I made a pallet clock using some old pallets.
I finally tore apart the pallets that have sat in my backyard. I took the easy way and used a circular saw instead of keeping the boards long. The pallets I had were pretty beat up and a lot of the boards were not in good shape, so I just cut them, and had a bunch of 12 to 18 inch boards.
I learned a few things about clock movements. The middle post is called a shaft and these shafts come in different lengths. DING, DING, DING, that is the bells going off in my mind. I had no idea you needed different lengths until I drilled the hole in my pallet and the shaft was not long enough. Since I already had the clock movement and did not want to buy another, I was determined to figure out a way to make this one work. I decided I could hollow out the back of my pallets. I measured how much I needed taken off and then set my table saw blade. I began to run my pallet over the table saw. I only hollowed out a section large enough for the clock movement. You can see in the picture above where I used the table saw to hollow out a section. I placed 4 pallet boards together and used scrap pallets to make the support brackets for the back of the clock. I screwed the support brackets to each pallet piece. I used the base of the old clock to trace out the size of my pallet clock. I decided to keep it the same size and use the numbers from the old clock.
I used a jigsaw to cut out the pallet. I decided to stain the clock using Minwax 30808 Water Based Express Color Wiping Stain and Finish, Onyx. My advice is to stain the pallet boards before screwing together. After I stained the clock, the pallet boards shrank a little and I had too much space between the boards. I also did not have stain in between the boards and this really showed after they shrunk. I had to take the boards apart and stain in between and put back together. So take my advice and stain before you begin, lesson learned!
I spray painted the clock hands and numbers with a silver paint. I love how the silver gives the clock a modern feel.
I will be on the look out for old clocks at garage sales to make a few more of these to sell at the shop.
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