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Repair an old wooden clock

Restore your vintage piece and make it shine like new!

You may have an old clock around the house that needs some TLC: tender love and care. Clocks are wonderful pieces that make a house a home, so if you want to give yours a second chance, these are the steps to follow so you can know how to fix a clock yourself!

WHAT YOU NEED

MATERIALS

- A fast universal glue (e.g. Loctite 60 sec. All-Purpose Glue)

TOOLS

- Tweezers
- Sandpaper
- Cloth

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Get the materials

You will need a fast universal glue (e.g. Loctite 60 sec. All-Purpose Glue), sandpaper, cloth and tweezers.

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STEP 1

Straighten hands I

A clock with bent hands may result in them catching on each other and stopping the gears. In order to straighten hands, remove them from the dial and place them on a clean work surface.

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STEP 2

Straighten hands II

Use tweezers or pliers to gently bend the hand back into its intended shape. The size of the tool required for straightening depends on the size of the watch hands, and care must be taken to limit the amount of bending that the metal experiences, as it can weaken the hands.

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STEP 3

Clean the bonding area

Sand off the finish with sandpaper if the frame is scratched. Continue sanding to smooth out the scratches once you've removed the finish. Ensure both parts to be bonded fit tightly together free of gaps. Clean the area with a cloth to remove excess material after sanding.

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STEP 4

Stick the broken pieces

Apply thin beads of a fast universal glue (e.g. Loctite 60 sec. All-Purpose Glue) to one of the pieces and then join them together holding for 60 seconds. Repeat this step for the other pieces if necessary.

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STEP 5

Let it dry

Let it dry for a couple of hours, and designate where you'll be hanging this freshly-restored piece! Hang your clock back up and it's done! You're soon to be receiving tons of compliments over this amazing clock! This is all a result of your great hard work! Now that you got your hands dirty from learning how to fix a clock, repair your broken wooden frame!

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