Now Available: Cigar Humidor and Tabletop Liquor Cabinet Woodworking Plans

It’s been nearly a year in the making, but we are proud to announce the launch of two highly anticipated woodworking plans!

As you can see below, the cigar humidor box and tabletop liquor cabinet look great together as companion pieces, but each can also be the star of the show on its own.

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Cigar Humidor Box

Our models were built of Alder wood, but you will be able to select the wood species you prefer to work with. The cigar humidor woodworking plan details the lining of the case and lid with ¼-inch thickness Spanish Cedar wood. You’ll love that the cigar humidor box is sized to hold 75 cigars! The hygrometer component on the outside of the box will indicate the optimum humidity to help keep your cigars fresh.

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Tabletop Liquor Cabinet

We hope you’ll also enjoy the clever design of the Tabletop Liquor Cabinet, with its lockable cabinet and lazy susan turntable. Inside, you’ll be able to store 5-6 standard size liquor bottles or a few bottles with glasses and accessories – you decide!

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The Bottom Line

I truly enjoyed designing these new woodworking plan products, and I am confident our Klockit customers are going to enjoy building them as well. Both the cigar humidor case and tabletop liquor cabinet make for very special gifts to family or friends.

Start yours today!

Click to view the details of the Cigar Humidor Box woodworking plan and Tabletop Liquor Cabinet woodworking plan.

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.

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Project Delaware: The Grandmother Clock That Almost Wasn’t…

I was posed with a question this last weekend that took me by surprise. I was enjoying some time catching up with old friends who were curious about what I have been up to in regard to work and home life.

As I began to talk about recent projects at work, I showed them some elevation drawings of a new Grandmother clock design, which I have spent the last three months developing. After showing them my intended design, I was asked what the difference between a grandmother clock and grandfather clock was.

Growing up, my own Grandmother’s pride and joy was her Montgomery Ward Grandmother clock, which she purchased in the late 1960’s. It sat at the edge of her living room, graciously welcoming visitors from the entryway hall just after they entered the front door. The clock featured a tapered waist cabinet section, which made the clock resemble that of an hourglass shape.

To my grandmother’s humble credit, this was the distinguishing characteristic of the “grandmother clock” namesake. Consequentially, this was the impression I have had for several years. I had no idea how wrong I was…

Historically Speaking…

Grandmother clock cases are described as tall case clocks or floor clocks, which are smaller than 6-1/2 feet in height. Let’s not confuse these with Granddaughter clocks, which are even smaller versions of floor clocks (usually no larger than 5 feet in height).

Oddly enough, this is the farthest historical descriptions go. This means that Grandfather clocks can certainly have a tapered waist, but will still be classified as a Grandfather style clock providing the clock is over 6-1/2 feet in height. Grandmother style clocks, in turn, can certainly have a straight waist section (and straight case design) providing the clock case is less than 6-1/2 feet tall (and over 5 feet tall). In summary, the shape of a clock has no bearing on a clock’s type. Instead, designation is simply a matter of height, and nothing more.

Grandmother or Grandfather?

delaware-clock-grandmotherYou might ask, where does this leave my latest project? Can it, in fact, still be called a Grandmother clock with this new revelation?

I must admit that I returned after the long holiday weekend on Tuesday with reservations. I am, however, happy to report that it can. Despite the shape of the clock being that which many might associate with a “Grandmother clock” shape, I am happy to report that it will fit the current technical classification agreed upon by many clock experts and historians. With a total designed height of 75-3/8”, this assembly will just make the “cut-off” for being classified as a true Grandmother clock.

Curious about “Project Delaware”? Find out more in the coming months right here on the Klockit Blog!

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.

The History Behind Prairie Style Design

As you flip through the Klockit catalog or browse online you might have noticed various “Prairie” inspired designs, including: a pop-up sofa table, an end table, a wine rack, and a blanket chest – just to name a few.

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You may be wondering, “Why such a vested interest in a particular style of design?” To answer that question, we must first delve into a bit of history to understand what Prairie style design is, and why it is important to a mid-western clock company.

Roots of the Prairie Style Design

The prairie school of architecture was primarily a mid-western U.S. movement, which occurred in the late 19th and early 20th century. Of course, it wasn’t referred to “Prairie” at that time – the term was later coined by H. Allen Brooks, one of the first architectural historians to write about this specific style of design.

The “Prairie Movement” stems from the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th century and can best be described as “dominant horizontality”, architecture which echoes the wide, flat, vast treeless expanses of the mid-western United States.

Influence of Frank Lloyd Wright

One of the most prominent figures of Prairie Design was Frank Lloyd Wright, a native of Klockit’s home state of Wisconsin. Wright is noted for designing a number of prairie style homes and business in the Illinois and Wisconsin area, to include The S.C. Johnson Wax Building, The Robi House, The Seth Peterson Cottage, The Winslow house, The Moore House, Wright’s Studio, and the Monona Terrace.

Wright promoted the idea of “organic architecture”, where a structure was specifically designed to look as if it had grown from its site naturally. This was further enhanced by open floor plans and use of indigenous materials to promote the feel of living with the land, rather than on it.

Klockit’s home of Lake Geneva was one of few locations chosen to display Wright’s distinctive architectural talents with The Lake Geneva Hotel (built in 1911). The hotel closed, partially burned, and was eventually razed in the early 1970’s to make way for the Geneva Towers – so it is unfortunate that it no longer stands today. All that remains are old photographs and the leaded “tulip windows” (one of many details designed by Wright himself) which shaped the overall theme for the Geneva Hotel.

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Fortunately there are still a few Wright homes throughout the local area, as well as homes and buildings, which were designed by Wright’s protégés. The Lake Geneva Library is such a building, designed by Wright’s pupil James Dresser, which maintained the vision of Prairie Style architecture in Wright’s unique tradition.

Klockit’s Prairie Series: A Humble Tribute

With such a heavy Prairie-design influence tied to our local community, it seemed only natural (no pun intended) that Klockit should work to introduce a line of furniture that emulates the Prairie design tradition. Our Prairie series of woodworking plans are designed to stray away from mechanical and metal mass produced contraptions that operate in current day pieces.

Functionality, instead, is primarily based on natural materials, in keeping with Prairie Movement ideals. This is most prevalent with designs such as the slide top blanket chest and pop-up sofa table, where metal is substituted with wood for the various lift/slide mechanisms.

In short, Klockit’s Prairie series of woodworking plans is a continuing aspiration that pays humble tribute to a style of architecture and design, as well as to the pioneers of the Prairie style movement.

Look for our next installment of the Prairie Plan series, the Prairie Occasional Table, in late fall of 2013!!

occasional tableWritten 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.

Sneak Peek: Sterling Wall Clock Kit

A rewarding aspect of my job is receiving a new prototype kit and seeing how a design comes together as a real-life assembly.  Just opening the prototype box creates an air of excitement and anticipation like that of opening a package on Christmas morning. Except, these days I have a general idea of what is actually inside the box.

The latest box I received contains the prototype case assembly for the new Sterling Wall Clock Kit, which will be introduced to the Klockit line of kits sterling-wall-clock-kitwithin the next couple of months.  This stately wall clock will measure 11-7/8” H x 12” W x 5-5/8” D.  The cherry wood assembly is suitably adorned with flat, fluted columns and beveled, rectangular end caps.  The final touch of elegance encompasses an over-sized cove machined on the front and side edges of the top and bottom plates, which adds symmetry to the finished assembly.

Final component determinations are still being ironed out at this time. Rumor has it, however, that the Sterling will house Klockit’s Quartex clock movement (backed by a 10-year warranty) and a silver-colored, metal clock face, which contributes to the clock’s namesake.

I have always been a fan of sneak peeks and teasers, and I’m always thankful to receive a preliminary (albeit often rare) glimpse into future products in development. It rekindles that “Christmas-like” air of excitement and anticipation in me every time.  If the feeling is mutual, feel free to leave a comment on this blog thread.  Let us know if you would like to see more teasers of future products in development. Here at the “Klockit House of Ideas”, there is always something in the works…

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.

Where Klockit Gets Its Kit Ideas From…

From Klockit’s new product designer:

My motivation for designing kits and plans varies. Sometimes I may see a finished item in a store that I think is nice but I may not be too impressed with the quality or I envision the item with features not available on the item I am looking at. Other times, I will listen to an idea that someone has and develop that into a plan or kit product. An example of what I am talking about is the lift/slide top side table (to be introduced in spring of 2011). After my wife saw the model for the lift top sofa table, she commented that it sure would be nice if an end table could be made with the same feature of having a lift table that came up and across the arm of a typical living room easy chair. I agreed and started designing. As the design progressed I added additional features to make the table even more unique and functional.

I always strive to make sure our Klockit plans are geared for the average hobbyist or recreational woodworker. Too many plans on the market just are not detailed enough for anyone other than very experienced woodworkers with lots of expensive equipment. I always make sure our Klockit plans show how even things like elaborate moldings, columns, etc. can be made with woodworking equipment available to almost anyone with any kind of a woodworking shop.

I also want Klockit woodworking plan projects and our pre-cut (ready to assemble) kits to reflect quality workmanship and have unique features. In other words, I try to make sure Klockit plans always offer customers new and exciting projects. The goal is to always be innovative and to always make sure our customers can enjoy completing Klockit plans and kits and always, always can be proud of the finished item.

Beyond seeing photos of finished items made by Klockit customers from our kits and plans, my biggest thrill is when our customers add their own ideas and inspirations to our designs to make their finished item uniquely their own design.