Oak Carriage Clock
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Oak Carriage Clock

Turn the beautiful Oak Carriage Plaque into a clock. Just drill a hole, add numbers and a clock movement. Janet Wilhelm for Walnut Hollow
Craft Time: 60+ minutes
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Material List

  • Walnut Hollow┬« Carriage Plaque, Oak
  • Clock Movement with Hands
  • AA Battery
  • Black Paint
  • Black Spray Paint
  • Electric Drill with 3/8-inch Drill Bit
  • Fine Sandpaper
  • Foam Brush
  • Number Stencil
  • Paper Towel
  • Pencil
  • Pliers
  • Spray Varnish
  • Stencil Brush
  • Tape
  • Wood Sealer

Project Instructions

Step: 1

To prepare wood for sealing, use sandpaper to lightly sand wood to a smooth finish. Remove dust with paper towel.

Step: 2

Use an electric drill with a 3/8-inch drill bit to drill a hole in center of plaque.

Step: 3

Use foam brush to apply one coat of wood sealer to wood. Let dry. (An effective wood sealer can be made by mixing equal parts Clear Shellac and Denatured Alcohol. Store remaining sealer in a well marked container.)

Step: 4

Use fine sandpaper to lightly sand wood surface to a smooth finish. Remove dust with paper towel or soft cloth.

Step: 5

Apply 2-3 coats of spray varnish. Let dry between coats.

Step: 6

Attach clock movement and hands to mark hours as noted in the Project Tip section. When complete, remove clock movement and hands.

Step: 7

Use stencil and black paint to add numbers to the 12, 3, 6, and 9 hour positions. Place stencil in proper position. Tape into place. Use stencil brush with small amount of black paint to paint number. Continue until complete.

Step: 8

To make the dots for the remaining hours, dip the wooden end of a small brush into paint. Touch paint to the pencil dot on the Plaque and lift, leaving a dot of paint. Continue until all dots are complete. Let dry.

Step: 9

Use black spray paint to paint clock hands. Lay clock hands on paper and apply several light coats. Let dry between coats.

Step: 10

Attach clock movement following packaging directions. Insert AA battery.


When making a clock, I find it helpful to attach the clock movement and hands and place both the hour and minute hand on the (12) position. Mark the spot with a pencil dot. Move the minute hand one hour. Mark the (1) hour hand with a pencil dot. Use a ruler to insure each dot is the same distance from the center of the clock. Continue until all 12 hours are marked. Then remove clock movement to decorate.