How to Build a Wooden Clock

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Have you been looking for a new project to do? Try making wooden shadowbox clocks. You can customize the clock to your individual tastes and end up with a one-of-a-kind clock. Shadowboxes come in several different sizes, and any size will do for making a clock. Shadowboxes and clock mechanisms can be found online or at your local craft stores.

Step 1

Measure and cut the plywood to 1/8 inch smaller than the inside of the shadowbox.

Step 2

Drill a hole in the center of the plywood for the clock hands.

Step 3

Stain the plywood if desired. Allow to dry.

Step 4

Glue the numbers to the plywood where you want the clock face in the correct position.

Step 5

Attach the clock mechanism to the back of the plywood, directly over the hole in the middle. There will be a small metal rod that will insert into the hole. Attach the clock hands to the clock face onto the metal rod.

Step 6

Apply a thin strip of wood glue completely around the edge of the plywood on the clock face, and press into the shadowbox. Allow to dry and hang in your favorite place.

Tips and Warnings

  • Use all safety measures with the drill and saw.

Things You'll Need

  • Wooden shadowbox
  • 1/4-inch plywood (larger than the shadowbox)
  • Battery-operated clock mechanism
  • Clock numbers
  • Drill with small bit
  • Wood glue
  • Wood stain
  • Soft cloth
  • Circular saw
  • Measuring tape

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About this Author

Cathy McClellan has five years' experience in newsprint as an assistant editor and is a freelance writer. She has 20 years' experience working in the medical field and is currently licensed as a Texas Insurance Representative. She also has many years in home improvement and gardening.

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