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Drum Lid wall clock.

This DIY drum lid wall clock tutorial is designed as a guideline for you to incorporate your own creative designs to create something functional and cool.

Your clock faces

This will be the main structure of your clock and act as the base or foundation for the theme you decide to incorporate.

For the main component of your clock, use a 45 Gallon Drum lid top. This means you have the shape and size of your clock already covered.

Clock mechanism

The brain of your clock will be the timing mechanism. This can be acquired by salvaging it from an old clock or just a quick trip down to the local hardware shop.

Tools you will need:

The tools you will need is entirely dependent on your own design.

For a basic design you will need:

  • Router – To sink the clock mechanism into the workpiece. (If your workpiece is thin enough to allow the shaft of the clock mechanism to protrude trough the face of the clock you will not require a router)
  • Drill – To pilot the centre hole for the clock mechanism. (The bit size will be determined by the mechanism shaft)
  • Glue gun – To fix clock mechanism to the workpiece. (Can be fixed with screws also)

Step 1 – Find your centre

Using some simple math, find the centre of your workpiece and drill a hole that would accommodate the shaft of the clock mechanism.

(This is important as the centre will be your reference point from which you will plot the rest of your layout).
After marking the centre, mark the X and Y axis on the clock face making sure of a perpendicular intersection at the centre.

The majority need a 5/16″ (8mm) hole to allow the output shaft of the mechanism to protrude through the clock face.

Step 2 – Plot the layout

Laying out your indicators can be a great way to envision a spacing that would produce the desired result. After doing so, and deciding on a spacing, take stock of it with a ruler so it can be mimicked over the entire clock face. You could use a plank with two holes and drill to your desired spacing to draw a circle to act as a guideline when fixing indicators.

Make sure to clearly mark where all the indicators will be fixed.
On a 360° scale, 5-minute intervals will be a 30° spacing.

If your indicators are being fixed with screws, drill small pilot holes where they will be placed.

Step 3 – Assembly

You could fix the mechanism using a glue gun but screws or even double-sided tape would work just as well.

Now all that remains is fixing the hour hands, indicators and a bracket to hang the clock. Then add the hour hands.

Using the drilled pilot holes, screw the time indicators in place.

And there you have it, a beautiful wall clock made by you! If you have a go, make sure to send us a picture of your project on our social channels!