Sneak Peek: Lyre Wall Clock Kit

We are excited to introduce this exclusive sneak peek of our upcoming Lyre wall clock kit. Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide | Klockit.com

We’re officially kicking off our countdown to Mother’s Day with gift suggestions to complement her unique charm and taste.

Show her how much you care with a handmade gift from Klockit! Plus we have ready-to-give gifts too – like watches, outdoor lanterns, and wall and desk clocks.

Check out our most popular Gifts For Her!

Make Her the Best Gift

Giving a clock or piece of furniture, handcrafted by you, represents so much more than just a gift. We understand that this special item will be an heirloom passed down from generation to generation, providing lasting enjoyment and wonderful memories for the special woman in your life.

Our top suggestions for do-it-yourself gifts:

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Our popular Colton Mantel Clock Kit is a mid-skill level wooden clock making kit. Mom will love the finished version which features a generously proportioned frame highlighted by the graceful compound curved corner posts. This clock kit is designed with open slat sides for optimum sound quality she’ll be able to enjoy for years to come!

See clock kit details: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-34321.html

Is Mom a wine lover? Build her a stylish wine rack from our Prairie Series of furniture plans. Our woodworking plan will guide you to create the perfect wine storage piece she’s sure to enjoy. Stores up to 20 wine bottles, 3 tracks for hanging glasses, and features additional storage under the hinged top.

More on this plan: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-49875.html

Or, build her a unique music box she’s sure to treasure forever. When the case lid is raised, the music melody automatically starts to play. Choose from 4 beautiful melodies!

Music movement options: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-33106.html

Need More Options?

We’ve got you covered! Check out our 50+ ready-to-give gift options. Shop by price or category:

Gifts Under $25:
http://www.klockit.com/depts/GiftsUnder25/dept-507.html

Gifts Under $50:
http://www.klockit.com/depts/GiftsUnder50/dept-508.html

Gifts Under $100:
http://www.klockit.com/depts/GiftsUnder100/dept-509.html

Women’s Watches:
http://www.klockit.com/depts/Women’sWatches/dept-442.html

Outdoor Lanterns:
http://www.klockit.com/depts/OutdoorLampsandLanterns/dept-320.html

Wall Clocks:
http://www.klockit.com/depts/WallClocks/dept-148.html

Desk Clocks:
http://www.klockit.com/depts/MantelClocksandDeskClocks/dept-147.html

Sneak Peek: Rustic Wall Clock Kit

We are excited to be working on a new clock kit product that will be introduced later this year. This rustic-inspired wall clock features a stacked top and base that compliments the basic style of the frame.

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Once assembled, this clock will be a nice, medium-sized timepiece that’s sure to look great on any wall in your home. Our model above is finished with chalk paint and dark wax distressing to achieve an antique look that compliments the style of the clock.

Kit specifics

The finished dimensions of this clock will measure 16-7/8” Height x 11-1/2” Width x 4-1/2” Depth. The glass opening (dial viewing) in the front of the clock measures 9-3/8″ square.

Still in the works…

As we finish up the final details of this new clock kit, one of the pieces to be decided is the clock movement that will be offered with this clock making kit. It will be a non-pendulum quartz clock movement that will accommodate a 1/4” thick dial board thickness. We have a couple of options to choose from and look forward to finalizing that part.

Also, we will be designing a new clock dial (face) for this clock kit. The dial is in the beginning stages of being designed, but we will post an update to this page once it’s complete. Last but not least, the specific type of lumber the kit will be offered in is not set in stone. We are leaning toward a wood like Poplar because it is suitable for staining and painting.

Stay tuned!

We look forward to introducing this new wall clock kit in the near future! Be sure to check out our other clock kits here:

http://www.klockit.com/depts/ClockKits/dept-8.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.

Klockit Customer Creates Handcrafted Heirlooms For Loved Ones

Like many of you, Klockit customer Rich Didier is a talented woodworker that used his skill to create handcrafted heirlooms for his loved ones for Christmas this year. I was privileged to see the four clocks Rich made as gifts, and wanted to share them with our readers.

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How It All Began

I have enjoyed working with Rich on numerous woodworking projects, dating back to when Klockit first wanted to incorporate information for creating “Hard-To-Make” parts like crown moldings and split columns for our Churchill Grandfather Clock plans. Rich was instrumental in confirming that our ‘Step-By-Step” plan information was accurate by actually making the parts in his shop from our drawings.

Rich has completed more than 25 projects over the years, the most notable include building a Cooper Collection grandfather clock, and designing and building the Mora grandfather clock – which he later helped Klockit develop into a woodworking plan product. Rich also built various photography models for Klockit’s exclusive furniture plans that were used in the Klockit catalog and website.

From Kit to Plan

I only mention the background above to explain why I was not all that surprised when Rich informed me he wanted to build Klockit’s 40th Anniversary mantel clocks to give as Christmas gifts to family and friends. In fact, he wanted to make the clocks from raw lumber instead of from ready-to-assemble kits.

While Klockit had been discussing the possibility of offering a woodworking plan for the 40th Anniversary mantel clock, it had not yet been determined if it was feasible to develop a plan that could provide safe and practical methods for making some of the complex parts required to complete the clock.

When I explained my reservations about this clock kit becoming a woodworking plan, Rich volunteered to work with Klockit to confirm that complicated parts like the base plates and crown plates could be made by recreational woodworkers using typical woodworking equipment and tooling.

Over the course of a few months, I enjoyed working with Rich in perfecting the drawings and instructional information that would ultimately be included in Klockit’s 40th Anniversary mantel clock woodworking plan.

Plan Perfected

Once the plan was perfected, Rich built four 40th Anniversary mantel clocks for his friends and family for Christmas this year. Watch the video below to see the warm reaction from the recipients as they receive their gifts.

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Why We Do What We Do

The people in the video now have handcrafted heirlooms that will be treasured for years to come. The overall emotion from everyone is priceless and serves as an example of what many of our customers probably experience when they pass along their labors of love.

The entire Klockit team is fortunate and privileged to be a part of the process.

More On Rich

Rich’s career spans 34 years and began as a shop mechanic for forklift trucks.  From there, he ascended to road mechanic, then to technical support, and (finally) after-market sales to dealers and customers.  Prior to woodworking, Rich’s other hobbies included building and flying RC planes and scale model railroading.

Rich started woodworking with home remodeling projects approximately 30 years ago. He decided to remodel his own home; all of the wood trim, base molding, (etc) of his home was machined, stained, finished, and installed by Rich himself. After he retired, and had completed his home remodeling, woodworking quickly became a hobby.

Rich created an “Apple book” several years ago, which is a hardcover book that features all his woodworking projects.  He is currently working to complete a second edition, which features additional projects he has completed since he created his first book.

Written by: John Cooper

John spent the better part of the 28 years he was employed by Klockit, designing 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 new clock and furniture designs.

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.

Tell Us…

What’s your favorite new product of 2013? Comment with your answer below for a chance to win a $25 Klockit gift certificate!

Sneak Peek: Westmont Bracket Clock

We are pleased to announce the Westmont Bracket Clock, which has been given the official “go ahead” to proceed as a Klockit clock kit product. But before heading to the Klockit website to look up this beautiful gem, understand it’s still in the product development stage. However, we can certainly tantalize you with an exclusive preview!

This clock assembly features laminate-assembly base plates. When assembled, the combined plates create a gradually diminishing classical roman profile of coves with bead. westmont

The trim and end cap pieces promote a modest, yet stylish, ogee profile which gives way to single vein columns that frame the clock face opening in symmetric sophistication. A removable case back panel allows for quick and easy access to the clock movement within.

The result? Finished design perfection.

We have selected an elegant European-style clock face, with glass and hinged bezel to compliment the warm, natural hue of the solid cherry wood case assembly. While the initial premise of many new Klockit designs is to allow customers their choice of movement, the Westmont will prove to be no exception.

We plan to offer two different versions: A battery-operated quartz version (see #12001 for movement features) and a Westminster chime mechanical movement version (see #13006 for movement features). Both movements offer rich chimes and quality timekeeping that will continue to please throughout the many years you will enjoy this heirloom clock assembly.

There is plenty more to comment and compliment about this new kit assembly, which should be making its way to customers about mid 2013!

Questions about this new product? We’d love to answer them, please leave your question in a comment below!

Written By: Chris Akright

Chris is responsible for the kit, plan, and finishing technical support, which he has provided to Klockit customers for over 13 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.