The Birdhouse Clock

Introduction: The Birdhouse Clock

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I have many clocks in the house. People says that anyone that has many clocks usually has problem with time. I don’t know about that. But I think they are nice decorative items for any home.

First I drafted the dimension on a drafting software. This is to prepare for the cut. My main materials for this clock are:

- Pallet wood planks

- A Clock mechanism

- A printer

- Salvaged carton paper from any packages

- Some dried flowers

- Tools include: miter saw, hand drill, jig saw, scissors, glue gun, nail gun & miscellaneous items

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Step 1: Cutting the Wood

I used the miter saw and chopped the pallet planks into the dimensions: 2 pieces for the sides, 2 for the roof and 1 for the bottom.

Miter saw is a very useful tool for this job because we need the corner deg cut for the sides and the roofs. If you have a table saw or a circular saw that can make corner deg cut, that is nice too.

I cut the bottom piece longer than the side as you can see from the finished clock, I have a figurine and some dried flowers on each side.

Sand those pieces smoothly and get them together

Please see the photos for more details.

Step 2: Get the Pieces Together

The bottom piece has a rectangular hole as you can see in the photo because my clock mechanism has a pendulum, but I don't use that function which I will explain in the later step.

Nail gun is used to connect the pieces. You can also used screws or wood glue, but I prefer nails to make it fast and the tiny holes are easy to cover with wood paste.

Step 3: The Birdhouse Front Face

See from my photos, I had 3 pieces of cut plank connected using a Kreg jig. Draw a pilot line on it and cut into the dimension.

To make it easy, I would suggest that after you finish the outside of the birdhouse, put it on top of the front and trace the inner line, you will get quite precise line to jig saw.

Cut a hole for the clock mechanism and a hole for the bird as well

Then sand the face for the paint job later on

Step 4: The Clock Face

I drew the clock face using a computer software, printed it out, cut it and glued it to a piece of carton paper, then cut the carton paper

Step 5: The Bird Hole Window

Just the same steps of the clock face, I had the windows for the bird hole

Step 6: Install the Clock Mechanism

Drill the center hole for the clock, then install it and fit it to the square pre-cut hole on the birdhouse front face. I used double glued tape to stick the windows onto the front face. And fit the whole front face onto the birdhouse frame. They're tightly fit, so I used nothing else to keep them together.

Please see the photos for more details

Step 7: A View From the Back

Just a close view from the back and the hanger

Step 8: Flowers and Figurine

I found this nice little girl figurine at a corner in my office with a crack on one side. Some one threw her away and I thought I could bring her back to use, once again. Then I thought of some dried flowers, so I cut some from our dried flower pot and glue them to the other side of the little girl figurine.

Step 9: The Pendulum

After installing it for a while, I took it out because of the irritating tick-tock. I intended to leave it on the wall in our bedroom so i like it silent.

Step 10: Finish

And here it is on our bedroom's wall.

Thank you very much for viewing, I hope you like it.

Have a nice day! ^_^


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    5 years ago on Introduction

    That's a great looking clock you have there. I really like how it turned out!