Industrial Copper Pipe Clock

11 other bloggers and I started a DIY Home Depot Gift challenge each month, where we all take the same item from Home Depot and create a gift for someone. This month our item was a copper "t," and the gift was for our spouse/significant other. So, I got to thinking what I could make my husband! I came up with a copper pipe clock for his office. It wasn't too hard, either!
First, I stained my 8x8 wooden panel with a dark walnut stain. When it dried, I applied a thin layer of Polycrylic sealer and then gave it a light sanding.
For the pipe, we used 1/2 inch diameter and we cut 8 pieces at 3 1/4 inch, and 4 smaller ones at 1 1/4 to be the clock "notches." We also used 4 "t"s," 4 90 degree elbows, and 4 caps.
I used a little glue to glue the pipes all together.
Then, we found the center of our wood panel and drilled a hole. We put the clock mechanism in according to the instructions. I also painted the clock hands and washers white so they'd show up better on the dark wood.
We glued on the piping part to the wood and let dry overnight. Finished! An easy, industrial looking clock that will be so perfect in my husband's office!
If you want to see more detailed instructions on making your on clock, visit my blog! Don't forget while you're there to check out the other amazing copper pipe projects, too!
Amanda @ Dwelling In Happiness
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  • Rusty Rusty on Mar 14, 2021

    Here it is 2021 and my ex just brought over the copper pipe so I can make the clock. I love it!

  • Leslie Leslie on Apr 15, 2021

    Hi Amanda, Your clock came out wonderfully. Thank you for sharing your process with us. As I was looking at it an idea came to mind. Instead of the wooden box which is a great idea I was thinking of using two sets of the pipe frame , gluing together at the corners and slipping in a square of plexiglass previously drilled with the hole for the clockworks. I was thinking a circle or square of thin frosted or colored glass ( or wood )with a hole drilled to be glued behind or in front to hide the works and to add interest. A stained glass panel would also work. Hope this was clear. Lots of ideas there :)