Wooden Watch (Semi-tutorial)

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Blog entry by Dan posted 01-25-2013 11:18 PM 5543 reads 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So after making my wooden bracelets, I decided I wanted to use the same method to make a watch. Due to the materials I had at hand, I ended up using a different method to make the watch than I did the bracelets.

1. Draw up a pattern. (I used CORELDraw to design mine)

2. Select Material – I went with 1/4” thick red oak flatstock.

3. Trace or use spray adhesive to attach pattern to blanks.

4. Drill link holes (I clamped mine between 2 1/2” pieces to make easier to keep standing at a 90. Remember to drill slowly and back off often to remove chips, going slow will help keep your bit from drifting. As you can see my first attempt I had a major bit drift, so I started over.)

(Above: Bit drifted, causing me to start over)

5. Optional – I recommend numbering the links to make easier to keep in order.

6. Use scroll saw to cut out the pieces.

7. Test fit all pieces.

8. Tape center links to piece that will house the insert.

9. Drill holes for pins.

10. Test fit all pieces, make sure pins (brad nails) go in.

11. Using a belt or disc sander, round the ends of links.

12. Sand, sand some more, and when you think you’re done sanding… do it again. I start with 100 grit and work my way up. You want all pieces as smooth as possible. When done sanding be sure to remove all dust.

13. Insert pins (again, just brad nails) – I put a small drop of CA (super-glue) on the underside of each brad’s head, then push to the link as tight as possible.

14. Using very course grit sandpaper on a disc sander, sand of the points of the brads flush to the edge of the links.

15. Finish however you like. As you can see in the final picture I use metal picture hanging wire to hang the piece. I do this so I can use spray poly to finish the entire thing at once. I will be spraying 5 coats (maybe 7) of gloss poly. I will add pictures in the comments later after polying. At that point it will simply be a matter of waiting for my insert to arrive (due the 29th). Once it arrives I’ll put it in then post the finished watch as a project.

Thanks for reading!

-- Dan - Wooden Treasures CT -

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#1 posted 01-26-2013 12:24 AM

Figured I would add a picture of the insert I ordered for this.

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#2 posted 01-26-2013 05:15 AM

Some pictures with the finish. Its fully dry and able to be handled, but is not yet fully cured.

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#3 posted 01-26-2013 05:21 AM

Used photo editing software to get a basic idea of what will look like when done…

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#4 posted 01-27-2013 03:36 AM

That’s neat, really Cool work!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#5 posted 01-30-2013 07:33 PM

Finished product – Please ignore my crappy rusted mailbox lol, need to replace that.

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#6 posted 04-18-2013 11:42 PM

Nice job, dude, but to strengthen the watch portion, I’d glue a couple of layers of veneer to the back to take the strain from the mounts for the wristband being so far from the edges. Make sure the grain runs with the direction of the strain.


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#7 posted 04-20-2013 07:03 PM

Very nice watch. One thing that would make the drilling of your pin holes easier would be to use quarter sawn lumber. That way the grain(flat sawn) will not push the bit off center.

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#8 posted 04-21-2013 05:24 PM

Really nice work. I definitely have to try this one out. What are you using as a “clasp” to hold the band together when you wear it?

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#9 posted 04-22-2013 04:37 PM

@Bigtiny & Hookfoot – thank you for the suggestions. As the one pictured above is now broken, I may try your suggestions when I remake it lol.

@ Martin – I used magnetic clasps, bad idea. This watch was too heavy for the magnets, even with two of them, it fell off my wrist and broke. I recommend a standard lobster claw clasp.

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