How To: Increase Output in Your Woodworking Shop

Looking to increase output in your woodworking shop the smart way? Mr. Randy Sharp from Sawdust Inn recently conducted an analysis of a woodworking project to compare how much time was spent setting up machines to make cuts verses the time spent making the cuts. The results? Very surprising! See them here. Continue reading

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Official Rules: Fall 2015 Klockit Clock Contest

Klockit’s Clock Contest
Fall 2015

OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW OR REGULATION. This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

This promotion is open to legal U.S. residents including residents of Puerto Rico (excluding U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, other United States territories and Hawaii) and legal residents of Canada (excluding the Province of Quebec). You understand that you are providing your information to Primex, Inc. and not to Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

1. CONTEST DESCRIPTION:

The Klockit’s Fall 2015 Clock Contest (the “Contest”) entry period begins on Monday, August 31, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Central Standard Time (“CDT”) and ends on October 31, 2015 at 11:59:59 p.m. CDT (the “Entry Period”). Entry in the Contest does not constitute entry into any other promotion, contest or sweepstakes. The Contest will award four (4) winners one (1) $100 Klockit gift certificate for each category. Winners will be judged based on their photo and story submission in three (3) categories: Best Use of Parts, Gift of Time, and Most Creative Clock. The Contest will be judged by the staff at Klockit. By participating in the Contest, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Primex, Inc., N3211 Country Road H, Lake Geneva, WI 53147 (the “Sponsor” and “Judges”), whose decisions shall be final and legally binding in all respects.

2. ELIGIBILITY:

This promotion is open to legal U.S. residents, including residents of Puerto Rico (excluding U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, other United States territories) and legal residents of Canada, at the time of entry. Employees, officers, and directors of Sponsor, Administrator, Judges, promotion prize suppliers, and each of their affiliated companies, subsidiaries, licensees, distributors, dealers, sales representatives, retailers, printers, individuals engaged in the development, production or distribution of materials, their advertising and promotion agencies, and any and all other companies associated with the promotion agents (collectively, the “Promotion Entities”), and each of their immediate family members (as defined by the IRS) and/or people living in the same household are not eligible to participate. All eligibility is subject to all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. All entries submitted are the property of the Sponsor.

3. HOW TO ENTER:

In order to participate you must:

  1. Create a clock using at least one Klockit product
  2. Submit your clock for entry via Facebook, Twitter, or email (contest@klockit.com)

NOTE: Your entry must include which category you are submitting to (see below), at least one (1) photo, and the story behind your clock project. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. CDT on October 31, 2015.

There are four (4) categories you may submit your entry into: Master Clock Maker, Gift of Time, Most Creative Clock, and Junior Clock Maker.

4. LIMIT:

Multiple entries per person allowed over the Contest Entry Period; may enter in multiple categories, but will not be declared winner in more than one (1) category. No entry may be obscene, pornographic, violent, offensive in any manner, or in any other way not suitable to be published. If an entry falls into this category their corresponding entry will become void.

Entries that do not meet the post specifications, or description specifications, or otherwise do not comply with the Official Rules herein may be disqualified. Any attempted form of entry other than as described herein is void. Sponsor will determine in its sole discretion, what constitutes a valid entry. All materials and boards submitted become the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned or acknowledged.

Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or modify the Contest if it determines that for any reason the Contest cannot be run as originally planned or if fraud or technical failures destroy the integrity of the Contest as determined by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, and to award the prize based on eligible entries received prior to the cancellation.

Entry Notes: Entries made on another’s behalf by any other individuals or any other entity, including but not limited to commercial contest/sweepstakes subscription notification and/or entering services, will be declared invalid and disqualified for this Contest. Tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest is prohibited and any entries deemed by Sponsor, in its sole discretion, to have been submitted in this manner will be void. In the event a dispute regarding the identity of the individual who actually submitted an entry cannot be resolved to Sponsor’s satisfaction, the affected entry will be deemed ineligible. By entering, all participants and/or entrants release the Sponsor and Judges from and against all claims, expenses and damages arising in connection with each entrant’s participation and/or entry in the Contest and/or his/her receipt or use of the prize awarded in this Contest. By entering the Contest, entrants confirm that posts submitted from other sources do not violate the intellectual property rights of third parties. Entries found to be violating the intellectual property rights of third parties may be disqualified at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.

Sponsor is not responsible for problems downloading or uploading of any Contest-related information or any other technical malfunctions of electronic equipment, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer hardware or software failures, phone lines, failure of any electronic mail entry to be received by Sponsor.

5. PRIZES:

Only the prizes listed below will be awarded in this Contest. Odds of winning a prize depend on the total number of eligible entries received.

$100 Klockit gift certificate for the Best-of-Show clocks in each of the four categories.

All other incidental expenses not mentioned herein are the responsibility of the Winner. All taxes on prizes are the Winner’s sole responsibility. Prizes are not transferable or redeemable for cash. Sponsor reserves the right to make equivalent substitutions as necessary, due to circumstances not under its control.

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Conduct of the Contest is under the supervision of the Sponsor. Potential prizewinners will be notified by email using the contact information provided at the time of entry. Sponsor shall have no liability for any potential prizewinner notification that is lost, intercepted or not received by any potential prizewinner for any reason. If, despite reasonable efforts, any potential prizewinner does not respond within (72) hours of the first notification attempt, or if the prize notification or prize is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to such potential prizewinner, such potential prizewinner will forfeit his or her prize and an alternate winner may be selected. If any potential prizewinner is found to be ineligible, or if he or she has not complied with these Official Rules or declines a prize for any reason prior to award, such potential prizewinner will be disqualified and an alternate prizewinner may be selected.

6. PUBLICITY RELEASE:

Acceptance of any prize constitutes prizewinner’s permission to use prizewinner’s entry materials, photograph, name, likeness, voice, biographical information (and those of any other individual appearing in the photo), statements and complete address (collectively, the “Attributes”), for advertising and/or publicity purposes worldwide and in all forms of media now known or hereafter devised, in perpetuity, without further compensation or authorization, (except where prohibited by law), and releases the Promotion Entities from all claims arising out of the use of such Attributes.

7. LICENSE:

Prizewinners grant the Sponsor and their agents a non-exclusive, irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free license to record, copy, publish, use, edit, exhibit, distribute, perform, merchandise, license, sublicense, adapt and/or modify all materials submitted in connection with the entry in any way, in any and all media, without limitation and without any compensation to the entrant. Prizewinners assign all intellectual property rights, including copyright, and waive all moral rights, in and to the entry, in favor of the Sponsor.

8. DISQUALIFICATION:

Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who is found to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest, to be acting in violation of these Official Rules.

9. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY:

Sponsor, Judges, Pinterest and the Promotion Entities are not responsible for, and entrant hereby releases Sponsor, Judges, Pinterest, and the Promotion Entities from any claims arising from: (i) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunctioning of any computer, cable, network, hardware or software; (ii) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions or telephone or Internet service; (iii) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; (iv) electronic or human error which may occur in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries; (v) any injury or damage to persons or property, including but not limited to entrant’s computer, hardware or software, which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Contest and (vi) use of any prize.

10. DISPUTES:

Except where prohibited, entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Promotion, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (3) unless otherwise prohibited, under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.

11. WINNERS LIST:

To obtain the name of the winners, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Klockit, c/o Marketing Department, N3211 County Rd. H, Lake Geneva, WI 53147. All such requests must be received by December 1, 2015.

Fall 2015 Klockit Clock Contest

Klockit Clock Contest

Who’s ready for another clock contest? The time is now! Submit your latest clock project(s) in our Fall Clock Contest for a chance to win one of four $100 Klockit gift certificates.

Thank you to those who submitted feedback from previous clock contests. Your feedback helped us create a better clock contest experience for everyone. We hope you’ll enjoy our Fall Clock Contest!

How to Enter:

Our Fall 2015 clock contest is open to everyone. Please follow these steps to enter the clock contest:

(1) Create a clock using at least one Klockit product

(2) Submit your clock for entry via:

  • Facebook (personal message / post to our page)
  • Twitter (direct message / mention us in a tweet), or
  • Email (contest@klockit.com)

NOTE: Your entry must include which category you are submitting in to, at least one photo of your clock, and the story behind your project. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. CDT on October 31, 2015.

Read the Official Rules.

Judging:

Your clock contest submission(s) may fall into one of the four categories shown below. Please feel free to submit multiple entries into one category, or the same entry into multiple categories:

(1) Master Clock Maker: For expert clock makers. Judged on picture(s) provided and story behind the clock build.

(2) Gift of Time: Judged on picture(s) provided and story of satisfaction and joy of giving the clock as gift.

(3) Most Creative Clock: Judged on picture(s) provided and story of what makes the clock creative.

(4) Junior Clock Maker: For clock makers 17 years old and younger. Judged on picture(s) provided and story behind the clock build.

Four (4) Best-of-Show winners will be chosen; one from each category mentioned above. The winners will receive one (1) $100 Klockit gift certificate. Entries will be judged based on a scale of 1 to 5. A panel of judges made up of Klockit staff will rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.

Winners:

Winners will be announced and contacted the third week in November. When the winners are decided, they will be announced here on the Klockit blog, and on the Klockit Facebook and Twitter pages.

Questions?

Post your question on this blog post below or on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Or email contest@klockit.com.

A Clockwork Strontium: The Future of Timekeeping

In early 2014, a new atomic clock was unveiled at JILA, a joint institute of the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). This strontium atomic device, which set new world records for both stability and precision, has been heralded as a breakthrough in the science of timekeeping.

Atomic clocks keep time based on the frequencies of atoms. Their performance is measured by two primary metrics. The first is stability, or the variation of its speed. The second is precision, which is how closely the clock reaches the frequency at which its atoms oscillate between two energy levels.

First Atomic ClockThe first atomic clock was invented in 1949 at NIST (then known as the National Bureau of Standards) and, because of its accuracy compared to other timekeeping technologies, a new field of research evolved. Photo Credit: NIST.

According to NIST representatives, this clock is so precise that it can keep perfect time for 5 billion years. A small interior chamber contains strontium atoms suspended in a crisscross of laser beams.

When researchers ping them, they vibrate at lightning-quick frequency, turning the clock into a type of atomic metronome ticking out the seconds in tiny fractions.

Record Holder

It is the first clock to hold world records for both stability and precision since cesium fountain atomic clocks became available in the 1990s, and is around 50 percent more accurate than the previous record holder, which is NIST’s quantum clock. Because of its high performance level, it presently serves as the time and frequency standard for the United States.

Thomas O’Brian, who heads NIST’s Time and Frequency Division, said that the clock’s unprecedented ability will “not only lead to better use of things like GPS, but probably open up entirely new applications that I’m not even smart enough to think of yet.”

Technology That Underscores the Atomic Clock

Perfect timekeeping is essential for maintaining a lot of modern tools and conveniences, such as GPS, global telecommunications, and electrical grids. The technology that underscores the strontium atomic clock is so sensitive to gravity, magnetic fields, force, motion, electrical fields, temperature, and other phenomena that it could potentially be used to map the earth’s interior, or help locate underground water springs and other subterranean resources. If a network of these clocks were positioned in space, they could conceivably detect the gravitational waves generated by exploding stars and black holes.

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JILA/NIST Fellow Jun Ye and the strontium lattice clock. credit: J. Burrus/NIST

The Next Time Standard?

National Institute of Standards and Technology scientists continue to develop next-generation atomic clocks using different atoms as a base: mercury, ytterbium, aluminum, and calcium. Although still in the experimental stage, these clocks have been showing rapid progress in their timekeeping ability, and each atom type has its own distinct advantages. At the very least, they may enable new technologies, and one might become the next time standard.

Love is in the air, dust is in the shop!

February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, usually with candy, flowers and gifts for loved ones on the 14th. We’re quickly approaching that special day, so we ask, “Have you started on that special project for your Valentine?”

Good for you if your answer was yes. If not, don’t worry! You still have time to start on a project that will be transformed into a meaningful gift for that special someone. And by project, we don’t mean going to the store in search of the finest chocolate or prettiest flowers. By project, we mean a semi-handmade item that will light up your Valentine’s world. Literally.

Without further ado, we’d like you to meet one of our favorites: the Luminary Lantern Kit. If you asked us to describe the kit in 3 words, we’d tell you – easy to assemble. There are a few wood parts and assembly steps required, but for the most part, it’s a simple DIY project that can be completed in a few hours or in a few evenings.

Luminary Lantern Kit

This kit is designed for use with a color-changing LED tealight, which makes it easy to match your home décor or mood. It has 12 available color options, all controlled through a remote that works up to 10 feet away. Additionally, the kit was designed for use with 4 vellum panels. This kit comes standard with translucent plain panels, but you can spice it up by ordering one of the four decorator panel packs here.

Once built, the panels on the kit are easy to change. Just lift off the top of the lantern, and slide in the panels of your choice.  The seasons, sports, travel and advertising panel packs will soon be accompanied by new choices – vintage car, young children, hunting and nature panel packs are in the works are we speak!

Special Promo Code:

Here’s a 10% off promo code, good now through February 10, 2013: 5B521. Shop now at http://www.klockit.com!

Product Preview

Watch this short video to see the color-changing effects of the LED tealight:

Written By: Rachel Hicks

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

What is a Clock Kit?

As a customer support technician for Klockit, one of the most common questions I receive from new customers is what a clock kit actually is, and what does it include.  To begin, clock kits are a wonderful way for those without access to woodworking equipment to be able to partake in the enjoyment of woodworking as a hobby.  A clock kit is a set of wood parts that are pre-cut, pre-profiled, factory sanded, and ready to be assembled right out of the box.

Each clock kit will come with all the necessary hardware, fasteners, and components needed to complete final assembly.  Hardware can include items such as hinges, magnetic catches, glass retainer strip, and decorative accent hardware.  Fasteners could include anything from wood screws to small brads and escutcheon pins.  Components can include quartz clock motors, mechanical movements, music box movements, and any additional supporting hardware required to complete your clock project.   Each clock kit will also be packaged with pilot drill bits (if required for assembly), wood glue, some starter sheets of sandpaper (course, medium, and fine grit), and step-by-step assembly instructions with supporting assembly illustrations.

Like any hobby, clock kit building will require an initial (minimal) investment for some items from your local hardware store.  Standard assembly tools such as a drill, hammer, screwdriver, tape ruler, square, clamping, and pliers could be required for any given clock kit.  Protective finishes, such as varnish or polyurethane and applicators will also be a necessary purchase (note that the additional purchase of stain is always optional).  Finally, some additional medium and fine grit sandpaper is always good to have at hand as well as any “super-fine” grit sandpaper you will use during the finishing process.

In summary, the clock kit is a unique and inclusive way to enter the realm of woodworking and create an heirloom quality assembly that can be treasured and enjoyed for many years to come.  Kits do not require the purchase of large wood shop machinery and do not require much in the way of actual woodworking skills when assembling.  The best part?  No one ever needs to know the fact that there was no cutting or shaping of any of the wood parts involved in building the resulting assembly…  That will be our little secret!

Klockit is On Pinterest!

Have you heard about the new social media site, Pinterest? Are you as obsessed with pinning as we are?

As always, we’re looking for new ways to interact with you and we’re excited Pinterest gives us a fresh way to inspire you with new projects and products from Klockit. As a work in progress, our Pinterest page is a guide of different project filled boards of inspiration. We’re showcasing our products and giving you ideas of different ways to use them such as using our clock hands to make them into jewelry and fun DIY wall clocks using our clock hub. We have a great Father’s Day idea using neck ties and our round circle hub! By following us, you’ll be the first to see some of our new products before anyone else. You’ll also find different furniture projects and other unique ideas found around the web. And because we’re a clock company, we like to keep you entertained with a board of all different kinds of Cuckoo clocks and random, unique clocks from all over the world. As we’re laying out our new Pinterest page, a benefit of being a follower of Klockit, we’re coming up with new contests and programs for just our followers to interact in; look for announcements in the future. We’re also excited to get to know you better by following your Pinterest page as well. We look forward to learning what new projects you’re working on.

If you’re not already a member of Pinterest, you can go to www.pinterest.com and sign up for an account. Pinterest is by invite only, so if you apply for the waiting list directly from the site, you may be waiting a couple of days. We suggest if you are on Facebook or know a friend already on Pinterest, ask them to send you an invite so you can get to pinning right away. (Trust us, once you’re on, it’s addicting). Once you’re in, follow us today and be inspired with Klockit!