Customer Spotlight: Jo from Marble Hill Clockworks

We’re proud to introduce Jo from Marble Hill Clockworks! For years, Jo dabbled in creative, moneymaking endeavors – from home knitting and genealogy to vintage fashion. She recently stumbled upon clocks and fell in love. Read more about Jo’s incredible journey!

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Grandfather Clock Build: The Reveal!

Randy Sharp from Sawdust Inn recently finished his first grandfather clock! It may have took a little longer than Randy had hoped, but he did a fantastic job on one of the most important stages of a clock build…the finishing.

Instead of staining his project, Randy wanted the naturally dark cherry color of the wood to shine through. So he began by sanding all the parts with finer courses of sandpaper, finishing with a hand-sanding to 220 grit paper.

Then he helped the aging process by exposing the clock assembly to the UV rays of direct sunlight. Thanks to two sunny days, the cherry was noticeably darker! Randy then added a generous coat of Boiled Linseed Oil to help move it towards a rich golden brown. Last but not least, he finished it off with three coats of polyurethane for long-lasting protection. As nature takes it course, the clock will eventually reach a rich, deep crimson red.

Here’s a sneak peek of his finished project! See the full reveal here.

Randy Sharp grandfather clock build

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.

12 Tips to Get Your Shop Organized for Fall Projects

After some time away from woodworking due to a knee replacement, I recently ventured out to my shop to get started on some projects for upcoming fall and winter craft shows.

Woodworking Shop

I spent a couple of hours looking over my machinery and tried to find hand tools and supplies. They were not where they were supposed to be, so I decided that the smartest use of my time would be to get organized!

Most of you are probably more diligent than I am about performing shop maintenance. But if you haven’t tidied up your shop lately, I would recommend it! The tips below will help you get organized and smoothly move forward with woodworking projects this fall season.

12 tips to get your shop organized for Fall projects:

(1) Perform a thorough cleaning of your dust collection system and shop vacuum filters.

(2) Check all lighting and make sure overhead lighting fixtures are dust-free.

(3) Make sure heaters and furnaces are clean and exhaust fans are working properly.

(4) Check all electrical outlets and switches to make sure they are dust-free.

(5) Check all machinery power cords to make sure they are safe.

(6) Organize hand tools, boring bits, drill bits, saws, and files.

(7) Check all miter and rip fences to make sure all adjustment calibrations are correct.

(8) Perform test cuts to make sure power saw blades are capable of making cleaning cuts without burning or other problems.

(9) Check planer blades and jointer blades for signs of wear or damage and perform necessary maintenance.

(10) Check condition of band saw blades and blade tension. If necessary, replace worn blade guides.

(11) Make sure you have an adequate supply of lumber required for pending projects. And of course consumables, such as sandpaper, wood stains, finishes, and wood glues.

(12) Do you have enough wood clamps? Make sure your wood clamp assortment is adequate and that all clamping is in good order.

We hope these tips will help you get organized and perform at your best! Do you have any tips to share? Post them below!

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.

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!

Official Rules: Spring 2015 Klockit Clock Contest

Klockit’s Clock Contest
Spring 2015

OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW OR REGULATION. PARTICIPANTS MUST BE 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AT THE TIME OF ENTRY. 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), who are at least eighteen (18) years of age at the time of entry. You understand that you are providing your information to Primex, Inc. and not to Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

1. CONTEST DESCRIPTION:

The Klockit’s Spring 2015 Clock Contest (the “Contest”) entry period begins on Monday, March 2, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Central Standard Time (“CST”) and ends on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 11:59:59 p.m. CST (the “Entry Period”). Entry in the Contest does not constitute entry into any other promotion, contest or sweepstakes. The Contest will award three (3) 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 and who are at least eighteen (18) years of age 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 (rappner@primexinc.com)

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

There are three (3) categories you may submit your entry into: Best Use of Parts, Gift of Time, and Most Creative Clock – descriptions below:

  1. Best Use of Parts: Judged on picture and story of Klockit parts used in your project.
  2. Gift of Time: Judged on picture and story of satisfaction and joy of giving clock as gift.
  3. Most Creative Clock: Judged on picture and story of what makes the clock original.

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 these categories: Best Use of Parts, Gift of Time, and Most Creative Clock.

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 (48) 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 April 15, 2015.

 

Farewell to a Beloved Customer, Mentor, and Friend

richard_dWith the recent passing of Richard Didier, Klockit lost a truly special customer and many of us, as employees of Klockit, lost a mentor and valued friend.

Rich loved building beautiful clocks and furniture items from Klockit plans and kits, as well as creating his own unique designs.

Many of Rich’s beautiful clocks and furnishings graced his home and many more of his beautiful pieces were given as treasured gifts to family and friends.

Here’s the perfect example: Rich built four 40th Anniversary mantel clocks for his friends and family for Christmas this past year. His family members are pictured below, holding handcrafted heirlooms that will be treasured for years to come.

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Invaluable Advice

Although the craftsmanship of his work was always as close to perfect as one could ever want to see, Rich was extremely humble about his work and he strived for perfection on each project he tackled.

Countless times, over many years, Rich offered up invaluable advice on ways we could design better kit and plan products.

We have enjoyed working with Rich on numerous woodworking projects, dating back to when we first wanted to incorporate information for creating “Hard-To-Make” parts like crown moldings and split columns for the 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 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 from Klockit’s exclusive furniture plans that were used in the Klockit catalog and website.

Missed, But Always Remembered

I personally have had the honor of working with many Klockit customers, and to learn so much from them that has made me a better kit and plan designer over the past 30 plus years. It is safe to say, however, that no one has done more to help me develop my woodworking knowledge than Richard Didier. More important, however, is that I have had the privilege of having him as a dear friend.

Goodbye Rich. You will be missed but you will always be remembered.

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.

A Time for Reflection

What are you thankful for this holiday season? This is the time of year when I like to reflect on the important things in life.

Thankfully, I am fortunate to have a nice home shop with machinery, equipment, and tools that are certainly adequate for the woodworking projects I do for Klockit and for my personal use.

Not unlike a lot of my fellow woodworking enthusiasts, every now and then I start to think I need bigger, fancier, or additional equipment than what I already have! When these thoughts enter my mind, I have only to look up on my shop wall at the tool-wallfew basic hand tools my father used in the 40s and 50s to quickly get back to feeling pretty good about the tools I have.

My father used those tools to build kitchen cabinets for my mom and other furnishings (bookcases, tables, etc.) for our old farmhouse.

Like myself, I would guess that a lot of our Klockit customers gained their love of woodworking from watching and helping their dads and grandfathers. I often wonder what my dad would think of my woodworking skills. Hopefully he would approve!

I am very sure he would be amazed at all of the woodworking machinery and tools I have at my disposal, and I suspect he would maybe tease me a bit about needing all the stuff I have!

Tell us:

What are you thankful for this holiday season? Leave a comment below!

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.