How Can I Resin A Wooden Clock?

Learn how to transform a piece of live edge wood into a beautiful mantle clock ... for those of us who can still tell time the traditional way :)

Dave from ArtResin here, and I recently picked up a beautiful piece of willow from Exotic Woods, one of ArtResin's favorite local stores. Inspired by a family heirloom, I thought the wood would make a one-of-a-kind, custom clock - that doubles as a beautiful piece of artwork!

Next I picked up a clock movement kit.
There are lots of styles to choose from at good hobby and craft stores, and even more to choose from online! I went with an inexpensive, battery operated model with simple, clean lines to allow the natural beauty of the wood to shine.  

With wood, tools, and clock movement set in hand, Joanne and I will walk you step by step through the process in Episode One:

- The first step is to outline the clock face ( Joanne drew an outline using a small plate. )

- In the center of the clock face, I'll drill a hole for the clock shaft to poke through. From there, he can drill a cavity in the back for the clock movement kit to sit in.

- We decided to only mark the 12, 3, 6 and 9 points on the clock face to keep the look clean and simple. Their plan is to make 4 holes using a square chisel, and then to fill those holes with silver ResinTint!

- Finally, we'll sand down the face of the clock, cover it in glossy ArtResin epoxy resin, assemble and install the clock mechanism and hey presto .... the clock will be complete!

Episode 2

In last episode, I drilled a hole through the centre of the clock. Today, Joanne and I used that hole as a guide to drill out a cavity in the back of the clock for the clock movement set to sit in.

Once they were certain the clock movement set was sitting correctly, they trimmed down the hour, minute and second hands to size, as well as sanding them down to the raw metal for a more industrial look.

Finally, we then marked out the 3, 6, 9, and 12 hour points on the clock face. They used a square chisel to carve out 4 holes which they are planning on filling with silver ResinTint!!!

Episode 3

In last week's episode, we made certain the clock was functional by drilling out a cavity in the back of the clock for the clock movement set to sit in and used a square chisel to carve out the 3, 6, 9, and 12 hour marks ... which they are planning on filling with silver ResinTint.

In today's episode, the time jokes aren't getting any better as Dave sands down the face of our clock in preparation for a thin pre-seal coat of ArtResin.

TIP: The pre-seal step is super important when working with an organic material like wood that is prone to off-gassing. By rubbing in a thin coat of ArtResin first, you're sealing up the wood to prevent bubbles being released later in our final coat.
A small preventative step that saves a potential headache down the road!

Episode 4

Last week, Dave and I sanded down the face of the clock and applied a super thin preseal coat of ArtResin.  
And now .... what we've all been waiting for!
Today is the day we're filling in our 3, 6, 9, and 12 hour markers with Silver ResinTint.

Stay tuned for Part 5, when we give our clock another sanding in preparation for our final coat of crystal clear ArtResin!!

Episode 5

Ok guys - now that our 3, 6, 9 and noon markers have been filled in, today is rather a rather simple day... but fun!
Sanding and pouring the final coat of ArtResin!!
Can you believe it?!
Good times for sure :)

Stay tuned for Part 6, when we reveal the finished piece!!
That's right... the final part in this series!!!

Episode 6

IT's the big reveal!!
Our clock is DONE and it looks so beautiful!

Dave and Joanne recap the final steps from final ArtResin pour to pride of place on the mantle in today's episode :)

Thanks for watching - hope this inspired you to grab a piece of wood and get resining .... with ArtResin!! :)

Bad Clock Puns Tally:
episode one - 11!
episode two - 23!!
episode three - 29!!!
episode four - 37!!!!
episode five - 40!!!!!
epside six - 44andthankgodtherearenomoreclockpuns!!

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About the author: Dave Zak

Hi, I'm Dave, a Canadian-based entrepreneur. I was born an artist and I love to tinker and create things. After studying art and working in marketing, I founded ArtResin in 2008 in response to the toxic and yellowing resin products that were giving me headaches and ruining my artwork.