Saw Blade Clock for Dad

Saw Blade Clock for Dad

Posted by DecoArt on May 11th 2016

Add an appropriate timepiece to Dad's workshop with this clock created using Americana® Acrylics.


    • soft cloth
    • pencil
    • tape measure
    • flat brush
    • stencil brush
    • hand saw
    • drill and small drill bit
    • clock mechanism with black hands
    • screws
    • bolts and washers
    • scrap wood
    • wooden pallet
    • nail gun
    • saw blade



    You can make this clock any size by purchasing or finding a bigger or smaller saw blade. Just adjust the pallet background proportionately.

    1. Cut the wooden pallet into pieces to 20" in length to create as much of a square as possible when the pieces are placed together. (It's okay if the height and width aren't exactly the same. The one shown is about 18" by 20" when put together.)
    2. Instruction #1
    3. Use scrap wood or furring strips to attach the boards together on the back. Cut them just smaller than the height of the boards so they can't be seen from the front. Place them about 1-1/2" from the edge. Screw or nail them together.
    4. Instruction #2
    5. Find and mark the center of the square. Drill a hole the size of the clock mechanism. (Be sure the clock mechanism fits through the boards properly.)
    6. Instruction #3
    7. Paint each slat of the pallet a different color. (Shown: Burnt Orange, Slate Grey, Buttermilk, and Spa Blue) Don't make it perfect; apply the paint roughly so there is still wood showing through.
    8. Instruction #4
    9. Mix together Staining/Antiquing Medium and Dark Chocolate according to label instructions. Apply the mix with a soft cloth or paper towel. Wipe off any excess. Make sure to cover all exposed wood to give it a stained effect.
    10. Instruction #5
    11. Push the clock mechanism through the drilled hole. If the opening on the saw blade hole is too large for the washer that comes with the clock mechanism, you will need a spacer washer. Place the saw blade over the mechanism and then the spacer washer on top.
    12. Instruction #6
    13. Finish putting the clock mechanism together according to the package instructions. Most saw blades come with lettering on them. You can sand this off or flip it over to the blank side if there is one. Or you can leave the lettering on.
    14. Instruction #7
    15. Use Lamp Black and Olde World Numbers stencil to apply numbers on the wooden backing with a stencil brush. (You will only paint the numbers 3, 6, 9, and 12.) You may need to remove the clock mechanism partially so the stencil can lay flat. It's better to apply the numbers after you have put the saw blade on so that you can see where to position the numbers.
    16. Instruction #8
    17. Center the 3, 6, 9, and 12 number stencils appropriately in each location. Apply bolts with screws for the rest of the numbers. (Refer to helpful hint for placement information.)
    18. Instruction #9