How to Make a Wooden Wall Clock | DIY Project

How to Make a Wooden Wall Clock
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Are you thinking to buy a wall clock? Good thought! It’s always good to have a wall clock in your room through which you keep yourself updated with the time. And are you going to buy it from the market? Do know what design you are going to get? Are you sure about the material used in that wall clock? To avoid these hassle why don’t you make one by your own self?

Well, I will suggest you make one by yourself instead of buying one from the market. It is very hard to find one of your choices because there are many types of wall clock’s available in the market with different designs, Along with this, you have to consider other things as well like you room size, the color of your room and design you want to choose for the wall clock.

Why don’t you try making one by yourself? Yes, you can make one by yourself as it’s very easy. All you have to do is to follow this step by step demonstration of designing and making a clock. Once you will be done following the steps you will end up making one wall clock.

For this, you need to have an intermediary level of knowledge about operating woodcutter, abrasive jigs, table saw, and hand saw.

Building a clock is not difficult now! As we are here with the detailed step by step tutorial.

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 strips of different sizes
  • Jigsaw tool
  • Drill with driver bits
  • Round fleet pads
  • Compass
  • Carpenter's square
  • Electronic Drill Machine
  • Wooden glue
  • Woodcutter
  • Drill press
  • Small screw Clamps
  • Inch Tape
  • Pencil for marking
  • Hammer
  • Spray
  • Paint/polish or spray (copper color or 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 wall clock 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. Follow this step by step procedure to make an elegant and strong wall clock for your usage.

Step 1: Measure, Mark and Cut the Pieces

Take the lumber board and mark it for cutting after measuring the spots.

Use a compass to mark the circular shape cut, like this:

Now start cutting the lumber board on the marked points and make sure that you cut it well.

After cutting the board you will get the circular shape board. Try to sander the board so that its sides will become smoother.

Use a belt sander to smoothen the sides of the board and to knock out the edges of the board, as it will be used as a backside of the clock.

Pro Tips

  • Use straight measure tape instead of worn tape
  • Use table saw and table router carefully to ensure safety.
  • Use a compass to mark the circular shaped measurement and make sure that you are holding the compass properly.
  • Use gloves to prevent atopic dermatitis.
  • Measure well before cutting the lumber strips.
  • Use a workbench to secure the lumber so that it doesn’t move while cutting.
  • Use a sharp 2H pencil or a marker for proper marking on the wood.
  • Try to cut every wooden part patiently for better finishing.
  • While spreading the glue on the lumber make sure you touch every corner of the lumber for proper fixing.
  • Use a hand sander to balance the top sides of the lumber and make sure that they are balanced when you are done.
  • Use the lumber as per the size of the table saw and do use a work bench so that the lumber doesn’t move and the grip on the lumber become stronger.

Step 2: Glue the Strips and Paste it on Board

Cover the whole board with the glue and use the wooden strips to paste them on it.

Now place the strips over the glued part parallel to each other. These are pallet strips of different sizes.

Make sure that the thickness of all the woods is same and then try to cut them into the one inch or two-inch strips.

Just laid down the strips in a random pattern, not a specific pattern so that it covers the base of the board.

Now put something heavy on it such as bricks so that strips and board will glue well with each other.

Once its dry sander the top side of it as if there is any glue spills out will be sander and it will give it a finished look.

Make sure you will sander it by using machine sander.

Now use inch tape and pencil to mark and measure the center point on the back of the circular board.

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Drill the hole and fix a clock hole and then fix the wooden pallet on the board, like this:

Pro Tips

  • Use miter saw and try to cut as close as you can for better results.
  • Grip the lumber strips firmly while cutting it via table saw.
  • Use straight measure tape instead of worn tape
  • Use a wood piece to support the cutting.
  • Trim the wood well and don’t leave any lag behind.
  • Use scale measure to get the right measurement.
  • Use small teeth blade on the drill machine to achieve a much smoother edge.
  • Try to cut every wooden part patiently for better finishing.
  • Drill the circular part first so that you can mark for other numbers easily.
  • Glue every corner of the box so that it will get attached to it in a proper manner.
  • Place the strips on the backside of the board.
  • Try to place the wooden strips parallel to each other and make sure that you place them right above the glue.
  • Do make sure that strips are fixed well with the glue and place any heavy thing like brick or heavy rods to ensure that it got stuck well.
  • Use sander properly and make sure that all the sides of each portion are balanced and equally trimmed.

Step 3: Use Machine to Mark Numbers

Drill the holes and the number of clock by using CNC machine

To have a more superior grip over the clock hold clock frame with the clamp screws by placing it on the table.

The holes you drill becomes the center point for you to start working from

What CNC machine will do is when you turned in some code that CNC machine will start cutting the wood and it cuts everything out.

But the important thing is to make sure that all the numbers should have to be equally distended and there is some gap in between each and every one.

So start drilling from the circle for proper distance between the numbers.

Pro Tips

  • Make a small sample prototype to match the direction of your project.
  • Use electric drill machine to cut the lumber strips for screw fixing.Use machine cutter to cut the extra parts of the base of the board.
  • Hold tightly the hand cutter before cutting any wood
  • Use pencil and inch tape for smoother and cleaner measurement
  • You can use a steel rod with metal scale as well for clear measurement.
  • Use CNC machine to mark the numbers of the clock.
  • Do set the CNC machine in such way that it will maintain the manageable distance between every next number.
  • If you find any flaw fix them on the spot.
  • Drill the main circle for the reference so that you can mark the number around it.
  • After fixing the base with the lumber strips, Let the glue dry
  • While marking the number on the lumber strips use small screw clamps to hold the lumber together.
  • Make sure you have placed the lumber equally before using screw clamps them tightly.

Step 4: Fix Accessories and Sander the Clock’s Front side

After finishing the numbering take the sander and rub the dust away from the clock board, like this:

And after sander all the corner it will look like this.

Now cut the clock accessories as per the size of your clock board so that it will get fixed in it.

You can buy these clock accessories from any store or you can order it online as well.

You can change its color by spraying your desired color on it, like this:

Here I am spraying black color as I think it will suit the base of the clock.

Now trace the clocks center point and machine machines so that you can cut the wood to fix it later on.

Then set your drill press to drill few inches inside the marked point.

Use 3-inch bits to enlarge the holes and drill it through, like this:

Pro Tips

  • Use safety gloves to ensure safety.
  • Use an arc square or compass for more accurate marking.
  • Smoothen the sides of the board of the clock properly and rub the corners with the help of sander.
  • Before cutting the accessories of the clock do try to fix them on the front side of the clock and if you find any flaw try to fix it.
  • Make sure that the numbers you are marking with CNC machine should be at the same distance and don’t look prominent or above the clock board.

Step 5: Spraying and Fixing the Parts

Now in the last step, hit a couple of layers of spray on the front and the back side of the clock.

Just push the clock mechanism into the hole, like this:

Make sure it is fixed well when turning the right side and then secure the pale with the washer and the nut.

Tight the washer so that it will not move or get loose with the passage of time.

Now start fixing the other parts of the clock from the front side and it will look like this.

Pro Tips

  • Do use safety gloves and mask to ensure the safety
  • Use hand cutter to cut the extra parts of the base.
  • Use an electric sander to clean all the parts of the clock and make sure that you are not left with any side.
  • Hold tightly the hand cutter before cutting any lumber strip
  • Before fixing the other part, let the glue dry on the first part.
  • Spray or Polish the base and the clock accessories to your desired color.
  • Use hand gloves while polishing the clock.
  • Use face mask if you are allergic to the smell of polish/spray.
  • Let the spray dry and don’t dry the clock under the sunlight.


Here I would like to tell you that this video was created and uploaded by I like to make my Stuff on YouTube and one of their team members narrates the step by step process in the video.

  • May 9, 2017
  • DIY