How to Make Wood Clocks


A homemade wood clock can spruce up your living area, while giving you something to show off to visitors. In just one afternoon, you can complete and hang your own wood clock.

Things You'll Need

  • 2- by 4-foot section of 3/4-inch thick plywood Clock mechanism Clock numbers or paint by hand Skill saw Sandpaper Measuring tape Drill Minwax polyurethane Wood stain (optional colors) Picture hooks Batteries


  • Draw a circle on the plywood approximately 12 inches around. You can make it bigger, if you prefer.
    Using the skill saw, cut the circle out.
    With the drill, drill a hole in the center of the circle for the hands to be placed.

  • Sand the edges and top of the circle with the sandpaper.

  • Apply the stain to the top and edges of the circle. For a more complete look, stain the back also.
    Allow to dry.
    A second coat will probably be needed. Apply at this time and allow to dry.
    Apply the polyurethane sealant. Two coats need to be applied and allowed to dry between coats.

  • Turn the circle over and attach a 25-pound limit picture hook to the back at the top.
    Attach the clock mechanism over the hole in the center.

  • Turn the clock back over. Attach the hands to the clock mechanism in the hole and attach the numbers. If you choose not to attach all the numbers, you can just put a 12 at the top and a 6 at the bottom.
    Add batteries, set the time and hang on the wall.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a different shape, such as a square, a toy shape, or a geometric shape. Glue a picture that your child has drawn on the face of the clock before applying the sealer. You will have a keepsake for years to come.
  • Wear eye protection while using a skill saw and drill. Keep the room well ventilated while using the sealer.

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