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.

Popular Outdoor Lighting Products Under $30

Warm summer days are here, and now is the time to light up your favorite outdoor space(s)! Klockit has many quality lighting products for under $30. See our favorites below!

(1) San Rafael II Solar Mission Lantern

82811 (1)Customer Favorite! This elegant solar mission-style lantern is made from all weather poly and features a seeded glass effect. Place on a flat surface or hang it using the integrated hanging loop. We love that this solar lantern involves no wiring – simply install and enjoy!

See details: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-82811.html

(2) Welcome Bear Solar Light

82813Send a warm welcome to guests with this Welcome Bear Solar Light. It’s the perfect decorative accent light for your garden, deck, or patio! Automatically comes on at dusk and turns off at dawn; also features a convenient on/off switch. Provides up to 8 hours of light!

See details: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-82813.html

(3) Solar LED String Lights

Untitled-1Add the perfect touch of lighting to shrubs, patio umbrellas, or doorways with your choice of these solar string lights: crystal balls, stars, dragonflies, and butterflies. These decorative sets of string lights feature clear or multicolor LED lights that will light up your favorite outdoor space for up to 6 hours!


Crystal Balls: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-58015.html

Stars: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-58014.html

Dragonflies: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-82816.html

Butterflies: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-82815.html

(4) Pink Flamingo Solar Light

82814Finally, we’ve mentioned before that we have some HUGE pink flamingo fans here at Klockit HQ, but we think you’ll enjoy this light too. It adds the perfect glowing touch to gardens and walkways. No need to switch on at night – the white LED light automatically turns on at dusk!

See details: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-82814.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.

Top 5: Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

How do you plan to express your gratitude to the special women in your life this Mother’s Day? If you’re looking for gift ideas, you’ve come to the right place! We’re here to help you find the perfect Mother’s Day gift(s) this year. Check out our top 5 Mother’s Day gift ideas below:

1) San Rafael Estate Solar Mission Lantern

81038Our first top pick for Mom is the elegant San Rafael Estate Solar Mission Lantern. She’ll love that this lantern involves no wiring – simply unpack and enjoy! The 3 LED lights automatically turn on at dusk to create the perfect ambient atmosphere in her favorite outdoor space. 

Shop this customer-favorite: #81038 – Klockit.com

2) White Suction Cup Thermometer

16079The second gift item we recommend for Mom is AcuRite’s white suction cup thermometer. This thermometer is another customer-favorite because it is so easy to use! Simply unpack and stick to a window to being receiving accurate, reliable temperature readings.

She’ll love the product, and you’ll love the price!

Only $7.99 at Klockit.com: #16079

3) Women’s Atomix® Atomic Talking Watch

87228This women’s watch is always a best-seller during the holiday season! If Mom doesn’t already own this popular watch, she’ll enjoy receiving it as a gift this Mother’s Day. This watch will match any of her outfits with its smooth black leather band and crisp white clock face.

Not only does this watch speak the time and alarm, but it also auto-updates for DST. She’ll appreciate not having to set or update her watch for the time changes twice a year.

More details and video preview available:  #87228 – Klockit.com

4) Carnegie Music Box Kit

34674Our new Carnegie Music Box Kit will guide you to create a truly memorable keepsake for her this Mother’s Day. She’ll love that this handcrafted music box also doubles as a jewelry box! There’s room inside to hang up to 10 rings and 4 watches on the included pegs. This music box kit can be completed as a weekend project.

Start yours today! #34674 – Klockit.com

5) Luminary Lantern Kit 

luminaryThe next product we recommend as a gift for Mom this Mother’s Day is the Luminary Lantern Kit. Purchase and build the lantern as a finished gift, or purchase as a DIY project for her to complete. Either way, this lantern is sure to impress her!

We recommend pairing our new Garden Panel Pack with the lantern. Looks great in any room!

Shop Now: #99119 and #34628 – Klockit.com

BONUS Gift Idea

82814-1Since we have so many pink flamingo fans here at Klockit HQ, we thought it would be appropriate to recommend one more item for Mom’s special day.

From experience, we know this pink flamingo solar accent light would look great near a walkway or in the garden! The flamingo’s body auto-illuminates at dusk and vibrantly glows until dawn. She’ll love that she can just unpack this item and stake into the ground – no wiring involved!

This staff pick is sure to please! #82814 – Klockit.com

Sneak Peek: Swivel Cabinet Woodworking Plan

Back in October, I was just starting to design a 360-degree, revolving vertical tower cabinet. When I first approached the design of this product, I was skeptical and not very enthused about the project. But as I got more involved in the design aspect, I became quite intrigued about the overall uniqueness and functionality of the cabinet.

After working on the prototype cabinet in most of December and January, between what seemed to be almost non-stop snow removal from my driveway and roof, the final piece is now complete!

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I am so anxious for the introduction of this new woodworking plan because, more than ever, I think many of my fellow woodworkers are going to want to build one or more of the cabinets.

Just as a result of family members seeing the cabinet in my workshop, I have already received requests for two cabinets. One cabinet is to begin in a small child’s bedroom while the other cabinet is going to be put in a kitchen/dining area.

The child’s room cabinet is going to feature cabinet insert panels with dry erase white marker boards and chalkboards as fun activity centers. The other cabinet insert panels are going to feature laminated posters of children’s storybook and cartoon characters. Storage areas in the cabinets will be for toys and books, primarily. There has already been considerable discussion about how they will change the cabinet insert panel décor so the cabinet will stay reflect the child’s interest and needs clear through college.

The kitchen/dining room cabinet is going to be finished to be a combination message center with dry erase white boards, magnetic chalk boards, cork boards, plus storage space for cookbooks, spices and liqueur cabinet.

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Versatile and Affordable? YES!

Although I am most excited about the versatility of the swivel cabinet, I am also very pleased to report that building the cabinet is very affordable and quite easy to build with only modest array of woodworking tools and machinery. I built the prototype for Klockit from pine (dimensional) lumber and birch panel stock, all purchased at our local lumber store. All machining was done using only my table saw, small table router, drill press, and assorted hand tools.

Plan Availability

This new woodworking plan will be available on Klockit.com in mid-March. Search this category for product availability:

http://www.klockit.com/depts/WoodworkingPlans/dept-481.html.

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.

History of the Tavern Clock

Would you pay additional taxes to keep a clock in your home?

Back in July 1797, the English Parliament passed an Act that declared five shilling tax on clocks to help fund the war efforts. Many clock owners were forced to get rid of their clocks or hide them so they didn’t have to pay the additional five shilling tax.

However, tavern owners didn’t get rid of their clocks because they saw it as a way to gain some foot traffic. People knew the tavern owners kept their clocks and would stop in to see the current time – and maybe even stay to have a drink and meal.

The tavern clock or “Act of Parliament Clock” had a large dial so it was easy to spot and tell the time without a bezel or glass panel. Many were painted black, hung on a wall, and were weight driven.

After 9 months in April 1798, the Act that declared tax on clocks was repealed because it failed to collect considerable revenue and also resulted in a decline in trade.

Tavern clocks continue to hang on the walls of pubs, taverns and inns to this day.

34254Our new Tavern Wall Clock Case is sure to add a piece of history to your home. Similar to a kit, the Tavern Clock Case arrives unfinished, fully assembled, and ready for your choice of paint or stain.

It includes a custom antiqued dial with faux keywind holes and a quartz trigger clock movement that chimes Westminster on the hour and strikes the hours. The bottom door opens for storage.

Paint yours black like the tavern owners, or stain to match the décor in your home. Whatever you choose, it’s sure to become a quick conversational piece.

View our new Tavern Clock Case at Klockit.com.

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.

4 New Products For Your Winter Project List

Start the New Year off right by adding one of these new products to your winter project list! We’ve picked the 4 best-selling new kits and woodworking plans for you to choose from. Best of luck!

William Arch Clock Case

34033We’ll kick off the list with an easy project. Transform this unfinished, fully assembled clock case into a beautiful mantel or desk piece. Simply finish with paint or stain, and then add your choice of fit-up with a 2-3/8″ mounting diameter. Your finished piece is sure to add the perfect touch of elegance to your home or office!

Item number 34033view online now.

Prairie Series Occasional Table Woodworking Plan

49898This new Prairie Series woodworking plan will guide you to build an occasional table that features a top storage drawer and adjustable shelves. The finished version is the perfect companion to the other pieces in the Prairie Series.

Item number 49898view online now.

Wood Numeral Set

34538Create a unique and personalized wall with our new Wood Numeral Set. The kit arrives unfinished and ready for your choice of paint or stain. Add a decorative touch to the wood numerals by cutting beveled or rounded edges. The numerals include a keyhole hanger on the back for easy mounting.

Purchase a high torque clock movement, wooden clock hub, and extra long clock hands to complete the look for a custom wall clock!

Item number 34538view online now.

Sterling Wall Clock Kit

34763This new kit was named after the silver-tone metal dial it uses. The clock face is adorned with flat, fluted columns and beveled, rectangular end caps. The kit includes all pre-cut, machined and factory sanded cherry wood parts required for assembly. Complete this one in one weekend!

Item number 34763view online now.

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5 Unique Holiday Gifts Under $10

Looking for unique stocking stuffers or holiday gifts? Klockit has the perfect items for less than $10!

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1. Admiral Fitzroy Storm Glass

1Our best-selling Admiral Fitzroy Storm Glass is perfect for any weather enthusiast or history buff.  Used by sailors in the 1700’s, this storm glass can be used to predict changes in weather. It is believed that the electromagnetic changes in weather patterns activate the crystals inside the glass.

Buy it here! #32000 at Klockit.com

2. 3D Alarm Clock Wooden Puzzle

2Crafters and kids 6+ will love this wooden puzzle!  Assemble the pre-cut wooden pieces, touch up the edges with sandpaper, and it’s ready to stain or paint. Comes with the clock movement and hands.

Buy it here! #34133 at Klockit.com

3. Vintage Bracelet Watch

3The ladies on your shopping list will love this vintage bracelet watch. This new customer favorite has an orange braided leather band, ornamental bezel, and butterfly charm. The snap closure is adjustable to fit up to two sizes.

Buy it here! #83249 at Klockit.com

4. Jumbo Easy-Read Digital Timer

4The cook on the list will love this easy-to-read digital timer.  It sticks to the fridge, has a clip for an apron, or will stand upright on the counter.  Counts up and down, includes a stopwatch feature, and has a loud alarm. The memory feature stores and recalls the last recorded value.

Buy it here! #16883 at Klockit.com

5. Spinning Gypsy Fortune Teller

5Need a gift for the person who has everything? The Spinning Gypsy Fortune Teller is the perfect unique gift!  The heavy-weight metal decision maker spins freely by twisting the large ball, and when it stops, you’ll have one of 9 answers: No Way, Possibly, Not Sure, Yes, Go Fish, Ask Later, No, Definitely and Spin Again.

Buy it here! #42018 at Klockit.com

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.

New Product: Rotating Storage Cabinet Woodworking Plan

Not fired up to complete some of the projects on your To-Do list?

Over the years, there have been times where I was not enthusiastic about a proposed product design – at least not initially.

The woodworking plan project I am currently working on is one of those instances. I actually moved this plan project down on my To-Do list a couple of times, moving other design projects ahead of it.

All that has changed, however, as I have worked on what I am starting to see as maybe the most unique and versatile piece of furniture I have had the privilege to develop.

Without giving too much away, I can only sincerely advise our amazing Klockit woodworking customers to seriously consider purchasing and building this plan piece when it is released in early 2014.

New Woodworking Plan Preview

Imagine: A three module, multifunctional, 360 degree rotating storage cabinet that stands just a few inches under 6 feet tall. This rotating storage cabinet will occupy less than 20” of floor space, but can be easily customized according to what the intended usage is and where in the home it is to be located.

The plan builder will have a variety of design options for how each side of the module is to be finished. Whether it’s a storage / activity unit in a child’s room, a storage-message-display piece in an entry way, or a space saver cabinet in a college dorm room, this piece is a great addition to any room.

All in all, I’m really excited about all potential variations and uses that this cabinet will allow. I can’t wait to complete all of the design drawings so I can build the model and unveil it! My best estimate is that the model will be done by mid to late January of 2014.

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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.