How To Make A Jaw-Dropping Pendulum Box Clock!!

Bryan's Workshop
by Bryan's Workshop
3 Materials
7 Days
You read that title right! Jaw-dropping box clocks! My most passionate hobby is collecting and fixing antique Japanese clocks. I am crazy about clocks. So much so that I've started building my own from scratch with my very own trademark. It's actually pretty simple to do a project like this and nothing compliments a room better than a gorgeous clock on the wall. icon
Here's one of my finished clocks! My trademark is Karasuki and the logo is a crow on a branch. Karasu is crow in Japanese and Ki is tree. The word means nothing in Japanese. icon  
First you'll need to make the box. If you don't have or want to use a saw, this can be done with just a metal ruler and boxcutter. There is a large selection of thin types of plywood at your local hardware store. Measure everything out and run the boxcutter along the edge of the ruler a couple times until its cut.

*Becareful with boxcutters! Get one the locks the blade into place too.
*Do this on a cutting board, piece of wood or cardboard. Be aware and careful of what you're cutting on top of.
You can use a drill or awl to make holes for screws. I often use trim on the inside of my clock boxes for decoration and to make the box sturdier.

Check out pictures of old antique clocks to get an idea of what you want to create. The possibilities are endless. I used a jigsaw to cut the wavy parts of this clock.
This was all cutout with a boxcutter. It is not as difficult as it looks. I cutout all of the thin strips of wood myself, but you can buy similar sizes in the trim area of you wood/hardware store.

These can be screwed or glued down.

Pencil marks and excess glue can be sanded off if you stain your clock.
I bought all of the screws and hardware at the dollar store!
I had some scrap circular wood I stained and put in this.
Pendulum clock movements can be bought on Amazon for $10! There are a lot of options to chose from too. I like the clocks that run on one battery and pendulums that are moved by a magnet. They often only take a screw or two to install and last for a long time on one battery.

My clock face is custom, but is paper decoupaged onto wood. You can find a ton of free printable clock faces on Pinterest or with a Google search.

I have glass cut at my local hardware store. Glass is cheaper than plastic and the piece in this clock was about $10. The glass is held in my strips of wood and gold nails.
I painted the clock black, distressed it with sandpaper and waxed with Teak Briwax.
You can find more pictures and videos of my clocks on my Facebook page.
Suggested materials:
  • Wood
  • Small screws and hinges
  • Pendulum clock movement
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  • Joanne Joanne on Jul 03, 2017

    Beautiful, what was your total cost on this project?

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  • Debbie Myer Debbie Myer on Aug 28, 2017

    I have a Seth Thomas clock that has 'stained glass' on it. It needs repaired, but is still my favorite.

  • Mammacat Mammacat on Aug 31, 2017

    great going always love those clocks gonna give this one a try and i use roman numerals on mine always loved roman numerals thanks for the idea.