How to Make a Layered Plywood Clock

Introduction: How to Make a Layered Plywood Clock

About: Well, around 2015 I decided to stop drinking and needed some hobbies to fill my time. The result is what you see here, some DIY furniture and remodeling projects and honing my simple cooking skills.

This was another idea that just popped in my head that I wanted to try. I am starting to use more plywood for projects in ways that highlight the layers of the plywood as opposed to paint over or cover it up. This is a simple clock using a handful of tools that I had never used in this manner before. Hope you like it.

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Supplies

Supplies and Tools

Plywood project panels (sized to make whatever size circular clock you want)

Router (and circle jig) or Jigsaw (by hand or with circular jig)

Orbital or Palm Sander (or do it by hand)

Sandpaper

Angle Grinder (cheap one at Harbor Freight)

Flap Sanding Discs

Clock Kit

Hole Saw Bit

Chisels

Drill Bit (sized for clock kit)

Router Bits

Step 1: Cut Plywood Circles

I used my router and circle jig to cut my sized clock. You can do this with a jigsaw by hand (if necessary), using any round item to mark your circle (an easy item is the bottom/top of a bucket).

I then used a hole bit to cut a hole in one of the plywood circles (which will primarily be where the clock unit will sit.

Then, glue the plywood circles together and drill the appropriately sized hole in the middle for the clock kit you purchased.

Step 2: Chisel Out Any Necessary Space

Due to the limited depth of my clock kit, I had to chisel out some of the back of the second plywood circle. Digging some of the out allowed my to properly attached the clock unit.

Step 3: Route and Sand

I used a half round to round over both the face and the back of the unit.

Using the angle grinder and flap disc attachment, have at the face of the plywood clock. Be sure not to sand down where the clock kit itself will be, but be creative so that you see some of the layers of plywood breaking through.

You can mark at least the 3, 6, 9, and 12 on the clock however you like, personally, I marked it off with a divot using the angle grinder.

Then I used my orbital sander to try to even out the face of the unit and try to cut down any sharp points.

Step 4: Stain and Clear

Pick a stain for the clock that will help bring out the different grains and layers. Then use a clear coat polyurethane to protect the unit.

Step 5: Add Hanging Hardware and Clock Kit

It's as easy as it sounds. Find an appropriate picture hanging bracket and install the clock kit through the hole. Then just mount on the wall and enjoy.

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    13 Comments

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    caitlynwilson26
    caitlynwilson26

    11 months ago

    I am new to instructables, and I have not won anything yet...but I have entered the cookies challenge and I am hoping to win that! If you want to check mine out, thy are called "chocolate chip puff cookies!" Again great job on this, I am going to try it out!!!

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    caitlynwilson26
    caitlynwilson26

    Reply 10 months ago

    Yeah, this is really cool! Thanks for voting for me, I did not win but I will keep trying! I am votong for you though and told all my friends to vote for you too. Nice job!

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    LincolnsCreations
    LincolnsCreations

    Reply 10 months ago

    Yeah, that looked like a tough one. I have 3 projects in the plywood and one in the holiday decor (giant lollipops). A lot of people have some high quality videos, pictures, and instructions. I might have to try to increase my production value if I want to do better.

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    caitlynwilson26
    caitlynwilson26

    Reply 10 months ago

    Yes, this is a really cool design, and I love the giant lollipops! I think by the amount of people who have favorited yours, you have a really good chance of winning this.

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    LincolnsCreations
    LincolnsCreations

    Reply 10 months ago

    I think I need to work on my instructions. To be featured, I really need more clarity in the photos, videos, and instructions. Items that get "Featured" end up with thousands of views instead of hundreds.

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    LincolnsCreations
    LincolnsCreations

    Reply 11 months ago

    I honestly run my own YouTube page (actually three different ones) and don't have a lot of followers. I happened to just come across this plywood challenge shortly after doing a few of these projects this year. I guess I hope I get lucky and a few only a few more people apply for the contest and hopefully I get something. I have looked at some of the other winners in prior contests and noticed that although the winners are cool, many of them aren't things people can do with general simple tools. I was seeing things that required 3D printers and 3D development software. I also noticed that one of the guys that put an instructable recently on the plywood challenge, is a popular YouTube personality with hundreds of thousands of followers. I can't compete with stuff like that. I hope you do well, I gave you a vote.

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    rayp1511
    rayp1511

    10 months ago

    Well done, it certainly has a unique look, good luck in the contest.

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    LincolnsCreations
    LincolnsCreations

    Reply 10 months ago

    Thanks, the only thing I would have done different is chose a stain that might better match my other furniture. Other than that, I think there is room to make it more unique by choosing different clock hands. I may make a few more and try to sell them, I think they are pretty easy to do.

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    StrangeSpecies
    StrangeSpecies

    11 months ago

    This is very cool! I saw this type of plywood technique somewhere else recently just as wall art, but I hadn't even thought that it'd make a cool clock. And definitely doable for somebody like me with few tools and fewer skills. :D Nice work!

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    LincolnsCreations
    LincolnsCreations

    Reply 11 months ago

    Yeah, you can do it with a handful of smaller tools and some of them really cheap somewhere like harbor freight.

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    caitlynwilson26
    caitlynwilson26

    11 months ago

    This looks really cool, I will vote for you! I would defiantly love to have this hanging in my room! Nice job!!!

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    LincolnsCreations
    LincolnsCreations

    Reply 11 months ago

    I actually have three projects in the plywood challenge. Check the rest out, you can vote for more than one.