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.

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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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