Wall Clock

I had a plan to make a small cabinet loosely based on the design of the wall clock on Paul Seller’s site. So, rather than start hacking away at some expensive wood making a cabinet, I figured I’d try and make the clock itself as practice.

I got a pine 1x8x6 from the local BORG for about $5. I picked through the lot and found one that was half decent and cut around the knots.

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It planed up really well actually.

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First step was to cut four housing dado joints.

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Next was to cut grooves on the sides to accept a panel. This was done on the router with 3/8 bit. Two rails were cut to fit in between the sides. They also received grooves.

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One each end of the rails I cut a tenon that would fit in the grooves on the sides.

A panel was cut that would fit into the grooves in the sides and rails. I used a plane
to make it into a raised panel by planing off a large chamfer at each edge of the panel.

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I went to another store looking for a clock mechanism and found that it was cheaper
to just get a $3 clock and take the mechanism out of it.

I drilled the front panel for the clock shaft. I also had to mortise out a square out of
the back of the panel in order for the clock mechanism to fit. I also chamfered the top and bottom parts instead of rounding the edges. I also did not ad
any other mouldings. Keep it simple. Or lazy. Take your pick.

Here’s the clock dry fitted.

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Gluing up.

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I did kind of like the look of the pine, but I decided to paint the clock to match the rest of my black painted furniture. I gave it two coats of black latex paint and a coat of shellac and wax.

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I also painted the hands of the clock white so that they’d show up against the black.

I also didn’t put any numbers or markers on the clock. It is easy enough to differentiate between 2:15 and 3:15. If you need more precise time marking, then maybe a wall clock is not for you.

All in all, not a bad little project. I got the practice I wanted and spent about $8.

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