Top 3 Woodworking Projects for 2016

The New Year is here and we’re kicking it off by sharing our top 3 woodworking and clock projects from last year. We have a wide variety of customers at different skill levels, and our top 3 projects are proof of that! Continue reading

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How To: Choose the Right Push-on Clock Movement for Your Project

Do you need help selecting a push-on clock movement for your next project? If so, then you’ve come to the right place! Continue reading

Now Available: Cigar Humidor and Tabletop Liquor Cabinet Woodworking Plans

It’s been nearly a year in the making, but we are proud to announce the launch of two highly anticipated woodworking plans!

As you can see below, the cigar humidor box and tabletop liquor cabinet look great together as companion pieces, but each can also be the star of the show on its own.

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Cigar Humidor Box

Our models were built of Alder wood, but you will be able to select the wood species you prefer to work with. The cigar humidor woodworking plan details the lining of the case and lid with ¼-inch thickness Spanish Cedar wood. You’ll love that the cigar humidor box is sized to hold 75 cigars! The hygrometer component on the outside of the box will indicate the optimum humidity to help keep your cigars fresh.

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Tabletop Liquor Cabinet

We hope you’ll also enjoy the clever design of the Tabletop Liquor Cabinet, with its lockable cabinet and lazy susan turntable. Inside, you’ll be able to store 5-6 standard size liquor bottles or a few bottles with glasses and accessories – you decide!

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The Bottom Line

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.

Start yours today!

Click to view the details of the Cigar Humidor Box woodworking plan and Tabletop Liquor Cabinet woodworking plan.

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.

Product Review: Young Town Push-On Quartz Clock Movement

This Young Town push-on clock movement is one of the newest movements to Klockit’s line of quartz clock movements. It’s a precise motor that’s easy to assemble with hands and has a neat design. Read the review below to find out how this quartz clock movement works, what its most notable features are, and who should buy it.

Young Town Push On Movement

Push On – Is It That Easy?

The answer is YES! It really is that easy. Simply push on the hour and minute clock hands, and then press on the cap pin or second hand. You’ll like that there’s no tiny thru nut to thread on the movement’s shaft to hold the minute hand on.

Notable Features:

This push-on clock movement is easy to install – but that’s not the only thing you’ll enjoy! Young Town has been making clock movements on precision machinery imported from Switzerland and Germany for nearly 39 years. You’ll have peace of mind knowing you purchased a quality clock movement.

We also enjoyed the design of this movement because it allows you to see the moving gears through the movement’s back.

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Who Should Buy It?

After thoroughly testing and working with this clock movement, I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a quality quartz clock movement that’s easy to integrate with their clock project. At just $3.99, the price is right for this clock movement. Makes a great replacement for existing or outdated clock motors!

Available now at Klockit.com:
www.klockit.com/products/sku-10015.html

Interested in a movement that updates itself? Check out our atomic clock movements and Set & Forget clock movements!

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.

How To: Choose Between a Quartz and Mechanical Clock Movement

When looking over movement options for a clock design, you can choose between a quartz or a mechanical clock movement. If you’re new to clock making, you may have questions like:

How do you determine which is the best choice? Is there any advantage of one type over the other? Are there any disadvantages that would sway a decision one way or the other?

In this post, we will explore aspects of each in order to answer the question of Quartz versus Mechanical Movements.

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What It Comes Down To

The selection of a clock movement really comes down to factors of personal preference, although aspects of an existing clock case can predetermine movement selection for you (more on this at the end). Assuming that a clock case poses no restrictions for either movement type, let’s examine some of the key differences between the two in regard to personal preferences.

Price

Price point can certainly be a main factor regarding movement selection. Generally you will find quartz clock movements to be less expensive than mechanicals. Mechanical clock movements are constructed in a manner that is meant to last (to include the materials selected for movement fabrication).

In short, you do get what you pay for. Quartz movements are primarily constructed from plastic, which allows them to cost considerably less (roughly 1/3 to 1/4 of the price of a mechanical movement depending on the quartz movement features desired). If price-point dictates selection, quartz may prove to be more enticing.

Maintenance

Mechanical clock movements can be compared to a car. They require maintenance in order to work properly for years to come. Would your car last if you elected never to change the oil? No, and the same can be said of a mechanical movement. Mechanical movements must be oiled every one to three years. They must be cleaned and oiled every three to five years.

There are books that can help to guide you through doing this, or you can seek out a qualified professional (it is always good to have the movement professionally serviced every once in a while anyway). If you are not prepared to maintain a movement for years to come, a quartz movement may prove to be the better option.

Longevity

Generally a quartz clock movement will last around 10 to 15 years, although I will admit that it is not at all uncommon to see one last longer. The fact remains, however, that they will not last forever. Inversely, mechanical movements can last well beyond the time-span of the clock-maker himself (and even a generation or a few beyond him/her). There are mechanical clock movements from the late 1700’s that still work and keep accurate time today.

Mechanical clock movement longevity requires maintenance (see above), but you can count that it will outlast a few quartz clock movements in its lifetime providing it is properly serviced at the appropriate intervals. In regard to aspects of longevity, the mechanical movement is the better option. 

Sound

While sound only encompasses chiming movements, sound quality is still a personal preference that many look for. Generally, mechanical clock movements feature mechanical chime hammers which physically strike tuned chime rods of various lengths. The resulting vibrations produce certain notes depending on the length of chime rod. Furthermore, the wood case assembly (due to the structural nature of wood itself) will serve as an amplifier of sorts for those vibrations. This creates a rich, deep chime that is audible in even the largest of rooms.

On the other hand, quartz clock movements have an electronic chime recording, which is typically amplified by a built in (or remote mount) speaker. Inexpensive quartz chiming movements can sound “tinny” and electronic, but (for the most part) chime quality has improved for most quartz movements in recent years. Inversely, certain clock case designs can actually muffle the quartz movement speaker, inhibiting volume. Sound quality aside, the best volume will typically come from a mechanical style movement in a wood clock case assembly.

Precision

Many assume that works of a mechanical nature would be more precise than a quartz clock movement could ever hope to be. Others might argue that quartz is more precise. Actually, neither is necessarily true. Both movement options can prove to be equally as accurate. The main difference is that mechanical movement accuracy is adjusted by us, and therefore only as accurate as we adjust it to be.

That being said, you can always continue to “fine-tune” a mechanical. A quartz movement will always be as accurate as the oscillation rate of the quartz crystal. Understand that this is pretty accurate (less than 1/2 second loss per day if kept at a consistent temperature), however there is no real way to adjust accuracy beyond this. Slight advantage goes to the mechanical from a precision-adjustment aspect.

Intimidation

Many customers tell me that mechanical clock movements are quite intimidating. I can certainly relate, as they do look fairly complicated. But the truth is that they are not nearly as complicated as one would think. Similar to a quartz movement, there is no real sub-assembly required. You receive a factory-assembled movement ready for mounting with the provided hardware. Mechanical clock movements include accessories for ease of perfect mounting (in terms of centering the hand shaft and key-winds).

Many also feature auto-beat adjustment, which allows you to simply over-swing the pendulum so that the clock can regulate the beat on its own. Fine-tuning adjustments can take time, but are relatively easy to perform. Bottom line: While the quartz would appear to be easier to work with, do not be intimidated into purchasing a quartz movement just because the mechanical seems too “complicated”.

Movement Replacement For Existing Clock Cases

This was the topic we initially skipped at the onset of this article with the assumption that the clock assembly would present no issues. Generally this is not the case when selecting a mechanical or quartz movement replacement in an existing case. In this realm, quartz movements have the distinct advantage being that they are less restrictive in regard to case assemblies being able to accommodate them.

If you are replacing a mechanical clock movement in an existing clock case, the best replacement is usually the same make/model as the movement being removed. Purchasing a different make/model mechanical can (more than likely) require some case modifications and possible replacement of the clock face (not all key-wind hole patterns are the same).

Modern day cases should allow you to locate an exact replacement, but antique cases may house a movement, which is no longer produced. Since quartz movements only require a center hand shaft hole (which is typically a part of any existing clock case anyway, whether mechanical or quartz), they will generally require little to no case modifications and the same face can almost always be used.

So Which Is Best For Your Project?

In summary, a mechanical clock movement will typically be more expensive and require periodic maintenance, but has the longevity to last years into the future. Quartz clock movements are less expensive, however they will not last forever. Quartz movements have made some great strides to improve chime sound quality and volume, but chiming mechanicals remain the better of the two. Expect precision with either movement selection, and do not be intimidated by the appearance of a mechanical. Finally, remember that quartz will probably be the simplest option for replacing a movement in an existing case, but might also be the only option unless possible case modifications to accommodate a mechanical are considered.

Written By: Chris Akright

Chris is responsible for the kit, plan, and finishing technical support, which he has provided to Klockit customers for over 15 years. Chris also contributes new product designs, composes written and 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.

Top 5 Atomic Products for Daylight Saving Time

If you’re tired of resetting your clocks and watches for Daylight Saving Time (DST) twice a year, then turn to Atomic timekeeping! Atomic timepieces receive a radio signal twice a day from the National Institute of Time & Technology, making them accurate to 1 billionth of a second.

Check out our top 5 Atomic picks for DST this year:

(1) La Crosse Technology WT-3126B 12″ Atomic Analog Wall Clock

87111Customer Favorite! Enjoy the convenience of never having to set your clock again with this 12″ Atomic analog wall clock by La Crosse Technology. Special features of this atomic wall clock include accurate timekeeping, 4 time zone settings, a durable stainless steel case, auto-updates for DST, and simple operation.

View details: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-87111.html

(2) Quartex® Atomic Clock Movement

14352Our popular Quartex® Atomic clock movement auto-synchronizes with official U.S. time up to 5 times per day. These atomic clock movements are the most accurate clock movements on the market today. Bonus: A free pair of hour and minute hands are included with each movement!

Use in your next project: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-14352.html

(3) Men’s Atomix® Atomic Solar Watch

87177Our men’s Atomix® Atomic solar watch offers the precise timekeeping and style on a stainless steel band. The gunmetal-colored dial features large Arabic numbers and a smaller circle that shows 24-hour military time. Never reset the time on your watch again! Makes a great gift item.

See specifications:
http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-87177.html

(4) La Crosse Technology WT-5220U-IT Atomic Projection Alarm Clock

87214Never be late again with this projection alarm clock from La Crosse Technology! This alarm clock displays the time and temperature on the ceiling or wall in easy-to-read numbers. Features Atomic timekeeping that auto-updates for DST twice a year.

Best seller! View now: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-87214.html

(5) AcuRite 02008 Weather Station with Reverse Color Display

This16878 popular weather station from AcuRite features an easy-to-read, illuminated reverse color LCD display. This weather station records and displays the indoor / outdoor temperature and humidity, barometric pressure history, and a clock and calendar. Features precise timekeeping that auto sets and updates for DST twice a year. Great gift item for weather enthusiasts!

See specifications: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-16878.html

Don’t Forget!

Daylight Saving Time ends November 2, 2014. If you want to avoid the hassle of turning your clocks back one hour, turn to Atomic timekeeping!

Find the perfect atomic clock for you at Klockit.com: http://www.klockit.com/depts/AtomicProducts/dept-73.html

3 Easy DIY Halloween Projects

Looking for easy do-it-yourself Halloween projects? Then you’re in the right place! From Frankenstein to a pumpkin clock, here are three fun Halloween projects that are great for all ages.

(1) Pumpkin Clock

Build a great-looking Pumpkin Clock this Halloween with just a couple of Klockit components! First, select a pumpkin from your local farm stand or grocery store and carve out the insides. Then, install a clock movement and clock hands to the front of the pumpkin. Last but not least, carve or paint numerals on the face of your pumpkin clock.

View project:

http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-pumpkin-clock.html

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(2) Spooky Luminary Lantern

Easily create a spooky Luminary Lantern to add to your decor this Halloween season. Simply purchase and build our Luminary Lantern Kit. Insert our new Halloween panels on each side of the lantern. Last but not least, light up the spooky panels using our LED tealight and remote.

See project:

http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-spooky-luminary-lantern.html

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(3) Frankenstein Clock

Craft a scary Frankenstein Clock this Halloween with just three Klockit components! Purchase our bracket clock case and create a Frankenstein theme using green and black paint. Attach our rubber mounting ring to the white clock insert and mount into the clock case. Great weekend project!

View project details:

http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-frankenstein-clock.html

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DIY Halloween Projects

See all three of our DIY Halloween projects at Klockit.com: http://www.klockit.com/depts/halloweenprojects/dept-527.html

Top 10 Fall Clock Projects

Welcome the fall season with one of our customer-favorite clock projects! We’ve gathered the best of the best DIY clock projects to help you get ready for the fall season ahead. We’re sure you’ll add one (or two) to your fall projects list.

(1) 40th Anniversary Mantel Clock Kit

34230Our popular 40th Anniversary Mantel Clock Kit was designed to celebrate our 40th year in business! The elegant cherry wood case is topped by a Roman bronze bail pull in this mantel clock making kit. The glass front and side panels protect your choice of quad chime quartz movement or 8-day triple chime mechanical movement.

Shop now at Klockit.com, #34230: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-34230.html

(2) Mission Mantel Clock Kit

34962The Mission Mantel Clock Kit is a long-time Klockit customer favorite. It exemplifies Mission Style furniture by combining simplicity and usefulness with modern design. The case is made from North American red oak wood, and features a pendulum clock movement that plays the famous Westminster melody.

View details at Klockit.com, #34962:
http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-34962.html

(3) Weatherman Kit

34727Looking for today’s weather forecast? Turn to your Weatherman Kit! This DIY kit includes everything need to make a mini weather station that holds a Galileo thermometer, a Fitzroy barometer, and gold rectangle hygrometer and clock inserts. Great weekend project for all ages!

Shop now at Klockit.com, #34727: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-34727.html

(4) Set & Forget® Wall Clock Kit

34741The beautifully designed Set & Forget® Wall Clock Kit includes our patented set and forget technology. Simply set the time zone on the motor, put in the battery, allow the motor to go through set up procedure, and enjoy! The movement in this kit automatically adjust for DST. Paint or stain to match your décor!

See more details at Klockit.com, #34741: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-34741.html

(5) Burlington Wall Clock Kit

Burlington Wall Clock Kit

New! The Burlington Wall Clock Kit is a regulator-style clock making kit that features overlay trim and trim blocks on the hinged front door, along with a wood grid that accents the lower glass panel and pendulum. Includes a quartz chiming pendulum movement that plays the Westminster melody. Sure to look great in any room of your home!

Shop now at Klockit.com, #34675:
http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-34675.html

(6) Highlander Weather Station Woodworking Plan

49026Build a distinctive weather station with our Highlander Weather Station Woodworking Plan. This new plan will guide you to create a weather station that features three 2-3/4″ inserts and a Galileo thermometer. Machine all required wood parts out of your choice of wood!

Only $7.99 at Klockit.com, #49026: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-49026.html

(7) Jeweler’s Wall Clock Woodworking Plan

34307The Jeweler’s Wall Clock Woodworking Plan will guide you to build a case that showcases our finest cable-driven, regulator pendulum movement beneath a beveled glass door and plain glass side panels. This customer-favorite clock assembly features a movement that plays the Westminster melody.

Shop now at Klockit.com, #49601: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-CCCCB.html

(8) Swivel Cabinet Woodworking Plan

49738Our new Swivel Cabinet Woodworking Plan will guide you to create a 360-degree, revolving vertical storage piece. Build this cabinet as a fun activity center for children or as an additional storage unit in the kitchen – either way, you’ll be able to personalize the side insert panels with your choice of material!

Start yours today! Shop now at Klockit.com, 49738:
http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-49738.html

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(9) Arts & Crafts Mantel Clock Woodworking Plan

49002This Klockit customer favorite woodworking plan was inspired by the Arts & Crafts style. The plan will guide you to build an elegant clock case that frames a simple clock face. Catch a glimpse of the pendulum bob as it peeks out from the front rail.

Only $7.99 at Klockit.com, #49002: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-49002.html

(10) Mora Clock Woodworking Plan

49167Last but not least, the notable Mora Clock. To date, this is the most ambitious woodworking plan Klockit has ever offered! The Mora Clock woodworking plan was influenced by the Swedish Mora Clock style from the 18th century. This shapely clock features a locking waist pendulum door and a top hinged dial door.

Our long time customer and master woodworker, Richard Didier, magnificently designed, built, and helped us turn this grandfather clock into a woodworking plan.

View details at Klockit.com, #49167: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-49167.html

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