Furniture-nail clock

Blue wooden clock with furniture-nail numbers, photo

This is the easiest project I’ve attempted yet. It all started with an Ikea plant glide and furniture nails (which come in myriad colors and sizes). This clock is full of possibility. You could also glue on numbers or wood pieces, apply chalkboard paint, affix buttons, or just leave it au natural. (Oh, and I made the china cabinet that you see in the picture too.)

Terracotta pot on top of an Ikea plant glide, photo

How to make a furniture-nail clock

  • Ikea Bjurön plant glide (or wood round)

  • primer

  • 2 paint colors (I used Behr Prelude 740E-3 and Lake Stream PMD-24)

  • 12-inch square piece of scrap paper

  • furniture nails

  • quartz movement (Q-80 movement #10004) from Klockit

  • clock hands (free with clock movement purchase) I used 7-inch spade hands (#66981)

  • AA battery

  • protractor

  • ruler

  • rubber mallet

  • paint brush or roller

  • drill and 5/16-inch drill bit

  • fine sand paper or palm sander

  • vacuum or tack cloth

Finding the center of the clock face with a folded piece of paper, photo

1. Find the center: Start by tracing your plant glide onto your scrap piece of paper and cut it out. Fold it in half horizontally, unfold, then fold in half vertically. Your center is where the two folds meet. Poke a hole in the middle of the paper with your pencil, and mark the spot on your clock face. (I obviously did this after painting. Bad idea.) Save your paper circle for step 4.

2. Drill the hole in the spot where you marked, then lightly sand the whole face. Remove the dust with a vacuum or tack cloth.

3. Apply 1-2 coats of primer and let dry. Paint the clock face one color and the side another. To get a clean line where the two colors meet, brush toward the edge. Apply two coats of each. Let dry.

Using a protractor to mark where the nails go, photo

4. Using a protractor, mark 30-degree increments on your paper circle. Measure and mark each 30-degree segment 5 inches from the center. These marks are where you’ll place your furniture nails.

Hammering the nails into the clock face, photo

5. Place the paper circle on top of your clock face. Hammer a nail through the paper at each one of your twelve marks. Hammer only half-way down.

Peeling off the paper template, photo

6. Gently tear off the paper, then hammer the nails all the way down.

Clock movement exploded diagram, sketch

7. Assemble your clock according to the instructions. You’ll find this picture and written instructions at Klockit. Then just insert the battery, set the time, and hang it on the wall.

Crafty Nest furniture nail clock Pinterest photo

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