Hardwood Clock Brass Inserts.




Introduction: Hardwood Clock Brass Inserts.

About: Enthusiastic DIY kinda guy. More commonly known as a cheap skate in Scotland who doesn't like waste or spending money.

Holding on to this lovely piece of timber for some time and not knowing what to do with it I found some inspiration from a YouTuber who I will place a link for at the end. I seen him make a beautiful and simple mantle piece clock from reclaimed wood.

I liked the idea so much I ordered a clock piece and set about making one for myself.

Tools I used, Table saw, Drill press, Chisels, Square, Plane and Sander.

Step 1: Square, Bevel, Measure and Mark Out.

I decided which end I liked best and made my first cut to square one end and the my second to give me a square piece equal to the timbers original width measuring 165mm.

I then set my table saw to 4.5 angle to give me a bevel on the side that rests on the mantel.

Taking a square from corner to corner I made my centre mark and measured the width of the piece of the clock which will protrude through the wood.

Step 2: Drill, Measure and Markout .

Over to the drill press to drill out the centre. I then placed the clock into the back side of the timber so I could mark out the size and shape of the clocks back ready for drilling and cutting out, ready for the piece to fit.

Step 3: Drill, Chisel and Round Edges.

Back to the press after marking the area which needs to be removed. Most of the material was hogged out to the depth I required using the drill press and a fostner bit, the remainder was chiselled and finally the edges where rounded over and a light sanding given.

Step 4: Chamfer and Sanding

Time to add a small bevel to all of the sides to soften the block of wood look, I done this using a small block plane. Next I got my random orbital sander out. Sanded all sides, face, back using 100, 180 and finally 240 grit sand paper.

Step 5: Brass and Drilling.

Time for the brass rods. For this step I have two 1 meter lengths of 3mm and 6mm brass rod I bought which needed cut to size using a hacksaw and chamfered for easier insertion and polished for a nice finish on the clock face.

I then marked out my hour positions on my wood using a compass and squared paper to find the correct placements. After transferring this onto the wood I then drilled four 6mm holes at 12, 3, 6, and 9 followed by eight 3mm holes in the remaining hours.

Tap each brass piece into their new homes, then all that was left was to wipe it down apply two coats of Danish oil and assemble the clock.

Step 6: Tik Tok

Now my clock has a place of its own to stand and keep track of time for us.

Some bits could have went easier and others could have been done better for myself but this is definitely worth the time took to make, no pun intended.

I would like to thank Youtuber Downunder Woodworks for this inspiration. Below is a link to his channel.


Thank you for taking the time to read and hopefully enjoy my Instructable.

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    2 Discussions

    Kink Jarfold
    Kink Jarfold

    2 years ago on Step 6

    As a DIYer I know exactly what you meant when you said you held onto that beautiful block of wood for just the right project, and, man, did you ever hit the nail on the head. Beautifuuly finishd clock.

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    Reply 2 years ago

    Thank you so much for your feed back. Looking forward to browsing yours now.