DIYdiy projects

diy wednesdays: wood clock project

by the curiosity shoppe

a few months ago, the nice people from the nest magazine paid a visit to our home and shoppe here in san francisco. they were interested in all the crafty diy elements of our home, so in honor of the occasion we made this special little clock. it’s a really fun project, using techniques we’ve shown here before (remember the wood burned tray?) so we thought we’d share it with you. you can turn just about anything into a clock, the mechanisms are super cheap and available at your local craft store. click here for the full instructions (and more pictures) or just click “read more” below.

have fun!
derek & lauren


here’s what you’ll need:
-small wood disk
-scissors or x-acto blade
-clock mechanism and AA battery
-larger sized clock hands (optional, depending on the size of your wood disk)
-wood burning tool
-red enamel paint
-small foam brushes
-power drill and drill bits
-220 grit sandpaper

1. lightly sand the surface of the wood disk and the metal clock hands with your sandpaper.


2. apply two coats of enamel to the hands with a foam brush, allowing them to dry completely between coats.

3. choose a favorite font and print out numbers from your computer that measure approximately 1″. we decided to keep it simple and just use the number 12 on our clock.

4. cut out the numbers and use as templates to trace onto your wood plaque with a pencil.

5. using the finest tip on your wood burning tool, burn the outline of the number onto your plaque, taking care not to burn your fingers!


6. drill a hole in the center of the plaque using the appropriate sized drill bit.

7. in a well-ventilated area, apply two coats of polyurethane to the wood, allowing it to dry completely between coats.

8. turn the disk over and insert the clock mechanism into your pre-drilled hole.


9. following the instructions in the kit, attach the hour, minute and second hands to the clock mechanism.


10. set the time and hang it on the wall.

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