use a drafting square scale as carpenter squares for better measurements.
  • Hold the table firmly while cutting the lumber by using a hand saw.
  • Do important table saw safety measures
  • Use straight measure tape instead of worn tape
  • Don’t forget to smoothen all the sides of blocks.In order to Keep the safety of the hands on priority, Use wooden helping hammer for cutting the small wedges rather than doing it with the hands
  • After fixing the lumber parts together let the glue dry.

Step 3: Making and Assembling Block Sizes

Now it’s time to prepare the other blocks for final assemble. To make and assemble the size of the block cut them at 45-degree angle.

Make sure you would make some jig of 45-degree angle for a proper cut and use table saw for a proper cutting of the block.

After cutting one side it will look like this.

Repeat the same thing on the other side of the block as well and do make sure that the angle is 45 degrees.

Use a chisel to remove cut wood and make sure that all wood pieces are of equal size.

After making the side equal with chisel rod make a prototype to see if things are going well or not.

Pro Tips

  • Mark well before cutting the wood blocks
  • Make sure that the points you marked are correct and before filling the glue in the holes for testing purposes try to fix it to see the flaws.
  • If you find any flaw fix them and to avoid further flaws retest it by fixing it again.
  • If you can fix the flaw change to lumber piece and cut the new one to fix it with the other lumber.
  • Fill the glue in the corners of the block and then fix the lower part of the table.

Step 4: Prepare the Back Board and Fix the Wooden Blocks

Prepare back wood for all blocks by cutting 12mm ply wood.

Start attaching the block starting from the clock mechanism, like this:

Use glue to attach the center one and make sure it is paste well.

After gluing the center one it will look like this.

Make sure that the each block have 7mm of gaps, so for this, I will be measuring the distance and will use 7mm spacers before fixing it.

Fixing the final spacers is quite simple you spacers block in preferred place and in clamp the blocks while maintaining the measurable space.

Use drill machine to make the holes for the screws, and then fix the screws, like this:

Fix the lower block following the same pattern.

Drill the holes on the lower side of the board as well and fix the screw in it.

Repeat the same thing on the other two sides as well and make sure that the distance between the sides are equal and is drilled well.

Fix the screws on the corner of the board as well.

From the front, it will look like this.

Attach clock arrows and insert the battery in place.

In this design, clock movement mechanism is easy for a battery change or time adjustment.

Pro Tips

  • Attach screw thoroughly till the end.
  • Use the trim screw to get better results.
  • Do not use the damaged or untrimmed screws.
  • Before screwing those up do make sure that the sides of lumber are balanced.
  • Use small teeth blade on the wood cutter to achieve a much smoother edge of the blocks.
  • Before fixing up the screws make sure that every side of the wood is well placed along the other wood.
  • Use sharp pencil/Marker for marking
  • Make sure that the distance between both holes is same.

Step 5: Polish the Clock and Fix it on the Wall

In the last step, it’s time to put some finish on! You can use any paint or wood polish to give it a proper look. As I am using transparent wax oil to give it more real look and proper finishing.

Make sure that you will color all the sides of the clock and before fixing it on the wall let it get dry first.

Pro Tips

  • Change the table saw’s blade for more proper finishing.
  • Make sure that the distance between each block is equal.
  • For designing and giving it a finished look use a clean rug.
  • Wear gloves to ensure the safety of hands and mask to avoid any sort of allergy.
  • Do use hand clamp for good grip over the block.
  • Start polishing it by keeping in mind the pattern you want to give to your clock made up of wood blocks.
  • Make sure that it should look good and sequence should not get disturbed.
  • The longer you let the polish dry, the better color it gives.
  • After polishing all the sides leave the clock for 5 to 6 hours minimum to dry and then hang it on the wall.
  • Use a good quality polyurethane finish material for long lasting protection of your pallet wood block clock.
  • For protection against water and chemicals, use clear finishes
  • Use a good quality bleach or cleaner to remove stains from the wooden blocks
  • Do not place the wooden clock in direct contact with a fireplace.
  • For drying purposes, try to place the wooden clock away from the reach of children and pets.
  • Do not kill the look of the clock by painting artificial colors on it.


Here is the link to the source YouTube video that inspired and helped us to write this wonderful step by step tutorial for how to make a clock form pallet wood blocks.

This video was created and uploaded by Well Done Tips. One of their team members narrates the step by step process in the video.

  • May 11, 2017
  • DIY