DIY: Domino Clock From Pallet Wood





Introduction: DIY: Domino Clock From Pallet Wood

This time I'll show you, how to make a clock from reclaimed pallet wood and use domino tiles instead of numbers.

How I did it - you can check by looking DIY video or you can follow up instructions bellow.

For this project you will need:


Pallet board

Epoxy glue



Domino tiles

Clock movement mechanism

Wood glue

Few wood screws


Miter saw or hand saw

Table saw or hand planer

Drill and bits



Step 1: Preparation

I took one reclaimed pallet wood board. Cut it in 3 equal pieces. I want to form a square by gluing them together.

Step 2: Wood Preparation

To get nice gluing surface, run each board through my homemade table saw. I made few pass and with each cut, I tried to shave a little as possible. Arranged table saw fence and take of one additional millimeter. Repeated that until got flat surface.

Step 3: Glue to One Piece

Applied wood glue, but only at half board edge, because I don’t want any glue squeeze out in front. Used additional wood and clamped until glue dried. I tried to get flat surface as possible. I think It came out pretty well.

Step 4: Slot for Clock Mechanisme

Marked center and drilled a hole for clock mechanism shaft.
Marked clock mechanism position and used router to make proper depth hole.

Step 5: Surface Finish

Because I want to keep that rustic look, I give a light sanding with 120 grit sandpaper.
Use 4 wood screws to rise boards from table. For finish, I used clear coat of varnish.

Step 6: Dominoes

To mark hours, I used Dominoes tiles.
Made a template which helped me to align each tile in proper place. Tiles was glued with two components epoxy glue.

Step 7: Last Touches

When glue was dry, removed paper template and attached clock hands.

In back side, found a center and drilled a hole for screw to hang clock on a wall.

Removed screws, installed battery and clock is ready to serve.

Step 8: Resume

It came out pretty nice. I really like this rustic look.
I used silent movement mechanism, so there’s no annoying ticking. If you’re planning to make a clock, I definitely recommend you to use this type of movement mechanism. I got it from ebay for few bucks. Just type in search line: silent clock movement mechanism.



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    19 Discussions

    I love dominoes and Think that this idea is absolutely amazing! Keep up the good work :)

    Well done, Well Done! :)

    great idea but the ugliest watch ive ever seen!!

    Let's use 1 black trim screw

    @ each domino. In a black spot.

    Very nice idea. We play with a few couples. I will make one of these as an annual prize.

    This is great idea! I am going to make this and add it to our game room.

    Thanks a bunch :)

    What a lovely, simple but effective project. I've been looking for my next dad-son project and this might just be it! Thanks for sharing.

    I like the dominos! I haven't seen that before. A couple of things I feel I need to mention. When cutting with your table saw, your fingers were awfully close to the blade. I recommend using a push stick. Also some extra eye protection when using the router would be good. Thanks for posting. Great project.

    Very interestingly idea to use domino!

    Excellent Idea! I have a box of dominos I picked up at a garage sale last summer for 25 cents and been trying to figure out what to do with them and your Instructable just gave me that idea :D Thanks!

    what size is the clock overall?

    Oh how nice. This would be great to deco your game room, man cave and or woman cave. :)

    What a great pallet project! I love the domino idea

    I love clocks, I also love dominos and adore upcycling stuff! Three outa three ain't bad! Love this idea

    What a brilliant idea!
    Well done.

    this is awesome, so simple but really effective