Round table upcycled to a wall clock

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I got a round table without legs from a lady and I remembered I clipped this idea of a table turned into a clock. I bought a battery operated high torque clock movement and turned the table into a wall clock. I made the stencils for the roman numerals because it was easier and less work than the regular numbers. I downloaded the numbers from the internet and printed them on a plastic paper used for scrap booking.
I have so much wall space I needed something large. I got tired of the mirror leaning against the wall. There is an electrical outlet over the fireplace for a TV but we would never put a TV over the fireplace. We like the fireplace as it is and we don't want the TV to distract. The clock was a perfect solution and it is up and we don't have to go to the stove in the kitchen to check the time.
The table before. It came in 2 pieces without legs. I removed the hinges from the back that enabled the table top to be folded.
I turned the hinge hardware that folded the table and used them to secure the two sides straight. On the front I used wood finish and putty to smooth out the space. When it was dry I sanded it with sand paper by hand.
I chiseled out the space for the clock. The wood was so hard that even the hole cutter didn't roch it. I used an old screwdriver and a hammer. Then I primed the table.
I used paint I already had. I painted 2 coats. I tried to distress the finish with sand paper but I didn't like how it looked so I repainted it and distressed only the edges.
The finished clock. I painted on 2 coats of polyurethane for medium shine.
I added a lace detail to the ends of the hands because there was enough room to balance the long hands and the large surface of the clock.
The lace detail is made of a cake doily, painted with latex paint to keep it firm, and taped on the hands with scotch tape from the back.

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  • Lori
    on Jan 23, 2015

    that is an awesome job!

  • Renata
    on Jan 24, 2015

    Something else you could have done for that space is wood glue and clamps. Then you wouldn't see the space at all. I have been looking for a big clock for a gift for my bro in law Didn't think of doing this. Great Idea that I am gonna I must have missed something because I didn't see where you got the arms for the clock?? I have a huge clock that the arms are bent and I can't seem to get them straightened enough to work properly

    • Andrea S
      on Feb 2, 2015

      @Renata I got them from Kidder Klock. I worked there 20+ years ago and they are still there but expanded their supply lines. You want the high torque hands that go on the high toque movement. I bought the longest set which is 17.5". Yes the space in the middle was a challenge. The edges were actually rounded with a router. I have no idea why it was made that way but the insert edges were also rounded. This was the only round table I could find at the time. I didn't want to cut the edges because I would have lost the circle shape. The line in the middle is not that bad, it shows in different lights but not all the time.

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