Columbia Grandfather Clock Build by Randy Sharp, Sawdust Inn

In Randy Sharp’s 12 years of hobby woodworking at the Sawdust Inn, there have only been two dream projects on his bucket list: a full-sized roll top desk and an heirloom grandfather clock.

Randy recently finished up the roll top desk and it turned out great!

Roll Top Desk by Randy Sharp

He’s now moving onto a grandfather clock build, specifically the Columbia grandfather clock from our popular Cooper Collection of woodworking plans. Randy believes one of the most elegant pieces of furniture to occupy a home is the grandfather clock. And we agree! We’re excited to follow him through the process of handcrafting more than 80 pieces out of hand-selected cherry wood.

Columbia Grandfather Clock build by Randy Sharp

Randy is going to create a series of blog posts and short how-to videos on the grandfather clock build. We invite you to follow along and get an inside look at the detailed craftsmanship required to finish this advanced clock project.

Stay tuned for the first major step in the build – constructing the main frame of the grandfather clock, which requires a first-time woodworking technique for Randy!

Click here to see more on the blog at Sawdustinn.com!

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Customer Spotlight: Rolltop Desk Build – Randy Sharp

From tree to furniture, we love hearing about these types of woodworking projects! Randy Sharp from the Sawdust Inn recently shared a project he was working on…a massive rolltop desk build.

The tree from which this rolltop desk was built was originally cut in April 2013. Randy cut the lumber and stored it in his shop for months with no real plans to use it anytime soon. But then on February 20, he took the first step in building his dream project by cutting the first board for the rolltop desk build.

This was Randy’s first project from quarter-sawn white oak and the first time using a fuming technique to color the wood. He said it was a very educational and enjoyable process.

Randy Sharp - Rolltop Desk Build
From lumber to a finished product in just under 5 months!

Read about Randy’s project from the beginning on the Sawdust Inn Blog. A huge shoutout to Randy for sharing his impressive project with us. Thank you for sharing!

 

Is Time a Human Construct?

When we ask “What time is it?” we’re not trying to pose a deep question. There is a universal assumption that a correct time exists, even though we might not know what it is at the moment. Most of us also believe that time is both unchangeable and uniform. An hour is an hour, whether you live in the United States or the United Kingdom.

It’s not true, however. Time is, and always has been, a human construct shaped by social interactions and customs.

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Clocking Out

Life regulated by a clock is a foreign concept in certain countries. For example, in Burundi, meetings and obligations are scheduled according to certain events. If a person wants to arrange a morning appointment, they might specify “when the cows are out for grazing.”

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The language of the Hopi tribe in northeastern Arizona has no past, present, or future; for them, time is not a series of distinct instances. Similarly, nomadic tribes in Afghanistan and Iran use the seasons to measure time, making it a cyclical event.

Allen Bluedorn, a University of Missouri management scholar, wrote, “What any group of people think about time ends up being a result of them interacting with each other and socialization processes.” In other words, time is a manifestation of social mores, just like fashion and technology.

When Time Began?

The U.S. national time standard didn’t come into effect until 1883, when the railroads adopted it to maintain shared timetables. Rather than a formal acceptance of an existing element, the adoption of national time struck Americans as revolutionary. The Washington Post likened it to the reformation of the calendar by Julius Caesar and later Pope Gregory XIII.

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Prior to that event, cities and even smaller communities tended to observe their own local time. Many of them were firmly against the change, with the Boston Evening Transcript protesting, “Let us keep our own noon.” One Cincinnati newspaper editor huffing, “Let the people of Cincinnati stick to the truth as it is written by the sun, moon and stars.”1

The paper was reminding its readers—and the railroads—that seconds, minutes, and hours were not a natural phenomenon. Certain units of time, like days, months, and years were in sync with natural events, such as the earth’s movements. Anything else was too arbitrary and, in the case of the U.S. national time standard, too open to manipulation to be real.

Time as a Cultural Phenomenon

Even in societies that do live by the clock, not everyone shares the same concept of time. Americans are ultra-sensitive to timing, with their days consisting of one precisely scheduled event after another. Failure to be punctual is a sign of personal and professional weakness. For other cultures, notions of being early, late, or on time are not as rigid. In Brazil, people who are consistently late are regarded as being more successful than those who are always on time.

The presence of these subjective views and the historic resistance to the standardization of time indicates that time itself is not an independent and natural concept. It has been defined and developed to meet the needs and expectation of any given society. There are suggestions that the current era of globalization is bringing nations more closely together and may one day result in a global time standard, but it’s not likely. At least not without a lot more controversy than the U.S. railroad barons encountered in 1883.

1 Levine, Robert. A Geography of Time: The Temporal Misadventures of a Social Psychologist, or How Every Culture Keeps Time Just a Little Bit Differently. New York: BasicBooks, 1997. p.73

When Time Began: A History of Timekeeping

Chronometry, has become a centuries-old race to develop better and more accurate ways of answering the question, What time is it? Continue reading

Product Review: Smart Solar 83006-3 Fiesta Hanging Glass Bottles

Looking to add a pop of color to your favorite living space? These embossed glass bottles from Smart Solar are sure to add cheer to any outside or inside setting! Read the product review below to learn more about this set, how the hanging bottles operate, and where to buy the them!

Smart Solar 83006-3 Fiesta Hanging Glass Bottles Product Review

At First Glance

Yellow, Turquoise and Fuchsia – we love these colors! The set of three comes with one color of each, which are equipped with bright LED lights to show off the colors at night too. The glass bottles are 11 inches high and embossed with a beautiful flower design.

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Easy Operation

Once your set arrives, simply unbox and insert the AAA batteries. Whether placing on a table or hanging from a tree, there are many options when it comes to displaying this set! The hook on each bottle is large enough to hang from a tree branch or inside a gazebo.

Our favorite feature is the timer option – just set the timer to the time you want the lights to turn on, and they will automatically turn on for six hours at that exact time each day. After six hours, the bottles will then automatically turn themselves off. So convenient! Especially when placing the bottles in a high place because you won’t have to worry about turning them on/off every day.

Where To Buy

Interested? Click the link below to purchase or see more details:
http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-82661.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.

4 DIY Clock Ideas For Father’s Day

There’s still time to make a unique clock for your Dad this Father’s Day. Not a clock making expert? No problem! Here are 4 easy do-it-yourself clock ideas he’s sure to enjoy more than a tie!

(1) Beer Cap Clock

Make Dad a clock that’ll remind him it’s always a good time for a good beer. Pair 12 beer bottle caps with your choice of clock face, and then install a simple quartz clock movement and hands.

Beer Cap Clock
Photo courtesy of Coolmaterial.com

(2) Vinyl Record Clock

Part timepiece, part wall art! Pick up Dad’s favorite album from a resale store and incorporate numerals, clock hands, a quartz clock movement to easily create a unique gift! Here’s an idea from Etsy seller, Records and Stuff:

Vinyl Record Clock
Photo courtesy of Etsy seller, Records and Stuff

(3) Pool Rack Clock

Does your Dad like to shoot pool? This pool rack clock is sure to be the perfect addition to his Man Cave! Easily create this design using a pool rack, green felt, pool balls, quartz clock movement, and clock hands. He’ll love that the numbers are easy to read from a distance.

Pool Rack Clock
Photo courtesy of Trademark Gameroom

(4) Fishing Lure Clock

Perfect for Dads who would rather be fishing, this simple wall clock using fishing lures in lieu of numerals. Use any material for the clock face, glue on 12 fishing lures, and then install the clock movement and hands. Would also look great with fishing flys!

Fishing Lure Clock
Photo courtesy of thewirelesscatalog.com

Your Turn!

What’s the best thing you’ve made as a gift for someone else? Tell us your story in the Comments section below for a chance to win a $25 Klockit gift certificate!

Making Time: The Great Escapement

The great escapement ensures clock functions are carried out correctly, follow this mechanism though history and learn about its uses today. Continue reading

Product Review: 12-piece Forstner Bit Set

We proudly introduced a new 12-piece forstner bit set early last month. Thank you to all who provided feedback on our previous set of forstner bits! We took that information and made sure we were providing customers with a quality product with this new forstner bit set.

Read the product review below to learn more about the efficient design, and tips and tricks for use.

Hex Head Shank and Saw-tooth Design

Instead of the conventional round shank, these forstner bit shanks are hexagon shaped. This design makes it easier to tighten the chuck in order to prevent slippage as the bit bores into wood.

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The forstner bits in this set also feature durable saw-tooth cutting edges. This type of design allows users to easily dispel the wood chips and apply less downward pressure on the bits, which also results in less overheating and dulling of the cutting edge.

saw-tooth-endEach forstner bit is made from durable T10 steel, ensuring a longer life and cleaner drill use after use. Includes a wooden storage case with the size of the forstner bits listed on the slots in the case. The RPM is conveniently marked on the shank on each individual bit.

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Tips and Tricks for Use

As with all forstner bits, the goal is to create consistent depth and flat bottom holes. In order to do so, we recommend the following:

  • Use these forstner bits in a drill press rather than a handheld drill
  • Run the forstner bits at the recommended speeds as listed on each bit
  • Feather (increase/decrease) the cutting pressure to easily dispel the wood chips and to prevent overheating
  • Clamp the wood down to the drill press table or place the wood part between clamps blocks to prevent the wood part from spinning in your hand
  • Protect your hands with safe grip woodworking gloves and wear eye protection
  • Ensure the drill press drive belt tension is suitable to prevent the pulley from spinning on the belt as you bore the holes into wood

Where to Buy?

This new forstner bit set is now available at Klockit.com! Search for item 53003 or click the link below:

http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-53003.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.