Project RBC (Really Big Clock!)

Hi everyone!  K.C. has been hard at work this past week to bring you our latest project, affectionately known as the “really big clock.”  The inspiration for this project came quite easily.  We had a totally empty wall above our staircase and no clock in the living room. Pinterest + Search Bar + Big DIY Clock = A Million Ideas.  We got an idea of what we wanted ours to look like from several other project blogs and just went for it.  I love a good dark wood stain and white accent!  Ready to see how we (ok, really it was just K.C.) did it?

Here we go!

Shopping List:

  • (4) 1 x 6 Tongue & Groove Carsiding – 8 ft long
  • (1) 1 x 6 – 32″ (we used scrap)
  • (1) 1 x 2 – 32″ (we used scrap)
  • (6) 1 1/4″ Screws
  • Minwax Wood Stain
  • Polyurethane Clear Coat
  • High Torque Movement Clock Motor
  • 12″ High Torque Clock Hands
  • House Numbers 1-12
  • Krylon Spray Paint
  • Titebond Wood Glue


  • Pipe Clamps
  • Palm Sander with 120 Grit Paper
  • Porter Cable Cordless Drill
  • Jigsaw
  • Table Saw
  • Miter Saw
  • Router
  • Hammer

Cut List:

  • 4 – 1 x 6 Carsiding cut in half
  • 1 – 1 x 6 ripped in half at a 45° angle


The cut list to begin the project is pretty simple.  You start by cutting all four of the carsiding pieces in half to make eight 4 ft sections.  Then you’ll want to glue all eight boards together at the joints using three 5 ft pipe clamps to hold it tight overnight while it dries.


After the glue is set, you can trace out the shape for your clock.  Since we wanted our clock to be 3 ft in diameter, we did this by finding the center, placing a screw, and hooking a 1 1/2 ft piece of wire to the screw with a pencil attached to the end.  Once you trace it out with the pencil, you can define your line a bit more with a sharpie before you begin cutting. Now go ahead and drill a pilot hole near the outside of the line to start the blade and use the jigsaw to cut out the circle.


Next, you’ll want to sand the clock.  It doesn’t need to be perfectly smooth because it’s going to be hanging on your wall and you likely won’t be handling it often, but it’s nice to smooth the edges a bit.  After it’s sanded, you’re ready for stain!  You could also choose to paint it, depending on the look you are going for. We used Minwax Wood Finish in a Dark Walnut color and gave it a clear coat of Polyurethane the next day.


Once the sealant is dry, you’re ready to attach the clock motor. The thickness of wood that we used for the clock required that a hole be cut on the backside of the clock, otherwise the shaft that the hands attach to would not stick through far enough.  Flip the clock over and use your router to cut out a hole just large enough for the motor to sit in and mount it with the materials provided.


Now, we need some numbers on this clock!  There are a lot of clocks that were done with only the 3, 6, 9, and 12, but we choose to use all 12 numbers.  We bought “house numbers” from Lowe’s and spray painted them white, but you could paint them a fun color or leave them original.  Ours were black to begin with and they also sell them with a nickel finish. After the paint has dried, go ahead and arrange the numbers.  Drilling pilot holes in the wood will help prevent splitting before you mount them.


Lastly, create a mount system by taking a 32″ 1 x 6 board (we used some scrap that we had laying around) and ripping it in half at a 45° angle.  This length allowed us to reach three studs.  We recommend hitting at least two studs to make sure it’s secure.  Mount one half to the wall and the other to the back of the clock.  We also used a scrap 32″ piece of 1 x 2 on the bottom half of the clock so it would hang evenly on the wall.


That’s the last step!  Set the time, hang your clock, and enjoy!  Here are some pictures of our final product.


3 thoughts on “Project RBC (Really Big Clock!)

  1. Lovely DIY, as usual I will save this for future use (hopefully if time allows)!

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