Pallet or Dunnage Rustic Clock


My father in- law works for a trucking company and we were able to get our hands on stacks and stacks of Dunnage. For those who have no idea what Dunnage is let me explain. Its pieces of wood that keep cargo in position.  The awesome thing about dunnage is a lot of this wood is shipped from over seas you get the most amazing types of hardwood like Oak, Maple, Cherry, Teak and other woods such as Yellow pine, Aspen, Poplar and much more. The challenging thing about Dunnage is that it comes in varying sizes and widths, and the harder wood is much heavier than Pallet wood. The colors that you are able to put together are simply stunning.

So I started out with a pile of wood like this!



  1. I started with using an electric hand planner to smooth out each piece of wood that I picked out making them the same thickness. You can really see the colors of the wood coming out when you do this.
  2. I then got some scrap pieces for the back to mount the long pieces together with screws.
  3. I picked out different colors of woods and organized a pattern that I was happy with.
  4. I then screwed each piece together on to the scrap pieces making one big square.
  5. Now it was time to cut. I used a pencil to draw a circle of where I wanted to cut, I then used a circular saw to cut it in to a circle.
  6. I notice at this point a few more screws were needed to make the clock secure
  7. A sawzall  was then used to cut out a small square on the back of clock for the motor, along with a drill bit to drill a hole for the arms.
  8. I used 30 grit sandpaper and lightly sanded the clock so it was smooth on the front
  9. I decided to paint my numbers on the clock. You can also purchase metal numbers and attach them on. I already had a great stencil and the black paint so I marked out the placement of the numbers with pencil and painted.
  10. I wanted a nice finish so after the black paint was dry from the numbers,  I applied a light coat of indoor polyeuthane that was quick drying.
  11. The next day I attached the clock motor and hands to the clock. I purchased the clock hands and motor from Amazon.  My clock was quite large and I ended up purchasing the hands that measured 7 in and 10 5/8 in.
  12. At this point my clock was almost done and I needed a hanger for the back. I wanted something very sturdy  because  this clock was quite heavy. So I placed 2 large eye hooks on each side and then use baling wire for it to hang. I quadrupled the thickness of the wire to ensure that it could hold the weight of the clock.



Finished clock








About kitcatsdesigns

I am a full time nurse, mom and wife. My love for repurposing items and living the country life. I owe my passion to my mom who is no longer on this earth with me but in my heart and in my desire to be creative.
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