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.

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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