We were looking at big wooden clocks online and the oversized clocks got crazy in price. The clocks around 36" were over $100. We said we could make it, real easy and for less than $20 bucks!
Step 1: Assemble the boards
Assemble the boards with the 37" board as the center board. Align three 36" boards to the top and bottom of the 37" board. Then add a 30" board to the top and bottom of the 36" boards. Add a 24" board to the top and bottom of the 30" boards.
Step 2: Attach bracing boards
Cut bracing boards for back of clock. 2 - 1x2x36 and 2 - 1x2x12. Attach these to the back of the clock using 1 1/2 brad nails and wood glue. We attached the 36" tack strips 3" apart in the center of the back and the 12" tack strips closest the outer edge as they will fit.
Step 3: Draw the Circle
The clock face will be 36" in diameter. First, mark the center of the 37" board. To draw the circle, we used a 1x2 cut at 19". We attached the 1x2 1" from one end using a 1" wood screw to the center of the front face of the 37" board. Distance from screw to pencil should be 18". Using a pencil against the other end of the 1x4, rotate the 1x4 and pencil around the entire circumference to draw the circle. We used a flat pencil which made this easier. Another option would be to use a standard round pencil and drill a 1/2" hole at the other end to hold the pencil.
Step 4: Cut out Circle
Using the jigsaw cut out the circle drawn on the front in step 2.
Step 5: Sand the edges, top and stain
We used the Ryobi Belt Sander to rough sand the edges and top of the clock. We used Varathane stain in Briarwood to stain the clock face.
Step 6: Draw outline for painted number ring
Using a 1x2 cut at 19". Drill pencil holes at 12" and 17". Draw two circles, one at 24" in diameter ad the other at 17" in diameter.
Step 7: Create circle stencil
Using painters tape, tape over both the 12" and 17" circles. Using an Exacto knife inserted into the 1x2 from step 6. Cut the painters tape around the circumference of both the 12" and 17" circles.
Step 8: Paint the number ring
Using Ivory Chalk Paint, paint the ring for the numbers. Let dry for approximately two minutes and remove painters tape. Tip: You don't want to the paint to dry on the painters tape, it could peel the paint when removed.
Step 9: Distress Paint
Using 80 grit sandpaper, sand the ivory chalk paint ring.
Step 10: Insert Clock motor assembly
Follow directions on package for clock motor assembly. We had to purchase
Step 11: Add Clock Face Numbers
We used our Cricut to cut our Roman Numerals from Cricut Kraft Board. We glued them onto the face using wood glue.
And, that's it! All done! I really love the look of this clock in our family room, it's perfect!
Kim & Garrett
We love to make It Ourselves.