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A great gift: the homemade wooden clock

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A handmade wooden clock lies on a table
The perfect gift this Christmas
  • Difficulty
  • Costs
    < 50 £
  • Duration
    1-3 h


Christmas is soon approaching and you will buying friends and family presents. Why not give a homemade gift this Christmas by creating our wooden clock. Just follow our simple step by step guide.

What you need

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Additional items
  • protective goggles
  • tape measure
  • screw clamps
  • Pencil
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Material list
  • 1 wooden board: 144 x 6 x 1.5 cm (LxWxH)
  • 10 screws: 4 x 30 mm (DxL)
  • Clockwork and hand
  • Tape for hanging
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter

Let's start - step by step

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Measure out the size of the clock

To make the clock yourself, the correct dimensions are drawn in pencil on a wooden board.
Mark the appropriate measurements with a tape measure and a pencil

What you need: Pencil, tape measure, wooden board

To create your homemade wooden clock, measure out a total lengh of 24cm and then measure out even spaces so when you cut the wood you will have six even wooden boards. Using this measurement means your clock will be square shaped, the same as our example.

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Saw the wooden board

For the self-made clock, the wooden board is sawn with a circular saw.
Use a cordless circular saw to cut the wood to size

What you need: cordless circular saw, screw clamps, protective goggles

Now time to saw the wooden boards to make the clock. Make sure to clamp the wooden boards to the work bench with screw clamps before you start, so it doesn’t slip while you are sawing. Remember to wear protective goggles too. Once you have finished sawing you should have six equal-sized wooden boards.

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Before sawing, set the correct cutting height to match the thickness of the material, so you get a clean cut.

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Sand the wood for a smooth finish

The edges of the wooden boards are sanded with a multi-sander.
Sand down the edges for a smooth finish

Use a cordless multi-sander to sound down the wooden boards so that they have a smooth finish. To protect your eyes from the sanding dust, wear protective goggles. Use a vacuum to suck up the sanding dust once you are done.

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Colourful boards

If you would prefer a colourful clock rather than a natural wood look, simply paint the boards in a colour of your choice. Use a spray paint or 2-in-1 paint of your choice that you apply with a brush.

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Screw the boards together

The wooden boards are put together to form the clock shape using screws and a drill.
Time to make the clock

What you need: cordless combi drill, 10 screws

Now position the boards: four horizontal boards make the front of the clock and the other two boards sit vertically on the back a stabilisation. Next screw the boards together but remember to pre-drill holes using a cordless drill.

If you would like to hang up the clock, then add an extra two screws on the back, where you will be able to attach string to hang up the clock. An easier alternative is using self-adhesive hooks.

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Telling the time

If you want numbers on your clock then simply use stencils of numbers one to twelve and some paint and a brush to paint the numbers onto the clock.

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Drill the hole for clock hand

A hole is drilled in the middle of the wooden plate with a cordless drill.
Drill a hole for clockwork

What you need: cordless combi drill, wood drill bit: 4mm, Pencil, screw clamps

Almost done - the penultimate step: With a cordless drill using a 4mm wood drill bit, drill a hole for the clockwork. It's best to mark the middle of the board with a pencil, then you'll know exactly where to drill. You can clamp the board with screw clamps, so that it does not slip.

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Adding the finishing touches

The finished clock lies on a table; one hand holds the clock hands
Just add the finishing touches

What you need: clockwork and hand

Now add the clockwork to your clock from the back of the hole and then attach the clock hands.

Your clock is now ready!

Legal notice

Bosch does not accept any responsibility for the instructions stored here. Bosch would also like to point out that you follow these instructions at your own risk. For your own safety, please take all the necessary precautions.