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

Top 10 Fall Clock Projects

Welcome the fall season with one of our customer-favorite clock projects! We’ve gathered the best of the best DIY clock projects to help you get ready for the fall season ahead. We’re sure you’ll add one (or two) to your fall projects list.

(1) 40th Anniversary Mantel Clock Kit

34230Our popular 40th Anniversary Mantel Clock Kit was designed to celebrate our 40th year in business! The elegant cherry wood case is topped by a Roman bronze bail pull in this mantel clock making kit. The glass front and side panels protect your choice of quad chime quartz movement or 8-day triple chime mechanical movement.

Shop now at Klockit.com, #34230: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-34230.html

(2) Mission Mantel Clock Kit

34962The Mission Mantel Clock Kit is a long-time Klockit customer favorite. It exemplifies Mission Style furniture by combining simplicity and usefulness with modern design. The case is made from North American red oak wood, and features a pendulum clock movement that plays the famous Westminster melody.

View details at Klockit.com, #34962:
http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-34962.html

(3) Weatherman Kit

34727Looking for today’s weather forecast? Turn to your Weatherman Kit! This DIY kit includes everything need to make a mini weather station that holds a Galileo thermometer, a Fitzroy barometer, and gold rectangle hygrometer and clock inserts. Great weekend project for all ages!

Shop now at Klockit.com, #34727: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-34727.html

(4) Set & Forget® Wall Clock Kit

34741The beautifully designed Set & Forget® Wall Clock Kit includes our patented set and forget technology. Simply set the time zone on the motor, put in the battery, allow the motor to go through set up procedure, and enjoy! The movement in this kit automatically adjust for DST. Paint or stain to match your décor!

See more details at Klockit.com, #34741: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-34741.html

(5) Burlington Wall Clock Kit

Burlington Wall Clock Kit

New! The Burlington Wall Clock Kit is a regulator-style clock making kit that features overlay trim and trim blocks on the hinged front door, along with a wood grid that accents the lower glass panel and pendulum. Includes a quartz chiming pendulum movement that plays the Westminster melody. Sure to look great in any room of your home!

Shop now at Klockit.com, #34675:
http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-34675.html

(6) Highlander Weather Station Woodworking Plan

49026Build a distinctive weather station with our Highlander Weather Station Woodworking Plan. This new plan will guide you to create a weather station that features three 2-3/4″ inserts and a Galileo thermometer. Machine all required wood parts out of your choice of wood!

Only $7.99 at Klockit.com, #49026: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-49026.html

(7) Jeweler’s Wall Clock Woodworking Plan

34307The Jeweler’s Wall Clock Woodworking Plan will guide you to build a case that showcases our finest cable-driven, regulator pendulum movement beneath a beveled glass door and plain glass side panels. This customer-favorite clock assembly features a movement that plays the Westminster melody.

Shop now at Klockit.com, #49601: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-CCCCB.html

(8) Swivel Cabinet Woodworking Plan

49738Our new Swivel Cabinet Woodworking Plan will guide you to create a 360-degree, revolving vertical storage piece. Build this cabinet as a fun activity center for children or as an additional storage unit in the kitchen – either way, you’ll be able to personalize the side insert panels with your choice of material!

Start yours today! Shop now at Klockit.com, 49738:
http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-49738.html

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(9) Arts & Crafts Mantel Clock Woodworking Plan

49002This Klockit customer favorite woodworking plan was inspired by the Arts & Crafts style. The plan will guide you to build an elegant clock case that frames a simple clock face. Catch a glimpse of the pendulum bob as it peeks out from the front rail.

Only $7.99 at Klockit.com, #49002: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-49002.html

(10) Mora Clock Woodworking Plan

49167Last but not least, the notable Mora Clock. To date, this is the most ambitious woodworking plan Klockit has ever offered! The Mora Clock woodworking plan was influenced by the Swedish Mora Clock style from the 18th century. This shapely clock features a locking waist pendulum door and a top hinged dial door.

Our long time customer and master woodworker, Richard Didier, magnificently designed, built, and helped us turn this grandfather clock into a woodworking plan.

View details at Klockit.com, #49167: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-49167.html

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Sneak Peek: Cigar Humidor Case and Tabletop Liquor Cabinet

Back in April, I shared the design ideas for a cigar humidor and tabletop liquor cabinet. I have since completed the prototype models and would like to share this preview with our readers before the wood finishing is complete.

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These two items will be new woodworking plan and component introductions that are scheduled for rollout in January 2015. The humidifier component is sized for 75 cigar storage. The hygrometer component will indicate the optimum humidity to keep cigars fresh.

While these models were built of Alder wood, you will be able to select whatever wood species you prefer to work with. The cigar humidor model plan will cover lining the case and lid with 1/4″ thickness Spanish Cedar, and even show the removable tray made of Spanish Cedar.

The revolving turntable on the liquor cabinet should accommodate 5-6 bottles of one’s favorite liquor bottles, and smoothly revolves 360 degrees on the 6″ Lazy Susan.

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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.

See all our woodworking plan projects on Klockit.com!

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.

 

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.

Coming Soon: Cigar Humidor and Tabletop Liquor Cabinet

Do you appreciate sharing a great cigar and/or a glass of fine liquor with family and close friends? If so, I hope you’ll get excited as I am for these two new woodworking plan projects!

I’m currently designing woodworking plans for a tabletop cigar humidor case and a companion liquor cabinet. The cigar humidor will have a capacity of between 75-100 fine cigars and will specify Spanish Cedar lining and a lift out, divided compartment, are more! The companion liquor cabinet will feature a 360-degree revolving front panel and concealed turntable large enough to accommodate multiple bottles of your favorite liquors, as well as other items such as glasses.

Both woodworking plans will help you create the perfect gift for anyone who is a cigar or liquor enthusiast. The plan designs allow recreational woodworkers to easily complete them within a week or two.

So if you love building special projects from great Klockit plans, you will want to order these new plans as soon as they are available! Be watching for the preview of the prototype photo models later in 2014!

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.

DIY: Lighted Tri-Fold Photo Frame Project

The lighted tri-fold photo frame stand is a perfect do-it-yourself (DIY) project. The completed tri-fold frame can be used for special occasions, such as birthdays and weddings – whether you give it as a gift or commemorate the occasion by using it as a décor piece. We are proud to offer this easy DIY craft project because it is fun to do and inexpensive to make.

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Materials Needed:

FRAMES: To begin, select 3 lightweight photo frames (wood frames are preferable, however plastic frames may also be able to be used). Note that the project works best if the frames are the exact same type; however differing style frames of the same height and width could potentially be used. The important factor is that the frames are all the same width. We purchased the 5” X 3-1/2” frames shown from a local dollar store.

ADHESIVES: The photo frame glass panels will need to be glued into place with epoxy or silicone adhesives. Make sure the adhesive you select can be used with the materials to be glued together. Note that in some cases, it may be necessary to glue the hinges to the frame assemblies. If such is the case, we recommend a high strength, fast drying (5 minute) epoxy that can be used with a variety of materials (wood, metal, glass, plastic, etc.).

HINGES: For the project shown, we used Klockit stock #39148 decorative hinges. Other small hinges could also be used (#39147, #39091, #39212) depending on the style of frame you have selected. The frames you select may not allow hinge screws to be used. If such is the case, consider securing the hinges with epoxy adhesive.

LED TEALIGHT: The photos can be illuminated from within the tri-fold frame assembly with Klockit’s LED tealight: Stock #58000 – with remote control; Stock #58009 – without remote.

Step 1:

Carefully remove the photo backing card and any paper inserts, and discard. The glass panels may also be removed at this time. With the glass panels removed, bend the backing tabs of the frame against the backside of the frame assembly.

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Step 2:

step-2-2Glue the glass panels into the rear “step” (or rabbet) of each frame assembly. We used a glue called Weldbond to secure the glass, but an epoxy or silicone adhesive will also work. Most importantly, the adhesive should be recommended for use with glass and finished wood. If you are working with plastic frames, make certain the adhesive is recommended for use with plastic and glass.

Apply a thin bead of glue to the interior rabbet of each frame assembly. Try to keep the adhesive set back from the photo opening edge of the rabbet to minimize excess glue seeping onto the front surface of the glass panel. Re-mount the glass panel and make certain it is centered in the opening. If need be, remove any excess seepage of adhesive and allow proper drying time.

Step 3:

Lay the frame assemblies side by side as shown below. The center frame should be spaced (gapped) from the outside frames by about 1/16” or slightly more. The bottom edge of all 3 frames must be perfectly flush. Apply strips of masking tape to temporarily hold all 3 frames together in proper orientation. This will help to keep the frames from shifting out of position as you work to secure the hinges.step3

Position the hinges onto each frame assembly. The hinge barrel should be facing up and centered over the gap between each frame assembly. The upper hinge barrels should be in line with the lower hinge barrels so that both are vertically plumb in relation to the frames. We located the hinges about 1” in from the top/bottom ends of the frame assemblies. Note that the 1” recommendation is subject to change depending on frame size and hinge selection.

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NOTE: Depending on the selection of your frame assemblies, you may not be able to use the screws included with the hinges. In many cases, frames will not be thick enough to accommodate the length of screw supplied with the hinge. If this should be the case, you may epoxy the hinge to the back surface of the frame. Trace a light pencil outline of the hinge, and use a utility knife to score the area within the hinge leaf outline on the backside of the frame. This will help to promote a strong glue bond between the frame and hinge.

Step 4:

step-4Once the hinges are secured (or once the epoxy has dried), you may clean the glass panels and prepare your photos for mounting. Trim photos to the size of the opening on the rear surface of each frame. The photo should overlap the rabbet on all 4 sides, so make certain the photo subject is more or less centered in the photo.

Photo paper and standard photos can be used, however you will want to ensure there are no manufacturer logos or similar prints directly on the back of the photo paper if you plan to back-light photos. Standard paper can be used, but note that it will tend to appear a bit grainy when backlit. Vellum is another possible material that can be used for backlit photos, commonly found at printing shops.

Step 5:

step-5Place the photo against the backside of the glass panel. Center the photo in the frame opening, making certain the photo overlaps the rabbets the frame glass is glued to. Secure the photos to the frame with a couple of pieces of transparent tape on all four sides. Transparent tape makes photos easy to remove in order to change them from time to time.

Repeat this process for mounting the remaining two photos.

Step 6:

Finally, place the LED tealight within the frame assembly as shown below. Bring the two “free” edges of the outside frames together around the tealight, and make certain the tealight is centered within the assembly.

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Questions on this DIY project?

Please post your question in the comments section below. Or you can send your question(s) to Rappner@primexinc.com.

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.

Free Woodworking Plan: Spinning Gypsy Fortune Teller Base

Last month, we introduced the novel and entertaining Spinning Gypsy Fortune Teller (#42018). This month, our team is proud to introduce a free woodworking plan for the fortune teller that w42018ill construct a simple base plate to serve as a display.

The wood base plate described in this plan can be made from most any type of wood desired. The finished size will be 5” X 5” X 3/4″.

Step 1:

Begin by marking vertical and horizontal center line marks on what will be the face surface of the wood blank. The intersection of these lines (at center) will denote the location of the 2-1/8” recess where the fortune teller will be seated within.

General base plate dimensions are shown below. Please refer to Step 2 for profiling recommendations to accent your base plate. Note that a 2-1/8” diameter forstner (or multi-spur) bit can be used to create the counter-bore.

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Step 2: Profiling

Various router bits can be used to create a desired profile that will provide accent to the base plate wood piece. You can find seven illustrated examples of common profiles below.

When using router bits to create profiles, we recommend completing the profile in numerous passes in order to maximize personal safety and the longevity of the bit. Make certain to wear the recommended protective equipment as detailed in the manufacturer’s manuals. Last but not least, we also recommend experimenting with profiles on a scrap wood piece before diving into the base plate itself.

Style 1:

prof-1This profile would be machined on a table saw or with a raised panel beveling router bit. Table saw machining will require the plate to be secured to a shop made jig (which is secured to a sled) so that the plate can be safely beveled standing up.

 

Style 2:

prof-2This profile would be machined with a cove router bit. While we illustrate a 3/8” radius cove, note that cove bits come in a variety of sizes.

 

Style 3:

prof-3The profile illustrated is a bull-nose profile. We illustrate a 5/8” bull-nose radius, leaving a 1/16” thick ledge at the top/bottom of the wood piece.

 

Style 4:

prof-4The profile shown is an ogee profile. We illustrate a ¼” double radii ogee profile.

 

 

Style 5:

prof-5This profile shows a 45 degree bevel created by a chamfer bit. In this example, 3/8” of the entire 3/4″ thickness is beveled 45 degrees.

 

Style 6:

6The profile shown is one example of various classical bit profiles which are available. Classical bits usually combine coves, round-overs, ogees, and/or beads to create a compound profile.

 

Style 7:

7-styleEither profile can be created with a round-over bit (also referred to as a beading bit).  Depending on the height setting of the bit, either a simple round-over or round-over with ledge can be created.  We illustrate a 3/8” radius round-over in both examples.

Step 3: Finishing

Once all machining has been completed, sand the block with medium (#150) and fine (#220) grit sandpaper in preparation for finishing. The block can be stained and finished however you would prefer; it may also alternatively be primed and painted to suite desired décor. There are additional options to enhance and/or personalize your base plate, including nameplates, small ball feet, and micro-mini clock inserts.

Once complete, set the spinning gypsy fortune teller within the 2-1/8” counter-bore to proudly display the fortune teller and your handcrafted base plate.

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Questions?

Please post any questions about this woodworking plan in the comments section below. Our team promises to answer them within 24 hours!

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.