Happy New Year everyone! I know it has been a REALLY long time since my last project post, but that is because I could not post any of the projects I have been working on because they were all Xmas gifts and I didn’t want to reveal to friends and family what they would be getting for Christmas before the big day. I mean, it takes away some of the fun of opening gifts if you already know what you’re getting! 😉 But now the holidays are over and I am free to reveal my most recent builds! So, here goes! I absolutely LOVE large wood farmhouse clocks, so that is what several of my family members received as gifts ( I mean, if I love them, everyone else must too, right?! – Luckily for me, my family members and friends DO love them too!) I spent quite some time building seven of these DIY large farmhouse clocks and each one was personalized with the recipient’s last name to add that extra special touch.
DIY Large Farmhouse Clock Wood List
|3||1 x 4||8′|
DIY Large Farmhouse Clock Cut List
|8||1 x 4||28″|
DIY Large Farmhouse Clock Materials and Supplies
DIY Farmhouse Clock Instructions
- Cut 8 1×4 boards to 28″ in length each.
2. Drill two 3/4″ pocket holes into seven of the eight boards (make sure each pocket hole is in the inner portion of the clock template so the screws are not in the way of the router bit when you cut the circle in a later step – you can place the stencil on the cut boards and trace the outer circle of the clock to ensure all screws are within the circle area).
3. Use wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws to attach the boards to one another (as you can see from the positioning of the pocket holes in the picture below, I did not make sure all screws were within the inner circle of the clock area, which is how I know that the screws will be an issue if they are in the path of the router blade ;-). You can learn what not to do from my mistake!)
4. Place the template on the attached boards so the edges of the template are even with the edges of the board. (This will enable you to mark the center of the boards).
5. Use a pencil to mark the center point of the stencil on the boards.
6. Next, drill a 1/4″ diameter hole into the center of the boards (where the pencil mark is).
7. Attach the plunge attachment to the router (if not already attached). Set the depth of the bit to ensure it will cut all the way through the 3/4″ board. Then attach the circle jig to the plunge router base using the provided screws.
8. The circle jig I used was the Jasper 300, which I received as a gift from hubby about a year ago (this was my first time getting to use it!). Place the jig on the board, and using the provided pin, attach the pin through the jig into the board, making sure the pin is through the 26 1/2″ hole (I wanted the diameter of my circle to be 1/4″ wider than the template all the way around (which means in overall diameter, the board is a total of 1/2″ wider than the diameter of the stencil).
9. Turn the router on and cut the circle.
10. Sand the circle board until smooth (I used 80 grit sandpaper, followed by 120 grit and ended with 220 grit).
11. Apply the Varathane Weathered Wood Accelerator to the circle board on the top and sides.
12. Once the weathered wood accelerator has dried, use a plastic bucket turned upside down to cover the center of the board (a Home Depot bucket is the perfect size). Make sure the bucket is in the center of the board and place some heavy blocks on top of the bucket to ensure it sits close to the wood to prevent white paint from leaking under the bucket.
13. Spray several light coats of flat white paint onto the circle board around the bucket, letting each coat dry a little before spraying the next coat. Once there is adequate coverage of white paint, carefully remove the bucket.
14. Once the white paint has completely dried, lay the stencil on the board. Decide if you want the boards to be vertical or horizontal on your clock (I made one of my clocks with the boards vertical and the remainder of the clocks had the boards horizontal. Both looked nice, but I prefer the horizontal layout.) Make sure the stencil is lined up so the boards are exactly horizontal (lined up with the middle of the 3 and 9 on the stencil) or vertical (lined up with the middle of the 12 and 6 on the stencil).
15. Using the black paint and a stencil brush, apply the black paint to the stencil.
16. Carefully remove the stencil and let the black paint dry completely.
17. In Microsoft Word, type in the first letter of the last name using Times New Roman font at size 470, and type the whole last name using Edwardian Script ITC font at size 160 (this may have to be smaller if the last name is really long). Also find a “decorative swirl type picture and add that to the document (I used a web search in Word to find one I liked). Print the document.
18. Cut out the letter, the last name and the swirl pattern in individual components.
19. Place the letter for the last name in the top of the middle circle, making sure it is even with the 12 o’clock portion on the clock.
20. Using a pen, trace over the letter pressing hard enough to leave the indentation of the letter in the wood. Remove the paper.
21. Place the wording with the last name over the large letter that was traced. Make sure the last name is centered on the letter.
22. Using a pen, trace over the lettering for the last name pressing hard enough to leave an indentation in the wood.
23. Repeat the steps above to create the indentation for the “swirl” design at the bottom center of the inner circle.
24. Using a black paint pen, fill in the large letter for the last name.
25. Using a fine point white paint pen, trace over the lettering with the full last name and the swirl design. You will need to trace over the white lettering several time to ensure it is dark enough.
26. Once the paint has dried completely, measure the diameter of the shaft of the clock mechanism and use a drill bit to make the center hole of the clock large enough to fit the clock mechanism.
27. Line the shaft of the clock mechanism with the drilled hole, and then trace the outer edge of the clock mechanism onto the back of the clock.
28. Measure how much material will need to be removed so that just enough of the shaft of the clock mechanism is coming through the hole to allow for attachment of the clock hands and set the plunge router to that depth.
29. Use the plunge router to remove the set amount of material in the traced area.
30. Attach the wire hanger to the back of the clock (make sure the hanger is attached so the clock will hang properly with the 12 o’clock at the top 😉 ).
31. Install the clock mechanism and hands and hang in your desired location!
This clock was pretty easy to build, especially with the circle cutting jig (if I tried to cut a circle freehand it would not be pretty…). This clock could easily be built in three days or less, depending on how long it takes for the paint to dry for the steps requiring paint.
Happy New Year and Happy Building!