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.


plenty of pallet boards

glue (tite bond 2 )

1/2" hinges "4"

battery clock works

clock dial


2" clock hands

6x6 piece of glass



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


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


table saw

band saw


dovetail saw

hand plane

drill and bits


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.


    1 year ago

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

    Thor Hunter

    4 years ago

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


    4 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.


    4 years ago

    cool! making this one right away!! :)

    rickysp8Kai SaerPren

    Reply 4 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


    4 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!

    1 reply

    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.

    1 reply

    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


    4 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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    4 years ago

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