I’m a dad, not a grandfather clock

A grandfather clock in a box is the kind of toy you buy to keep your kids entertained when you’re not around.

But when you need to stop the clock for a bit, this little gadget will do the job. 

I first got the idea to create this clock after watching the BBC documentary Dad, Dad. 

It showed the dad who was busy with work in the office, while his kids were sitting in the living room watching cartoons. 

He put on the grandfather clock and it stopped playing when his son came home from school. 

As Dad would say, “it was a lovely surprise.”

I was thrilled that my dad had made such a simple invention for me. 

After a few months of research, I knew that I needed a more traditional clock, so I decided to make one with the same kind of components that I had used for the vintage clock. 

This time, I went for a solid wooden frame, instead of the cheap plastic ones that are so common. 

And for this project, I used a 12-inch wooden dowel. 

The best part of this clock is that you can add different types of straps to make it even more interesting. 

With the dowel, you can use straps that are just long enough to be comfortable for your hands and the wooden dowels are easy to hold up. 

One of the best parts about this clock was that it was made of solid wood, and the wood itself is durable enough that I can’t imagine a more appropriate clock for my busy lifestyle. 

Here’s a closeup of the wooden clock.

The instructions are included with the clock, but you can make yours yourself. 

If you’re going to be making this clock, be sure to read all the steps and check the manufacturer’s website.

I know that this particular clock has been sitting in my garage for several years, and I’m not sure if it will be worth the time to get it replaced. 

But if you have any questions, I would be happy to help. 

Photos by Andrew Brown