I don't like to throw away any scrap supawood or MDF that I have lying around, and since I use so much for projects on Home-Dzine.co.za. there is always guaranteed to be plenty of scraps.
Small projects are great for using up scraps and this decorative clock is a fairly simple project with stunning results. I used 6mm supawood/MDF, but you can use any thickness you have. Just bear in mind that the thicker it is - the harder to cut.
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Step 1: Copy and Trace
Find a nice design that you like, or freehand your design, and transfer this onto your supawood/MDF.
Step 2: Cut the Shape
Clamp the board securely to a workbench so that it doesn't move around when you cut from the outside in. A thin jigsaw blade - or fretsaw blade - is the best blade to use as it is easier to move around as you cut. Use a drill bit to make a hole on inner areas to allow access for the jigsaw blade.
Step 3: Sand and Smooth
Use sanding paper to smooth away any cutting defect as these will show up once you paint.
Step 4: Spray Paint
I used Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint in satin blossom white to spray the front and back sections. Also note that the front and back sections are two different designs, rather than a single design. You will need to spray the cut edges a few times, as supawood/MDF is extremely absorbent.
Step 5: Drill for Clock Hands
In the side that you want for the front, drill a hole for the clock hands. I'm not going to tell you what size to drill, as clock movements and hands come in all different sizes.
Step 6: Add Clock Movement and Hands
Attach the clock movement and hands to the drilled front panel. I used a strip of double-sided tape to attach the back, so that it can be pulled apart and re-stuck when you need to change the battery.
And there you have it - the perfect gift for family and friends - or for you own home. Make a few and then paint in different colours.
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