Mary Swan

DIY Wooden Wall Clock

Really it's not so difficult, as it seems ;)

You’ll need:

  1. A round wooden chopping board (mine was 30cm in diameter)
  2. Black leather strap or an old belt
  3. Leather punch
  4. Clock mechanism (make sure it will go through the wood thickness fully)
  5. 2 small shallow brass screws
  6. Power drill
  7. Drill bit slightly bigger than the clock mechanism screw and a smaller drill bit for your screws
  8. Pencil & ruler
  9. Screwdriver

How to make it:

Measure and mark the centre point point on your wooden chopping board with your pencil and ruler.

Consider a stable surface to drill on where you will able to go all the way through. I laid the chopping board on two of our flat chairs with a gap in between. Drill the centre point the whole way through, holding steady.

Cut a strip of the black leather to the length you want. Try holding it on the chopping board to see how long you need it. Trim the edges neatly and then make a hole in either end using the leather punch. Make sure the punch size fits the brass screws that will eventually go in.

Then mark on the chopping board edge, where you want each screw to be fixed. I did this halfway on either side. At this stage use your drill again, with a smaller drill bit just to ever so slightly drill these points. This will give a small dip for your screws, making it much easier for them to go in.

Place one leather end over the drilled dip, place your screw in and twist with a screw driver until the screw is flush to the leather (leather secure between the wood and the screw). Repeat on the other side.

Thread your clock mechanism through the central hole in the chopping board and follow the instructions you received to put it all together with the hands. There will usually be a washer you need to tighten to stop it all coming apart.

Get yourself a battery and hang your clock in pride of place!

Wonderful! It’s simple, chic and will be a welcome addition to any room.


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