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How to make a large clock

I just love these large clocks. They make an instant feature on any wall and especially when combined with Shabby Chic or cottage decor. This oversized clock by meridian road has hand crafted letters and clock hands.

 

To make the clock use tongue and groove pine planks that you will find at your local Builders Warehouse. Put a small amount of glue in the groove-side of each plank before lighting tapping the planks together. Don't worry about uneven edges for now because once the glue has dried you will cut out a circle with a jigsaw.

A backing board can be mounted onto the back of the tongue and groove boards, or you can simply screw cross battens across the back of the boards like I did with my original clock.

After sanding the edges with 120- and then 240-grit sandpaper you can stain the finish with Woodoc Gel Stain in your choice of colour - or leave it natural.

Now you can use a whitewash, or watered down white, cream or ivory paint, to add light colour to the surface. Again, you can leave this out if you prefer. Finish off with a coat of Woodoc antique wax. To make the numbers for the clock I used a tin can. The tin they use for aluminium cans these days is so thin you can cut it with a pair of sharp scissors. I used a knife to make an opening and then cut off the top and bottom sections with my scissors. A sharp pen is great for drawing an outline for your numbers and you can easily cut out the shapes with scissors.

Use small screws to attach the numbers onto the front of the clock.

Drill a hole through the centre of the clock to mount the clock mechanism and hands. Attach a picture hanger to the back of the clock and hang on the wall.

Where to buy clock movements & hands

You will normally find these at specialist craft and hobby shops or...

AA Watch Wholesalers

Timeclocks

BJ Oberholzer

 

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