Sneak Peek: Harp Leg Half Table Woodworking Plan

Looking to build a small display table for your home? Then you’ll enjoy our upcoming Harp Leg Half Table woodworking plan. This plan is the perfect change of pace when it comes to lumber usage, machining, assembly, and finishing options. We are proud to announce this new woodworking plan will be introduced in early 2015.

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Click to zoom in on detail of table.

From a Glance

The Harp Leg Half Table is perfect for indoor or outdoor application when suitable lumber and finish is used. It’s ideal for foyers or virtually anywhere else in the home where a small, stylish table would enhance the décor of a room.

The photo model below was made of recycled construction material. The top is an edge glued panel construction and stained with a polyurethane finish. The bottom is finished with chalk paint with a wax (clear and dark) finish.

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Finished photo model. Click to see detail.

Plan Specifications

This new woodworking plan will provide full-size patterns for the legs and bottom braces, and will allow the parts to be cut out on a 14”-16” band saw. As always, the plan will also include both illustrated and written assembly instructions to ensure an easy and enjoyable project for all builders.This plan will even provide useful tips on making a simple band saw support table for ease of cutting the legs, braces, and the half round top.

Basic woodworking machinery and tools will be required to complete this project, along with a table saw, 14″ to 16″ band saw, table or floor drill press, bar/pipe clamping, and miscellaneous hand tools. The finished table dimensions are 36” width x 16” depth x 30” height.

Who Should Buy?

The Harp Leg Half Table woodworking plan is an easy to medium project plan. We’re sure the finished half table will be something you’ll be proud to display in your home, give as a gift, or even sell in local shops and craft shows.

I already have 4 requests for tables and I’ve only had the model done for a few days. What have I done?!

Click here to see all Klockit woodworking plans!

Written by: John Cooper

John spent the better part of the 28 years he was employed by Klockit, designing hundreds of clock and furniture kits and plans and has continued with product design since his retirement in 2008. John’s love of clocks, his passion for creating furniture for his own home as well as for family, and his great appreciation for the beautiful finished pieces Klockit customers make from our kits and plans inspire him to continue to create still more new clock and furniture designs.

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Product Review: Rectangle Cuckoo Clock

Rectangle Cuckoo ClockKlockit’s new rectangle cuckoo clock puts a modern twist on traditional cuckoo clocks. Interested in learning more? Read our review below to find out how this unique cuckoo clock works, what its most notable features are, and who should buy it. Feel free to leave your own review of this product in the comments section below.

How Does It Work?

Every hour on the hour, the doors on this cuckoo clock open and a small bird emerges to sing its song. Choose from 12 delightful bird sounds, or select the special cuckoo call. At dusk, the built-in light sensor automatically silences the bird sounds for a peaceful night’s sleep.

This cuckoo clock also features a large clock case made from lightweight metal, and doubles as a message board. Use the two included bird magnets to stick messages to the clock’s front. The attractive pendulum and bob are powered by a precise clock movement and gently swing below the clock case.

Notable Features

At first glance, you’ll notice that this cuckoo clock puts a modern twist on traditional cuckoo clocks. But that’s not the only notable feature this unique cuckoo clock has to offer. The attractive design on the clock’s front doubles as a message board, complete with two bird-shaped magnets.

In the back, you’ll find the clock’s back panel is magnetic and can be removed in seconds for easy access to the clock movement. This cuckoo clock is larger than the traditional cuckoo clock, but is made from lightweight metal material and is easy to hang on the wall.

Back Image of Cuckoo Clock

Who Should Buy It?

Our new rectangle cuckoo clock is the perfect modern timepiece for any home or office setting. It’s easy to set up out of the box and hang on the wall. Of course it’ll look great on your wall, but this unique cuckoo clock also makes a great birthday or holiday gift!

Available now at Klockit.com: www.klockit.com/products/sku-16305.html

Written By: Rachel Hicks

Rachel is part of the Klockit committee responsible for finding and researching new products. She has helped review many items in order to understand what makes a great product for all of our Klockit customers.

Product Review: La Crosse Technology EA-3010 Handheld Anemometer

La Crosse Technology EA-3010 Handheld AnemometerInterested in learning more about the La Crosse Technology EA-3010 Handheld Anemometer before you buy?
Check out our review below to find out how this anemometer works, what its most notable features are, and who should buy it. Feel free to leave your own review of this product in the comments section below.

How Does It Work?

The term anemometer is from the Greek word anemos, which means wind. This anemometer measures wind speed using the Beaufort scale, shown below. The Beaufort scale is a system that estimates wind force based on the visible effects of the wind on the physical environment.

Beaufort Scale

The EA-3010 Handheld Anemometer also measures wind chill and temperature information. Wind chill provides an indication of how cold it feels given the combined effects of the actual air temperature and the wind speed. This is automatically calculated and comes in handy when preparing for outdoor activities in cold weather.

Notable Features

Compact. Smart. Simple.

I love that this anemometer is compact and portable – it fits perfectly in my pocket or bag. Plus, the energy-saving battery automatically switches the device off if no buttons are pressed after 34 minutes. You won’t have to worry about replacing the battery on a regular basis, as the CR2032 button cell battery will last approximately one year.

Best of all? It’s easy to use! Since the LCD screen visually displays the wind speed as a number (0-12) based on the Beaufort scale, there’s no calculating involved.

Who Should Buy It?

The EA-3010 Handheld Anemometer from La Crosse Technology is the perfect pocket-sized accessory for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. It’s a great device to have when planning for outdoor activities. Also makes a great gift item!

Available now at Klockit.com: www.klockit.com/products/sku-16679.html

Written By: Rachel Hicks

Rachel is part of the Klockit committee responsible for finding and researching new products. She has helped review many items in order to understand what makes a great product for all of our Klockit customers.

Coming Soon: The Delaware Grandmother Clock Plan

With the final woodworking plan material drafts completed, I thought this would be an opportune time to formally introduce the woodworking community to one of Klockit’s most ambitious plan projects to date. Picking up where the “Project Delaware” blog post left off last month, I am very proud to introduce / re-introduce the Delaware Grandmother Clock!

History of the Delaware Clock:

Long-time Klockit customers are no strangers to the Delaware clock assembly. Klockit carried the Delaware as a kit (only) in the 1990’s and 2000’s. To date, it was one of the more successful kit products we offered, and demand for a woodworking plan version was constant. As wood prices increased, the Delaware became too expensive and labor-intensive to produce in kit form, and was discontinued. The possibility of a plan version was moved to the “back burner” of the product development list and remained in this state for a number of years.

Return of the Delaware:

Over the past four years, we continued to receive requests for a pinched waist floor clock. While a kit version can take the better part of a year or longer to develop, woodworking plans can be introduced just as soon as the final design is ironed out and specifications are applied. Thus, the original Delaware engineering drawings were pulled out, dusted off, and reviewed.

We also dug deep within the Klockit comment card archives to review design changes and suggestions offered from customers who had purchased the kit version in the past. From there, the clock cabinet design was updated and the plan specification drawings were created. Long-time Klockit customers can rest assured… the new Delaware design will still include all the main features that made its predecessor so successful!

Main Re-design Features:

Perhaps the greatest feature of the original Delaware clock was the fact that, typical of many pinched waist designs from the past, the hood cabinet is completely removable from the case. This allows uncompromised access to the mechanical movement within and ease of any required movement adjustments during the set-up and regulation process.delaware-sample

To improve upon the assembly, changes were made to the back and floor panels to make them ½” thick for increased strength. The upper hood assembly was re-designed so that the clock face will seat directly in front of the dial board panel and so that the case can accommodate one of two different mechanical movement options. Finally, revisions were made to the base cabinet assembly to increase the height, making the clock more proportionate between base, waist, and hood cabinet assemblies.

What Can You Expect From the New Delaware Plan?

I am really excited because this is one of the more ambitious woodworking plan development projects Klockit has tackled since completion of the Mora Grandfather Clock Plan a few years prior. The Delaware clock plan will include a 70-page construction plan booklet which will cover all specifications for every wood part, detailing each part in (at least) two orthographic views.

The plan will also elaborate on machining suggestion steps for the more complex parts, and will include router bit recommendations to provide woodworkers with as much material as possible to achieve profiles as illustrated. As a final note, the plan will even include upper and lower glass panel specifications for ease of sourcing with local glass retailers.

As with all our plans, the Delaware will include a step-by-step written assembly instruction booklet which will be used in conjunction with a separate step-by-step illustrated assembly booklet. These fundamental documents will guide woodworkers through assembly of the entire case from beginning to end (to include movement and chime mounting).

The final booklet included with the plan will encompass full scale trace templates and machining templates for those wood pieces that are more complicated to make. Full-scale templates and/or machining templates will be provided for the arch cut-outs of the waist and hood door frame openings, the arch cut-out of the upper and lower door arched rails, the dial board cut-out, the crown front plate, front ogee swan-neck crown molding pieces, the decorative base molding cut-out, upper and lower door glass panel arches, and the finial.

A supporting component package, containing all the necessary hardware required to complete assembly, will be offered in conjunction with the plan package. This will include hinges, surface mount lock, key, key-plate (or escutcheon), turn-buttons, knobs, door catches, leg levelers, and all necessary fasteners for assembly.

Look for the Delaware Grandmother Clock PlanAvailable soon exclusively from Klockit!

Untitled-2Click the image above to view sample pages from the Delaware Grandmother Clock Plan, illustrating machining of the upper/lower waist door rails (left) and sub-assembly of the lower waist door (right).

Written By: Chris Akright

Chris is responsible for the kit, plan, and finishing technical support, which he has provided to Klockit customers for over 14 years. Chris also contributes new product designs, composes written/illustrated assembly manuals, and works to develop new kit and plan products for the Klockit catalog. Chris’s experience is the culmination of years of training under his mentor, and Klockit Designer, John Cooper.

Sneak Peek: Cigar Humidor Case and Tabletop Liquor Cabinet

Back in April, I shared the design ideas for a cigar humidor and tabletop liquor cabinet. I have since completed the prototype models and would like to share this preview with our readers before the wood finishing is complete.

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These two items will be new woodworking plan and component introductions that are scheduled for rollout in January 2015. The humidifier component is sized for 75 cigar storage. The hygrometer component will indicate the optimum humidity to keep cigars fresh.

While these models were built of Alder wood, you will be able to select whatever wood species you prefer to work with. The cigar humidor model plan will cover lining the case and lid with 1/4″ thickness Spanish Cedar, and even show the removable tray made of Spanish Cedar.

The revolving turntable on the liquor cabinet should accommodate 5-6 bottles of one’s favorite liquor bottles, and smoothly revolves 360 degrees on the 6″ Lazy Susan.

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I truly enjoyed designing these new woodworking plan products and I am confident our Klockit customers are going to enjoy building them as well. Both the cigar humidor case and tabletop liquor cabinet make for very special gifts to family or friends.

See all our woodworking plan projects on Klockit.com!

Written by: John Cooper

John spent the better part of the 28 years he was employed by Klockit, designing hundreds of clock and furniture kits and plans and has continued with product design since his retirement in 2008. John’s love of clocks, his passion for creating furniture for his own home as well as for family, and his great appreciation for the beautiful finished pieces Klockit customers make from our kits and plans inspire him to continue to create still more new clock and furniture designs.

 

Project Delaware: The Grandmother Clock That Almost Wasn’t…

I was posed with a question this last weekend that took me by surprise. I was enjoying some time catching up with old friends who were curious about what I have been up to in regard to work and home life.

As I began to talk about recent projects at work, I showed them some elevation drawings of a new Grandmother clock design, which I have spent the last three months developing. After showing them my intended design, I was asked what the difference between a grandmother clock and grandfather clock was.

Growing up, my own Grandmother’s pride and joy was her Montgomery Ward Grandmother clock, which she purchased in the late 1960’s. It sat at the edge of her living room, graciously welcoming visitors from the entryway hall just after they entered the front door. The clock featured a tapered waist cabinet section, which made the clock resemble that of an hourglass shape.

To my grandmother’s humble credit, this was the distinguishing characteristic of the “grandmother clock” namesake. Consequentially, this was the impression I have had for several years. I had no idea how wrong I was…

Historically Speaking…

Grandmother clock cases are described as tall case clocks or floor clocks, which are smaller than 6-1/2 feet in height. Let’s not confuse these with Granddaughter clocks, which are even smaller versions of floor clocks (usually no larger than 5 feet in height).

Oddly enough, this is the farthest historical descriptions go. This means that Grandfather clocks can certainly have a tapered waist, but will still be classified as a Grandfather style clock providing the clock is over 6-1/2 feet in height. Grandmother style clocks, in turn, can certainly have a straight waist section (and straight case design) providing the clock case is less than 6-1/2 feet tall (and over 5 feet tall). In summary, the shape of a clock has no bearing on a clock’s type. Instead, designation is simply a matter of height, and nothing more.

Grandmother or Grandfather?

delaware-clock-grandmotherYou might ask, where does this leave my latest project? Can it, in fact, still be called a Grandmother clock with this new revelation?

I must admit that I returned after the long holiday weekend on Tuesday with reservations. I am, however, happy to report that it can. Despite the shape of the clock being that which many might associate with a “Grandmother clock” shape, I am happy to report that it will fit the current technical classification agreed upon by many clock experts and historians. With a total designed height of 75-3/8”, this assembly will just make the “cut-off” for being classified as a true Grandmother clock.

Curious about “Project Delaware”? Find out more in the coming months right here on the Klockit Blog!

Written By: Chris Akright

Chris is responsible for the kit, plan, and finishing technical support, which he has provided to Klockit customers for over 14 years. Chris also contributes new product designs, composes written/illustrated assembly manuals, and works to develop new kit and plan products for the Klockit catalog. Chris’s experience is the culmination of years of training under his mentor, and Klockit Designer, John Cooper.

Sneak Peek: Dog Treat and Leash Combo Woodworking Plan

The idea of designing this wall-mounted dog treat/leash combination came from my niece’s most recent request. She is a big dog lover and also thinks her uncle can build anything! I love her confidence in my woodworking skills, so I’m wasn’t about to burst her bubble by telling her just what a “wood butcher” I really am!

Anyway, my niece recently asked me to make her something she could hang on the wall that would have two doggie treat containers and two leash hooks for her ‘Babies” (dogs). What I came up with was what you see in the photo below.

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The puppy treat are held in one pint “MASON” canning jars that are set slightly recessed on the lower plates. The top plates pivot open and close on wooden dowel hinge pins to make treat access quick and to make jar removal for refilling/cleaning easy. The photo model is made of pine and painted with a “Crackle Paint” finish.

I’m so glad my niece liked this mantel combo! Plus, several other people have already asked me to make them one, so I thought this might make a great woodworking plan project for Klockit’s woodworking customers.

The woodworking plan to make this dog treat wall combo will be released in the near future. You will find it to be an easy project and a finished product that will undoubtedly sell well at craft fairs. It will also make the perfect gift for your family and friends with dogs.

Coming soon to Klockit.com!

Written by: John Cooper

John spent the better part of the 28 years he was employed by Klockit, designing hundreds of clock and furniture kits and plans and has continued with product design since his retirement in 2008. John’s love of clocks, his passion for creating furniture for his own home as well as for family, and his great appreciation for the beautiful finished pieces Klockit customers make from our kits and plans inspire him to continue to create still more new clock and furniture designs.