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The rustic reclaimed look for home decorating is so trendy lately, and I’ve totally hopped on that bandwagon. I love how some old wood can add character and charm to a house and make it feel lived in and homey. For my latest project I made a barnboard clock out of some scrap pieces of lumber that I rescued from our land. I decided to make a square clock face rather than a circle, and tried out a new technique for the numbers using epoxy resin and chalk dust.

Barnboard clock with chalk dust epoxy resin inlay

This is a fairly simple project and can be made in any shape or size depending on what kind of scrap wood you have on hand. Continue reading for step-by-step instructions.


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Step 1: Cut and layout the pieces

I cut my pieces down to about two inches wide. The piece of lumber I was using was fairly rotten in some places, so I just used the pieces that were in the best shape. Use your imagination for this part!

Step 2: Glue and clamp

Use  a generous amount of wood glue on all the edges of your pieces, then clamp them together. I did mine in two stages over a couple days.

Let it dry, then clean up the wood with a steel brush or a sanding block to reveal some cleaner wood.

Square face barnboard clock

Step 3: Make holes for clock numbers

First measure and mark where to place your numbers for the barnboard clock. Find the center of the clock, and mark “12, 3, 6, & 9” using a tape measure and straight edge. Then use a triangle to find the angles for the remaining numbers, and measure the same distance from the center of the clock. I used a spade bit for my holes, but a forstner bit is probably a better choice.

Square face barnboard clock with inlay numbers

Step 4: Chalk dusk epoxy inlay

I really wanted to try something new and do an inlay with epoxy resin. I had some epoxy left over from another project and decided to use chalk dust from my husband’s chalk line to add some color. I’d love to try a project with glow in the dark powder, but for this one I just used what I could find at home. Follow the instructions for the resin, and add the chalk dust to the mix. Then carefully pour the resin into the holes. Another lesson I learned – avoid drilling the holes where the wood is glued together. The epoxy ended up seeping through the cracks and made a big mess.

Chalk dust epoxy resin inlay

Step 5: Attach clock kit

When the epoxy is dry you can cut out an area at the back for the clock parts. I bought the clock kit from Michaels, and with a coupon it came to about $8. I traced around the clock kit, then cut out the wood using a buzz saw. Follow the instructions on the package to attach the clock kit to the wood face.

DIY barnboard clock

Then hang your unique barnboard clock, and you’re all set! I hung mine in the mudroom, so I can see just how late we are as we’re running out the door.

DIY Barnboard clock with chalk dust epoxy resin

I really love the how the color of the numbers turned out. The numbers are such a deep blue color. You could play around with the amount of chalk dust you add, or mix colors to make your own combination. The options are endless!

DIY barnboard clock with chalk dust eposy resin inlay

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26 thoughts on “Not Your Typical Barnboard Clock”

  1. This is way cool! My husband loves clocks. There’s not a room that doesn’t tick…except the bedroom…I put my foot down on that one. This would be a good project for him.

  2. I love projects used with scrap wood. I have a box in my work room where all my scraps go. I love the end result, and thank you for sharing the process in photos – not a lot of bloggers include each step. 🙂 Great job!

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