Arts and Crafts Pallet Clock

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Introduction: Arts and Crafts Pallet Clock

"Time for a pallet contest clock " get it

When I first saw there was a pallet contest coming up I got busy gathering pallet wood my favorite thing to build with.

THE STUFF

plenty of pallet boards

glue (tite bond 2 )

1/2" hinges "4"

battery clock works

clock dial

pendulum

2" clock hands

6x6 piece of glass

stain

varnish

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Step 1:

Finding just the right boards Since I'm building an arts and crafts style I wanted to find quarter sawn oak boards. I looked through a good many pallets but I found some nice looking wood.

Step 2: Milling the Stock

I used a table saw to mill the boards to best I could just to find the best grain figure. I then worked with them to get as close to book match as I could. I found some pretty good ones

BE CAREFULL

always use care when using power tools and sharp chisels, knives and planes

also use safety glasses

dust mask are a must who knows what they treat those pallets with

Tools

table saw

band saw

chisels

dovetail saw

hand plane

drill and bits

sander

Step 3: Building the Case

I joined the top of the case with hand cut finger joints leaving them 3/!6th " proud so to give it that LOOK

Step 4: The Case

I used the closest bookmatched wood for the front of the clock . I had some nice grain on these pieces

Step 5: Joining the Boards

With the table saw I cut a datto in all the boards where they joined together also where the glass fit the door. Than I made wedges to fit the slots this will give plenty of strength to the glue joints

Step 6: The Door

Putting the door together I went ahead and stained the wood because

I didn't want to do it with the glass in it. This worked fine but I don't think I would do it again

Step 7: Cutting in the Hindges

I marked out the hindges and cut them out with a chissel

Step 8: More Work on the Doors

Step 9: The Case Is Done

After staining the case I finished with amber spar varnish 3 coats Lite sanding between

Step 10: The Works

I used a piece of 1/4" plywood to mount the paper dial on and mounted that to a 1/2" x 1/2" frame Drilled a 1/4"hole for the clock put everything together and through the back door I screwed it to the front of the case

a brass knob on the door looks nice front and back

I didn't use a lock or latch because the doors fit so nice and tight. The wood was good and dry but if it changes I'll go back and add them

Step 11: Ok It's Done

Fun to build and looks nice on the mantle I like the pendulum swinging in the bottom

The quarter sawn oak looks nice and I really like how the nail holes have blackened

how cool to build with pallets

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    21 Discussions

    can you please post the length of the sides. It would help a ton because I’m about to make this fantastic clock.

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    jmblades
    jmblades

    2 years ago

    I would love to build this. Would it be possible to include some dimensions to give us beginners a starting point?

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    Thor Hunter
    Thor Hunter

    5 years ago

    Very nice job. I'm glad I have a stack of pallets outside

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    MelissaB1
    MelissaB1

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Very impressed with your pallet clock! It's beautiful. I am just learning how to use my tools - thinking this project is too difficult for me at this point - but certainly inspired to keep making things and improve my skills.

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    jellybuster
    jellybuster

    5 years ago

    cool! making this one right away!! :)

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    Kai SaerPren
    Kai SaerPren

    5 years ago on Step 11

    I like what you did and what you did it with. the plans are where?

    K

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    rickysp8
    rickysp8

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    thank you, No plans I copied some photo's of a clock I saw on Etsy and just used standard woodworking practices to build the case

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    craftclarity
    craftclarity

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Oh MAAAAAAN this is beautiful. I'm a huge fan of the Arts & Crafts aesthetic—took a class on the history of that period at school and learned to deeply appreciate the values that drive that style of work.

    Thanks for sharing this. It's gorgeous!

    That case is beautiful! I'm not sure the clock you put in it really does it justice. Still, I really, really like that case. Super nice.

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    rickysp8
    rickysp8

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you that is a cheap clock for sure but it keeps good time I might change it later who knows this might be a family heirloom someday

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    newts420
    newts420

    6 years ago

    This is great, I'm just starting out with pallet craft, putting this on my list to do.Fantastic..

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    rickysp8
    rickysp8

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks good luck with yours I will follow yours

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    annrrr
    annrrr

    6 years ago

    Really beautiful work! I love oak pallets, too! This is some exemplary woodwork!