I have been waiting to write this post for a long time and it’s finally here!!
As you know, we have been remodeling our living room and incorporating a lot of farmhouse decor that we make or purchase from flea markets.
The room isn’t quite finished but I missed having a clock. Even though we have the time on our phones and laptop, it wasn’t the same as looking up to see what time it was.
I decided to look for farmhouse clocks on Pinterest and I kept seeing clocks made from a cable spool so I thought that we would try that.
If you would rather watch how we made our clock, you can watch here 👇
First, we had to find a spool. We were pretty lucky because our local recycling company sold cable spools for $5 each!!
Instead of buying a spool on Etsy or somewhere like that and spending a lot of money, I would definitely suggest finding a recycling company, electric company, or somewhere local to find a cable spool for fairly cheap or even free.
The problem with a cable spool is that there is a lot of hardware to remove. I, personally, liked all of the old nails and cables buried in the spool so I thought it was perfect and I kept them!
If you don’t like any metal showing on your cable spool, there are so many different kinds to choose from. They don’t all have the metal pieces everywhere on the spool.
We just had to unscrew the bolts to take the cable spool apart. We used an impact wrench and they came off like a breeze!
Then we hammered the nails down in back so they wouldn’t scratch the walls. We could’ve removed them all but the nails gave it just the rustic look that I was going for.
I used the orbital sander to sand the edges and the front and back. I didn’t sand it too much though because there were so many nails.
After I was finished sanding on the cable spool, I decided to stain all of it so I would have a dark background to work with.
We waited a few days for the stain to dry before we worked in the middle where the clock mechanism would go.
This cable spool had a large hole in the center with a metal piece to hold two wood disks together. I wanted to keep this so Carson worked his magic and made a metal circle to weld onto the piece.
He welded the circle to the center metal piece and then ground the edges so they would be seamless before we painted it.
I used hammered black paint for the center on the metal and dry brushed white paint to the front of the spool.
I used my Silhouette Cameo to make stencils for my numbers and bought some really big clock hands. It just wouldn’t look right with tiny clock hands!
Of course, I had to watch a few YouTube videos to learn how to put the numbers in the perfect spots. What I didn’t know was how easy it really was.
What you do is paint the 12 where you want it at the top of the clock.
Remove the clock’s cap nut and set it aside.
Locate the “Long Clock hand” from the packaging.
Use the “Long Hand” to turn the clock mechanism and align it towards the 12 o’clock mark.
Once it is aligned to the 12 o’clock mark, remove the Long Hand and set it aside.
Find the “Short Hand” and attach it to the clock mechanism. Support the mechanism frame with your hands as you snap in the Short Hand.
Snap the “Short Hand” tightly in the mechanism.
Get the Long Clock hand and loosely attach it to the mechanism.
Lock in the clock hands with the cap nut. There should be a clearance between the two hands to avoid hitting each other.
Now it’s time to mark the spaces where the other numbers will go on the clock.
With the Long and Short Hands aligned at the 12 o’clock position, start turning the “Long Hand” clockwise a full turn until it comes back to the 12.
Now mark the number “1” where the “Short Hand” is pointing.
Repeat these steps until all 12 numbers are placed on the clock. I also made sure that my numbers were aligned with the opposite number. For example, the 1 needed to be straight with the 11 and so on.
That was actually the most fun part for me. As I lined up the numbers, I would paint them with Waverly chalk paint in Black.
I also added “Fancher Family” and “est. 1994” to the center with black paint but in hindsight, painting them the green color would have been better so they could be seen more clearly. I might do that later but for now, I wanted to enjoy an actual clock in the room!
In order to hang it, it needs to be extra sturdy. That thing is heavy!!!
So, Carson welded together a hanger for the back and used heavy duty screws to screw it to the cable spool.
Then we bought a butterfly bolt to screw into the wall.
This thing is not coming down unless it takes the wall with it!
That’s it! It was so easy that I wished we would’ve made this project a long time ago.
I have listed the items we used for this project below for your convenience.
Okay, the hanger was a one of a kind Carson original so I’m going to add a link to a sturdy hanger that you can find on Amazon.
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- Impact Wrench
- Orbital Sander
- Jacobean Minwax Stain
- Dewalt Grinder
- Hammered Black Paint
- Large Clock Hands with Mechanism
- Silhouette Cameo
- Number Stencils (In case you don’t have a stencil cutter)
- Butterfly or Toggle Bolt
If you make or have made one of these or anything that is not conventional for a clock, I would love to know in the comments below!! 👇
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