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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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