Learn how to convert and old industrial spool into a large wall clock.
Crystal chandeliers and vintage file cabinets…
I’ve always been drawn to interesting contrasts and textures. To a mix of highs and lows – with plenty of patina thrown in. And this project is no exception.
Remember those industrial spools I snagged?
Reclaimed Wood Clock
We made a table out of one (remember this?), and now here is number two: an industrial spool clock.
Fortunately, it’s easy to make a clock from an industrial spool. Simply remove the bolts (use oil to help loosen them) and take the spool apart, giving you your clock face (two, actually).
How to make an industrial spool clock:
Next, cut a small circle (we used a jigsaw to do so, purposefully making it a very rough cut) to fill the hole in the center of the face. We used a scrap from the side of the dismantled spool so it would match.
Measure the thickness of that circle and purchase a high torque mechanism and hands (something like this*). Be sure to order the appropriate mechanism for the thickness of your centerpiece.
Drill a hole in the center of your circle, then hammer it into place in the center of the face (that’s why we made it a rough cut, so it would fit snugly into the hole).
Attach the hands and mechanism according to manufacturer’s instructions.
I love how the elegant, curvy clock hands contrast the rough, weathered wood. We hung it in our stairwell (a perfect big-impact piece!).
It’s mostly visible when coming down the stairs, but it can be seen from our entryway…
And I love the contrast with our chandelier. Again – that mix of highs and lows…
And that texture! So so scrumptious (can I say that about wood? 😉 )
What do you think? Do you like the contrast of tailored and rustic?
Don’t forget to pin it!
And, of course, I have to say it (you know my former English teacher self can’t resist!)… I just love juxtaposition. 😉
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