Wallclock Project Info

Wallclock final 1.1

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Parts and cutting list

A, Sides17½ x 3½ 444.5 x 89
B, Top & Bottom9⅞ x 4¼ 250 x 108
C, Cross rails9⅞ x 2 250 x 50
D, PanelThis is cut to final size
using measurements taken
from the clock frame after it
is assembled.

General Description

This is our very first project to broadcast as an online training video. This project is a simple but beautiful shaker-style wall clock. It incorporates many easy but essential woodworking techniques, joints and tricks. If you follow this project you will learn how to:

  • Cut out parts from pre-dimensioned wood
  • Pick out wood at the lumberyard
  • Cut grooves with a Ploughplane
  • Make a raised panel
  • Cut housing-dado joints
  • Make decorative beading
  • Finish with a simple shellac finish

Tools/Materials/Equipment Needed

Combination square
Layout knife
Marking Gauge
Measuring tape
No. 4 plane
Tenon Saw
Chisel Hammer
Coping saw
Router (Hand Router)
Plough Plane and 3/8inch (9mm) blade
Brace and 1/4-3/8inch (6-10mm) bit or a screw gun and drill bit
Sandpaper (1 x sheet of 120-150 grit & 1 x sheet of 220-250 grit)
1-1½” Natural Bristle Brush
Shellac (Zinsser [USA] Liberon [UK])
Wood 4 square feet of 3/4″ (20mm) pine
Clock Movement 2-4 inch (50-100mm) clock insert


  1. Michael177 on 17 December 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Paul or Joseph, take a look at the cutting list above. Both the rails as well as the top and bottom pieces are listed as 9 7/8 inches long. I think that is the length for the top and bottom, but not the rails.


  2. Joseph Sellers on 17 December 2012 at 9:38 pm

    @michael177 you are quite that there is a seeming discrepancy here. However, the rails are cut to length only when the main frame is completed. This means that we need to give some measurement but cannot give a final one as this would just be confusing. So, we decided to give the same length as the top and bottom despite the fact that it is actually a couple of inches oversized. Sorry for the confusion.

  3. bloqbeta on 7 January 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Hey Joseph,

    Is there a downloadable plan for the clock? in PDF?


    Mario H.

  4. Denis Solomon on 19 February 2017 at 5:47 pm


    Is the final thickness of the timber 7/8″ as shown in Paul’s blog, or 3/4″ as shown here?


    Denis Solomon

    • Philip Adams on 21 February 2017 at 1:05 pm

      That is a matter of choice, 1/8″ difference is not a lit, and your location usually determines what is available in your area.
      Best, Phil

  5. willyd57 on 5 July 2017 at 8:30 pm

    How far down from the top of the panel do you recommend cutting the hole for the clock insert? I already built one of these out of some scrap Cherry I had on hand. I placed the center of the hole 41/2″ from the bottom of the top rail. My wife thinks it should be more in the center. I think she needs to stay out of my woodshop.

    I am building another one out of highly figured hard Maple. It looks awesome, but I have not cut the hole for the clock insert just yet. I am waiting for the clock to arrive.


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