Introduction: Arts and Crafts Pallet Clock

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"Time for a pallet contest clock " get it

When I first saw there was a pallet contest coming up I got busy gathering pallet wood my favorite thing to build with.


plenty of pallet boards

glue (tite bond 2 )

1/2" hinges "4"

battery clock works

clock dial


2" clock hands

6x6 piece of glass



Step 1:

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Finding just the right boards Since I'm building an arts and crafts style I wanted to find quarter sawn oak boards. I looked through a good many pallets but I found some nice looking wood.

Step 2: Milling the Stock

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I used a table saw to mill the boards to best I could just to find the best grain figure. I then worked with them to get as close to book match as I could. I found some pretty good ones


always use care when using power tools and sharp chisels, knives and planes

also use safety glasses

dust mask are a must who knows what they treat those pallets with


table saw

band saw


dovetail saw

hand plane

drill and bits


Step 3: Building the Case

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I joined the top of the case with hand cut finger joints leaving them 3/!6th " proud so to give it that LOOK

Step 4: The Case

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I used the closest bookmatched wood for the front of the clock . I had some nice grain on these pieces

Step 5: Joining the Boards

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With the table saw I cut a datto in all the boards where they joined together also where the glass fit the door. Than I made wedges to fit the slots this will give plenty of strength to the glue joints

Step 6: The Door

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Putting the door together I went ahead and stained the wood because

I didn't want to do it with the glass in it. This worked fine but I don't think I would do it again

Step 7: Cutting in the Hindges

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I marked out the hindges and cut them out with a chissel

Step 8: More Work on the Doors

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Step 9: The Case Is Done

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After staining the case I finished with amber spar varnish 3 coats Lite sanding between

Step 10: The Works

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I used a piece of 1/4" plywood to mount the paper dial on and mounted that to a 1/2" x 1/2" frame Drilled a 1/4"hole for the clock put everything together and through the back door I screwed it to the front of the case

a brass knob on the door looks nice front and back

I didn't use a lock or latch because the doors fit so nice and tight. The wood was good and dry but if it changes I'll go back and add them

Step 11: Ok It's Done

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Fun to build and looks nice on the mantle I like the pendulum swinging in the bottom

The quarter sawn oak looks nice and I really like how the nail holes have blackened

how cool to build with pallets

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can you please post the length of the sides. It would help a ton because I’m about to make this fantastic clock.

jmblades (author)2017-10-31

I would love to build this. Would it be possible to include some dimensions to give us beginners a starting point?

Thor Hunter (author)2014-11-19

Very nice job. I'm glad I have a stack of pallets outside

MelissaB1 (author)2014-09-06

Very impressed with your pallet clock! It's beautiful. I am just learning how to use my tools - thinking this project is too difficult for me at this point - but certainly inspired to keep making things and improve my skills.

jellybuster (author)2014-07-23

cool! making this one right away!! :)

Kai SaerPren (author)2014-06-06

I like what you did and what you did it with. the plans are where?


rickysp8 (author)Kai SaerPren2014-06-17

thank you, No plans I copied some photo's of a clock I saw on Etsy and just used standard woodworking practices to build the case

shazni (author)2014-06-08

Beautifully done!

rickysp8 (author)shazni2014-06-17

thank you

craftclarity (author)2014-05-23

Oh MAAAAAAN this is beautiful. I'm a huge fan of the Arts & Crafts aesthetic—took a class on the history of that period at school and learned to deeply appreciate the values that drive that style of work.

Thanks for sharing this. It's gorgeous!

rickysp8 (author)craftclarity2014-05-26

Thanks very nice comment

The Green Gentleman (author)2014-05-23

That case is beautiful! I'm not sure the clock you put in it really does it justice. Still, I really, really like that case. Super nice.

Thank you that is a cheap clock for sure but it keeps good time I might change it later who knows this might be a family heirloom someday

jonathanmerrington (author)2014-05-24

That's amazing.

Thanks Jonathan

newts420 (author)2014-05-24

This is great, I'm just starting out with pallet craft, putting this on my list to do.Fantastic..

rickysp8 (author)newts4202014-05-26

Thanks good luck with yours I will follow yours

billandritsch (author)2014-05-25

The humble pallet becomes a thing of beauty, great job!

rickysp8 (author)billandritsch2014-05-26

Thank you

annrrr (author)2014-05-26

Really beautiful work! I love oak pallets, too! This is some exemplary woodwork!

rickysp8 (author)2014-05-23

thanks Howard

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