Bits and Pieces Clock
If you break a dish do you toss the lid too? If you break a clock do you toss the clock mechanism? Or, if you router your board too deep do you toss it? I’m thankful I broke a dish and broke our clock. Or this project wouldn’t have happened. 🙂
Not so thankful I routered by board too deep, but I made it work. 😕
Today’s is our monthly Junk Challenge. A group of talented ladies shares our projects made from junk.
Please check all the junk projects at the end of this post along with me.
This is my junk visionary clock.
This was my clock! This morning, Pierre was not keeping time…so I gave him a beating!!! 😀 Not really, but he did jump outta my hands and fell to the floor breaking his arm.
I remembered a dish I broke over Thanksgiving. Don’t sit a hot dish on a cool marble countertop! It was a vintage veggie dish. I liked the top so I keep it knowing I would repurpose it sometime.
I removed the clock mechanism from Pierre’s gut.
The new base
Then cut four ten inch boards from a 1 by 3. That makes a ten-inch square when glued together.
When the glue dried I routered a keyhole for hanging. I started routering a square inset area for the clock mechanism. Since the area was in the center of the wood and needed to be around 1/2 inch deep, I set the router to cut about 1/4 inch deep first. Everything worked fine.
I adjusted the bit to cut deeper, way too deep! Oops!!!! Do I start over…no! The large gaping hole will be covered with a clock face.
I aged the wood with my tea and ironed vinegar.
The picture of Pierre was added to a page document and then printed on card stock to be the same size as the original clock face. Pierre had lots of glue holding the clock face in his tummy!
I cut the clock face out and glue over the gaping hole. I glue the clock mechanism in the back and added the hands.
I used metal clips from an old crib…
to hold the veggie lid in place. The lid has a rim around the edge that keeps the clock hands moving around. With a fresh new battery maybe, I won’t break this clock.
If I keep breaking things I’ll have plenty of junk for the rest of the year!
Now it’s time to join me and visit the other junk projects.
Join the newsletter
Subscribe to get our DIY HelpLetter each Thursday. Plus grab your Interior Decorating Ideas e-book.