Who doesn't love a pallet wood project. I have seen lots of different pallet wood clocks before so I wanted to try and give it a go and make my own. But also try some things that I haven't done before, which is why I used two layers of paint to give it a rustic style.
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Step 1: Lets Begin...
First cut down some pallet wood x 5 boards 430mm length x 75mm wide. Clean and plane to get a nice smooth edge. Glue all boards together and join using sash clamps. Make sure to use plenty of pressure and weight on top of the boards to prevent any bowing in the board. I actually had to do this twice because the first one warped.
The next job once this has all dried is to cut out the recess for the clock mechanism. This could have been done with a router, but I wanted to practice my skills with a chisel and hammer which took a bit longer as you can understand. But totally worth it.
Step 2: Paint.
Once it was all sanded down and smooth. Next is the fun part, I started off with some purple matt emulsion, once dusted is what its called.
After it had dried I rubbed it down using some P500 to take the grain down before putting on the white emulsion.
Next I rubbed it down with some rough sand paper to take most of the paint off and leave it will a really nice rustic look. I applied a coat of clear matt varnish to finish.
Step 3: All Done.
I used an old clock face to mark out all of the hour positions, I then cut out a template from some card 30mm x 10mm and carefully used some black spray paint to mark out the clock face. I cleaned them up using some P500 sand paper to get all the edges straight due to the paint bleeding slightly. Then applied one last coat of clear matt varnish and fitted the clock mechanism.
Really happy with how this turned out, and I got to try some new techniques which is always fun. And best off all the total cost was £5 for the clock mechanism as I already had the paint.
Appreciate any feedback and comments.