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Drum Lid wall clock.

This DIY drum lid wall clock tutorial is designed as a guideline for you to incorporate your own creative designs to create something functional and cool.

Your clock faces

This will be the main structure of your clock and act as the base or foundation for the theme you decide to incorporate.

For the main component of my clock, I decided to use a 45-gallon drum lid top. Doing so meant I already had the shape and size of my clock covered and as a result would not require further sizing and shaping.

Clock mechanism

The brain of your clock will be the timing mechanism. This can be acquired by salvaging it from an old clock or like myself just a quick trip down to the local shops.

To save time I bought an inexpensive clock that owned the hour hand characteristics I felt would best suit my design and disassembled it.

The hour hands were easily removed by pulling them off by hand and the mechanism was removed by unscrewing the single screw holding the mechanism in place.

Tools you will need

The tools you will need is entirely dependent on your own design.

For the featured design I used:

  • Router – To sink the clock mechanism into the workpiece. (If your workpiece is thin enough to allow the shaft of the clock mechanism to protrude trough the face of the clock you will not require a router)
  • Drill – To pilot the centre hole for the clock mechanism. (The bit size will be determined by the mechanism shaft)
  • Glue gun – To fix clock mechanism to the workpiece. (Can be fixed with screws also)


  • Step 1 – Find your centre

Using some simple math, find the centre of your workpiece and drill a hole that would accommodate the shaft of the clock mechanism.

(This is important as the centre will be your reference point from which you will plot the rest of your layout).
After marking the centre, mark the X and Y axis on the clock face making sure of a perpendicular intersection at the centre.

All the clocks I considered needed a 5/16″ (8mm) hole to allow the output shaft of the mechanism to protrude through the clock face.


Step 2 – Plot the layout

Laying out your indicators can be a great way to envision a spacing that would produce the desired result. After doing so, and deciding on a spacing, take stock of it with a ruler so it can be mimicked over the entire clock face. I used a plank with two holes drilled to my desired spacing to draw a circle to act as a guideline when fixing my indicators.

Make sure to clearly mark where all the indicators will be fixed.
On a 360° scale, 5-minute intervals will be a 30° spacing.

As all my indicators were being fixed with screws, I drilled small pilot holes where they would be placed.

Step 3 – Assembly

I fixed the mechanism using hot glue and a glue gun but screws or even double-sided tape would work just as well.

Now all that remained was fixing my hour hands, indicators and a bracket to hang the clock.

The hour hands pushed on as easily as they were removed, with a gentle nudge by hand.

Using the drilled pilot holes, I screwed the time indicators in place.

End of Tutorial 


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