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Scrap Wood Clock Faces

May 1, 2016

Scrap Wood Clock Faces

For years I have wanted a wood clock face. More recently I have seen them on just about every episode of my favorite HGTV show, Fixer Upper, and Pinterest is overflowing with styles and ideas. They looked easy enough so I decided it was time to just do it. What was I waiting for?

Just like my signs, I started out by building the base. In this case, I started with a square. Actually, I should back up a bit. I started out by making a large circle pattern. Since I didn’t have anything that was the size I wanted for a circle, I had to figure out how to make my own. I made a make-shift compass using a yardstick. I drilled through one end to give me the center of my circle’s radius. I tacked through the hole, through my pattern paper and into my work surface, then placed a pencil next to the yardstick at the length of the radius I wanted. It was then a matter of simply rotating the yardstick 360 degrees to draw my circle.

I traced the pattern onto the square base and cut out my circle.

The circle was then dry brushed with white.

The numbers were a whole other animal. I made a stencil for each number in much the same way as I my other signs, but getting them positioned was a bit of a task. Even though each number was the same height, each Roman numeral was a different width. They needed to be centered at each number position without becoming crowded. I made three sizes of stencils before I finally had a good fit. Another key point to making the stencil is that all the numbers face the center. This means the “six” will be upside down. That seemed kinda weird to me, but after browsing all the clock faces on Pinterest, it seemed to work.

After all that the stenciling was a piece of cake. 😉


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  1. Pretty cool! I’ve wanted one like this too. Are they going on your booth, and how much are you asking for them?

  2. Hi there Cyndee Been while since I got post from you, good to see your post again, of course about something awesome. Think most of us have wanted one of those clock faces as you made, just the right rustic look for any style. Not sure where would hang it but something else would have to come down in living room. Will show this to hubs, see if he could make one and hopefully have a stencil that would work. Not talented like you to make own stencils. Do you have Cricut for stencils?
    How big, what circumference is your clock? needs to be big enuf or would look funny.
    Great job making your clock face, will you keep one or all go to your booth?
    How are you and family? Hope all well.

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