Product Review: Quartex® High Torque, Set & Forget, 3 Battery Pack Quartz Clock Movement

The Quartex® High Torque, Set & Forget, 3 Battery Pack Movement is the latest edition to Klockit’s line of quartz clock movements. It’s a 3-in-1 clock movement that’s powerful, smart, and long lasting. Read the review below to find out how this clock movement works, what its most notable features are, and who should buy it.

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Equipped With Power

14161-3This new clock movement is equipped with High Torque power, which means it is capable of running the longest clock hands on the market today. We recommend using our extra long clock hands with this movement – choose from 8” to 17 ½” hands in various styles to complement your clock’s style.

Set & Forget – Is it really that easy?

The answer is YES! It really is that easy. Simply select your time zone on the back of this clock movement, and the correct time and date are automatically displayed. You will never have to adjust the time settings on your clock when your movement is powered by our patented Set & Forget technology.

Inside this quartz clock movement, you’ll find a microchip “calendar” that is preprogrammed with the date and time until 2030. The microchip calendar enables the clock movement to automatically spring forward and fall back at Daylight Saving Time without a radio controlled signal.

In the fall, you’ll notice the clock movement will move the hands forward 11 hours at an accelerated speed to achieve a set back of one hour. In the spring, the movement will move the hands forward one hour at an accelerated speed to achieve the advance of one hour.

If you like the fact that you won’t have to update the time of your clock until 2030 with this motor, you’ll also enjoy this movement’s next notable feature.

Long Lasting Power

14161-2This new clock movement features long lasting power, thanks to its extended life battery pack. Simply insert three AA batteries to give this movement power to run up to five years. Trust us, you’ll enjoy the convenience of not having to take down your wall clock for five years!

Who Should Buy It?

After testing and working with this clock movement, I would highly recommend it to anyone who is creating a large wall clock or looking for a low maintenance clock movement. At just $13.25, the price is right for this movement. It’s easy to assemble and use in clock projects, and offers long-lasting power and smart technology.

Available now at Klockit.com:

www.klockit.com/products/sku-14161.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.

Woodworking Projects For Beginners

Like any hobby I have discovered in the past, each has its initial investments. In fact, I don’t believe there is a single hobby in existence that doesn’t require some sort of materials or basic skill set to get you started.

Want to run? Even though it’s a free world to jog in, you probably will want some good running shoes and apparel if you don’t have them. Want to fly RC planes? Look to spend over $700 by the time you have completed your first plane, and be careful not to crash as you learn the ropes of flying RC.

Woodworking is no exception in the slightest. But what if there was a way to experiment with aspects of woodworking, yet not have to make any large initial investments or require any of the skill sets woodworkers pick up along the way? A way to test the water before you dive into the pool?

Enter the newest additions to the Klockit line: The Manhattan, The Scalloped Ridge, The Beresford, and the La Salle. Keep in mind all of these clocks can be considered excellent craft projects in their own right, an example being our Halloween Frankenstein Clock (which is a super cool and crafty “re-make” of the Manhattan clock), but we shouldn’t overlook the most important fact that all of these kits make excellent beginning woodworking projects as well.

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No Assembly Required

scalloped-ridgeNo assembly is required with the Manhattan, Scalloped Ridge, and Beresford, which means no tools and clamping purchases are required. With some pre-finish sanding, each of these clocks can be ready for staining/finishing, or painting.

Best of all, you can select between purchasing the kit versions (which include sandpaper and clock insert), or you can select the case versions and purchase a clock insert of your choice separately (sandpaper purchased separately with the “case” versions).

See all here: Klockit.com/depts/ClockKits/dept-422.html

Ready For Level 2?

34225Want to progress a level and try an assembly which must be glued together? Ready to purchase your first couple of clamping devices to start off your collection of woodworking materials? Consider the La Salle, a retro style weather station reminiscently inspired by the styles of radios and car dashboards from the 40’s and 50’s.

It offers a novice introduction to glued assemblies, teaches/reinforces pre-finishing techniques learned with the previously mentioned clocks, and still lends itself to crafty expression and personalization.

View Details: Klockit.com/products/sku-34225.html

How the Water Feels

Each of the aforementioned projects make an excellent starting point for the journey into the realm of woodworking and clock-making as a hobby/craft, as well as a means to gain skills and knowledge that can be applied to other assemblies of interest. Best of all, each requires minimal investment and allows beginners an opportunity to dip their feet to see how the water feels…

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.

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

Crafty Clockmaker Contest Winners Announced

First and foremost, we’d like to thank all who participated in our Crafty Clockmaker contest. The entries for this contest were outstanding, and our team could tell that a lot of time and effort was put into each piece.

Initially there were three categories that the submissions fell into: wall clocks, desk or mantel clocks, and clock jewelry. At contest close, there were no valid submissions for the clock jewelry category. Our judges still wanted to award three winners, so the entries with the highest scores for the wall and desk categories were awarded – plus the entry with the next highest score.

Overall, there was one desk clock winner and two wall clock winners. Congratulations to Bill Johnson, Michael Kamendulis, and Kat Cummins! Please see their winning entries below:

Best of Show: Desk Clock

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Bill Johnson is a woodcarver that carves exclusively in the “Chip Carving” style. He uses this decorative form of carving (done entirely with a single handheld knife – no chisels, gouges, or mallets involved), to decorate all sorts of projects ranging from small ornaments to boxes, wooden display plates, and clocks.

In this case, he was inspired by a stain glass church window.  Bill thought the gothic shape and window’s overall design seemed like the perfect starting place for a clock – especially with a clock insert that would be the perfect size and proportion for that part of a traditional church window.

Bill used Basswood for the body of the clock, which he chose to leave unstained, taking advantage of light and shadows to highlight the intricate chip carved detail.  The clock insert is from our Americana Series – the “Town Square” dial face specifically.

Best of Show: Wall Clock #1

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Michael Kamendulis said his mind is always working. He designed and made this creative wall clock after seeing visiting his uncle’s restaurant in Auburn, MA. Michael wanted to add a little spice to his uncle’s wall.

So he created this wall clock and made it look as if you were sitting on one of the bar stools. Based off an Italian meal, you can see the clock is complete with a dish of spaghetti, meatballs, silverware, a napkin, condiments, and a $20 bill. He even added a teacup with resin inside to make it look like the tea is dripping out.

All elements were either drilled and bolted or epoxied to the board.

Best of Show: Wall Clock #2

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Katherine Cummins has an eye for detail that was apparent in all three of her contest entries. Her winning entry caught our judges’ attention with its 3D characteristics.

The hours are strategically marked and placed in pictures frames – all within a larger frame. The background of the clock was beautifully hand-painted, the flowers are handmade, and the beadwork was also done by hand.

Katherine said she likes all of her clocks to be 3D, so she intertwined flowers and stems around / through the numbers. She also designed some of the numbers to appear as if they were floating in mid-air.

Katherine’s favorite thing about this large wall clock is that there are little insects she strategically placed so most wouldn’t notice them on first glance.

Honorable Mention Clocks

As always, our contest judges were amazed by all of the entries – not just the winners. Take a look at the Honorable Mention entries below!

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Crafty Clockmaker Contest 2013

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Calling all crafty clockmakers! Klockit’s new clock contest has finally arrived. Whether you have a DIY wall or mantel clock to share or a jewelry you’ve made out of clock parts, you’re eligible for our Crafty Clockmaker contest. Enter for a chance to win a $100 Klockit gift certificate!

How to Enter:

Klockit’s Crafty Clockmaker contest is open to Pinterest users. Please follow these basic steps to enter the contest:

(1) ‘Follow’ Klockit on Pinterest.

(2) Create a new board titled, “Crafty Clockmaker”.

(3) Fill your new board with one (1) or more of your own DIY clock projects, and at least three (3) of your favorite Klockit products from http://www.Klockit.com.

(4) Make sure your entry submission includes a brief description of the story behind your clock project.

(5) Submit your entry via email by Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 11:59:59 p.m. CST to rappner@primexinc.com.

Judging:

Contest submissions will fall into one of three categories: Wall Clocks, Desk/Mantel Clocks, and Clock Jewelry. Three (3) 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 the creativity, design and the story behind the clock project 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.

Read the official rules.

Winners:

Winners will be announced and contacted the week of October 28, 2013. When the winners are decided, they will be announced here on the Klockit blog and on the Klockit Pinterest Page.

Questions?

Post your question on this blog post or on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

FAQ: Mechanical Clock Movements

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This post will cover frequently asked questions and their answers about mechanical clock movements. If you question isn’t listed in the post below, leave us a comment and we’ll make sure to answer it. Let’s get started!

QUESTION: My clock chimes 5 minutes early/late on the quarter hour chimes. How do I fix this?

ANSWER: When the clock is chiming, remove the minute hand from the clock. On the back of the hand is a bushing. With a pair of pliers turn the bushing on the back of the hand so that when the hand is put back on, it’s pointing directly at the number 3, 6, 9 or 12. Make sure you don’t turn anything on the hand shaft while doing this.

QUESTION: The hand nut falls off and if I tighten it down, it stops the clock. What can I do?

ANSWER: Remove the hand nut and minute hand from the clock. Then check the hour hand to ensure it’s pushed far enough next to the dial that at least 1/8″ of the brass shaft it is on is coming through the top of the hour hand. Do not count the threaded part at the tip of the shaft as part of the 1/8″.

Once you have the hour hand in the correct position, you can put the minute hand and nut back on. If the hour hand is too tight to go on any further, remove the hour hand and file out a small amount of the hole on the hour hand. There may be excess paint in the hole making it too small to fit correctly. Be careful not to file too much out of the hour hand; it still needs to be a snug fit.

QUESTION: Why does the middle weight drop faster than the outer two?

ANSWER: There could be several reasons why this is happening. Let us ask you this: are the chimes ever turned off? If so, when the chimes are off, the two outside weights do not move down until the chimes are turned back on.

It could also be that there may be something wrong inside the clock movement. In that case, you will need to talk to a mechanical technician. Klockit’s mechanical technician can be reached at 1-800-556-6474.

QUESTION: What does each of the weights do?

ANSWER: The left weight (as you are standing in front of the clock) runs the hour strike. The center weight runs the time and pendulum. The right weight runs the 15 minute melodies. This is also true for wind up clock movements.

QUESTION: I have a mechanical clock movement reads ’94cm’ on the back, but I want to use a longer pendulum. Is this possible?

ANSWER: Unfortunately not. If you put a 114cm long pendulum on a clock that is meant to take a 94cm pendulum, it will run hours slow by a day and won’t keep accurate time. It’s the same as if you were to put a short pendulum on a movement that needs a long pendulum; it would run too fast.

QUESTION: Where does the heaviest weight go?

ANSWER: On the right-hand side as you face the front of the clock. This is true for all of the Hermle mechanical clock movements we carry. However, the Kieninger 13049 places the heaviest weight in the center because it features an automatic sequence option.

Mechanical Clock Movement Maintenance

If you have invested in an authentic mechanical-style clock movement, it is important to understand regular maintenance will be involved to protect your investment and ensure that it will work for years to come. If you have just purchased and received your mechanical clock movement, it will be factory-oiled and ready to run right out of the box (after mounting and adjustments, of course). Eventually, however, the clock movement will require a bit of upkeep.

How To Clean Your Clock Movement

Clock movements should be cleaned every 3 to 5 years. To clean your clock movement, you will need mineral spirits, clean cloths (soft and lint-free), and small artist brushes.  Use the minerals spirits and small brushes to clean away all dirt, grime, and old oil. Wipe brushes often on a clean cloth so that you are not re-applying dirt/grime to the movement. Wipe away excess mineral spirits and allow enough time for any remaining mineral spirits to completely evaporate.  Once the movement is dry, proceed to lubricate the movement.

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Oiling Your Clock Movement’s Bearings

Would you run your car without any oil in it? You could, but we all understand that eventual damage will occur to the engine. The same holds true for a mechanical clock movement. Bearing points require a drop of lubrication to keep everything running smoothly. Bearings devoid of oil are subject to excessive friction which can eventually lead to expensive repairs or the need for movement replacement. As a rule of thumb, mechanical movements should be lubricated every 1 to 3 years – once every year in drier climates.

How To:

Generally speaking, oil all bearing surfaces which rotate against each other.  Grease surfaces which slide against each other. Here are some tips to keep in mind when oiling your clock movement:

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Lubrication is not the only aspect of maintenance that is important.  As clock oil ages, it can become tacky. Also, oil will collect dust over time. When the dust mixes with oil, it forms an abrasive grime which can quickly wear away at bearings and such.  This is why it is particularly important to clean the movement at intervals in between oiling.

Should You Have a Professional Inspect Your Clock Movement?

While cleaning and oiling your own movement can save you some money, it is still a good idea to have the movement professionally cleaned and oiled every once in a while.  For example, there are some points that may only be oiled while the clock movement is disassembled.  Above all, a qualified professional has the ability to completely clean the movement beyond novice capabilities and can inspect the movement for any signs of wear as they do so.

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.

DIY Fry Pan Clock

We love the idea of a fry pan clock, it would make an excellent DIY gift! The picture below shows the cast iron clock that a very clever Klockit customer designed and built out of an a fry pan.

DIY Fry Pan Clock

Peter Classen is the talented man behind this neat clock. What was once a broken fry pan was made into a beautiful cast iron clock. Why a fry pan? Well, this pan has history – it was Peter’s wife’s great-grandmother’s pan. So for obvious sentimental reasons, Peter decided to save the old fry pan by making a clock out of it. Turns out, it was a perfect addition to their kitchen!

Room View: Fry Pan Clock

ABOUT PETER:

Peter has been making clocks for over 30 years, chalking his inspiration up to the fascination of the many clocks his grandfather used to own. His background is in industrial arts; Peter was an instructor for 34 years at Foxcroft Academy in Maine, where many of his students made clocks using Klockit materials.