Yin Yang/ Qigong Pyrograved Clock




About: Hi! I´m Cristina, and I love to make new stuff using old things! I think it´s just awesome! At the same time I´m trying to help a Foundation that help children in Bangladesh, buy offering my stuff in exchan...

I would like to share with you this wooden clock I made for a friend, using wood from an old pallet.

Hope you like it!

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Step 1: What You Will Need

  • wide pallet plank
  • nails
  • white wood glue
  • hammer
  • wood carving knife
  • clock mechanism
  • pyrograver
  • electric sander
  • electric jigsaw
  • compass
  • wax
  • cloth

Step 2: Cutting the Wood and Assembling the Clock

  • I had a very dirty and old wide plank from a pallet,so I started of by sanding it until it was clean If your plank isn´t very dirty you can leave the sanding for later)
  • Draw two semi circles with a compass and cut them with the electric jigsaw.
  • Then cut from the same board two pieces of wood with enough length to join the two semi circles together. Apply white wood glue and nails to do this.
  • Now you have a circle. Mark the center and drill a hole.

If the shaft of your clock mechanism is long enough, you would be done at this point. The shaft of mine was short, so I had to patiently carve space on the back of the clock to place in the mechanism.

Step 3: Pyrograving the Design

If you haven´t already sanding your wood, you must do so now before proceeding.

The surface of the clock face should be nice and smooth.

With a pencil, free hand draw the tree or if you can´t to this, use carbon paper to trace your design. I used a yin yang tree I found here, as it was free for non commercial use.

Then start pyrograving (this will take some patience and time), but will turn out really nice.

Step 4: Finishing

Apply bee wax with a cloth, evenly troughout the wood. Let dry and then polish with a clean cloth, until you get a smooth and beautifull finishing.

Assemble the clock mechanism and it´s done!

Hope you have fun making one! :)

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    10 Discussions


    10 months ago

    awesome job mate. It inspired me for my project; love it


    2 years ago

    Wow, this is really beautiful! I wish I had seen your projects before, you have a new follower now! :D

    1 reply

    Thanks ProY12! :D If you want to start wood burning and have any questions, feel free to send me a message. I´m not very experienced but would love to help with what I know. :)

    Decor Asylum

    2 years ago

    Your friend is one very lucky person. Really beautiful work!

    1 reply
    Cris DIYDecor Asylum

    Reply 2 years ago

    Many thanks :) And yes, my friend liked it a lot. She´s an Qigong instructor, and that´s why I pyrograved a Yin Yang tree :). I too was very happy with how it turned out!

    Cris DIYkevincarruthers

    Reply 2 years ago

    Thank you so much! So happy to know that! I´m looking forward to see your work :D