How to Build Your Own Clock


Have you ever wished you could create a clock design that is uniquely yours? Imagine designing your own clock with the logo of your favorite sports team or favorite hobby. Many clock kits are available online, giving you the freedom to tailor your clock to the style you want. You can build your own clock and enjoy the thrill of knowing that you built it every time you look at it.

Things You'll Need

  • Redwood panel, 1/2 by 16 by 24 inches
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Architectural compass
  • Drill with 1-inch-wide bit
  • Keyhole saw
  • Light grit sandpaper
  • Clear satin finish
  • Paintbrush
  • Clock kit

How to Build Your Own Clock

  • Go online to any of the clock manufacturers such as, or and purchase the clock parts and clock face you would like to use on your clock. Make sure the clock face is no larger than 6 inches in diameter. Get exact measurements for the clock insert so you can transfer those dimensions to the wood frame for your clock.

  • Measure 6 inches down from the top of your redwood panel and mark the spot. From each side of your redwood panel, measure 6 inches toward the center and mark it. Draw straight lines from your marks until the lines intersect. This point will be the center point for your clock face.

  • Draw a 6-inch-diameter circle on the face of the redwood panel using an architectural compass. Drill out the center point of the wood you marked to make a 1-inch hole in the redwood panel. Using a keyhole saw, saw four straight lines from the cutout hole to the edge of the circle you drew. These will be relief cuts. Now use the saw and cut around the circle until you have a 6-inch-diameter hole in your redwood panel. Use sandpaper to smooth out the hole in the redwood panel. Be careful to sand with the grain so you don't leave marks in the wood.

  • Cover the front and back of the redwood panel with a clear satin finish. Use a paintbrush to apply the finish. Allow it to dry.

  • Remove the face cover of your clock from the back assembly and feed the back assembly into the hole in the redwood panel. Place the face cover over the front of the hole and fit over back assembly. The pieces will snap into place.

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