In this instructable, I'll show you how I made a wooden gear wall clock for my workshop. I have wanted a clock in the shop for a while now, but I knew it needed to be hardware themed. This is what I came up with I hope you enjoy!
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Step 1: Get Your Supplies and Tools Ready
- Wood - I used a 2 x 12 board cut to 12″. The thickness of the wood is up to you. It needed to be at least 1/4″ thick for the clock mechanism.
- Clock Kit - here is the one I used
- Forstner Bit and Drill Bit (Used for drilling out the wood to hold the clock mechanism)
- Paint or Stain
- Paint or Stain Applicator
- Rag or tack cloth to remove dust
- Tape or spray adhesive to secure template
- Eye and Hearing Protection
Step 2: Attach Template and Cut Out the Gear
For this step, you will need the gear template. It can be found on my website HERE . Attach the template with painters tape and cut out the gear on a scroll saw. If you don't have a scroll saw, a jigsaw can be used in its place.
Step 3: Drill Hole for Clock Mechanism
Find the center of the gear and mark. Trace an outline of the clock mechanism on the back of the gear. Use a Forstner bit to drill out as much wood as you can within your box. A chisel can be used to remove the remaining wood.
Flip the gear over to expose the front and use a drill bit to drill out a space for the screw that will hold the clock hands.
Step 4: Sand and Stain the Gear
Sand the front, back, and sides of the gear. Wipe the gear clean with a rag or tack cloth. Pick the stain of your choice and apply with a rag or brush. A rag works well for the front and back of the gear, but a brush is better suited for the sides.
Step 5: Install the Clock Mechanism
Install the clock kit according to the directions on the package. The hands of the clock should either screw or snap onto the screw from the battery pack. Be gentle with this step, some of the parts in the kits are very fragile.
Step 6: Add Hanging Hardware and Hang
That's all there is to it! I really love this project, and it makes me smile every time I am in my workshop. This project can be customized to different sizes and numbers can be added if that is something you would like to do.
For a more detailed walkthrough of this project and many others, visit me over at The Crafted Maker. Thanks so much!