I’ve been on the hunt for a big clock FOREVER but let’s be honest here, I can’t justify spending $200 on a clock, so I made one instead! You are going to be shocked at how easy this DO IT YOURSELF CLOCK FROM AN ELECTRICAL SPOOL is to make!
If you call around to electrical wholesalers or to your local city office, you should be able to get your hands on an old spool! My friend Mikaela found ours and they are perfection! The clock I made for this tutorial is huge, I’m talking 4 feet across huge! With this being said, you’ll need to adjust your measurements depending on your size. If you have any questions or need help figuring them out please email or comment below, we’re happy to help!!!
Electrical spool, remove the cylinder piece connecting the spool together
Pliers (to remove staples)
Varnish, I used Minwax’s Dark Walnut. Looks like this.
Varnishing Supplies- nitrile gloves and an old rag
Pen or Marker
Wood Circle (for the face and clock mechanism)
Clock Hands- I used these ones.
**CLOCK HAND SIZE WILL VARY DEPENDING ON THE SIZE OF YOUR SPOOL. AGAIN MY SPOOL HAS A 48 INCH DIAMETER, SO MY CLOCK HANDS ARE 17.75″ AND THE MECHANISM IS “HIGH TORQUE”.
If you are using a spool with a diameter smaller than mine, head HERE to figure out the size of hands you’ll need!