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The pallets were laid out to make a square with the best sides facing down on a flat surface. To join the pallets I glued and nailed scrap wood onto the back. Turning it over I drew a circle using a nail and string. My clock circle measured 39" in diameter…it can be any size you want it to be. The circle was cut out using a jig saw. The small pieces on top and bottom had become unattached as the scrap wood was cut away so I added more pieces of scrap wood to attach these pieces . It didn't look pretty but it didn't matter as it was the back of the clock. Once that was completed I turned the circle over and sanded it with an orbital sander. Using leftover white paint (which I watered down) I whitewashed the clock using a rag. Once it was dry I stencilled on the numbers and paddles. The numbers and paddles were printed from my computer and I used stencil paper to outline the numbers on the wood. The numbers were painted with black latex artist paint. Once the paint was thoroughly dry I hand sanded the clock again giving it an aged look going down to wood in some areas. Cleaning it off using a tack cloth I then sprayed it was a satin finish clear coat. I sprayed 4 coats to give it durability. A hole was drilled in the centre of circle to install the clockworks which were purchased online from a store in Ontario. As the back of the wood was too thick for the clockworks I had to drill out enough wood using a forstner bit to inlay the clockworks. My clock cost under $45 which was what the clockworks cost (including $15 postage).
The Making of a Clock
Have you ever seen those large clocks that look old but have been recently made. We wanted one of those clocks and after shopping around and seeing how expensive they can be ($150 and up) I decided to make my own. I had enough left over pallets from my headboard project which could be nailed together to make a square. This is how I made my outdoor clock.
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I am a self-taught wildlife artist from Muskoka, Ontario Canada