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.

Customer Spotlight: Rolltop Desk Build – Randy Sharp

From tree to furniture, we love hearing about these types of woodworking projects! Randy Sharp from the Sawdust Inn recently shared a project he was working on…a massive rolltop desk build.

The tree from which this rolltop desk was built was originally cut in April 2013. Randy cut the lumber and stored it in his shop for months with no real plans to use it anytime soon. But then on February 20, he took the first step in building his dream project by cutting the first board for the rolltop desk build.

This was Randy’s first project from quarter-sawn white oak and the first time using a fuming technique to color the wood. He said it was a very educational and enjoyable process.

Randy Sharp - Rolltop Desk Build
From lumber to a finished product in just under 5 months!

Read about Randy’s project from the beginning on the Sawdust Inn Blog. A huge shoutout to Randy for sharing his impressive project with us. Thank you for sharing!

 

Product Review: Smart Solar 83006-3 Fiesta Hanging Glass Bottles

Looking to add a pop of color to your favorite living space? These embossed glass bottles from Smart Solar are sure to add cheer to any outside or inside setting! Read the product review below to learn more about this set, how the hanging bottles operate, and where to buy the them!

Smart Solar 83006-3 Fiesta Hanging Glass Bottles Product Review

At First Glance

Yellow, Turquoise and Fuchsia – we love these colors! The set of three comes with one color of each, which are equipped with bright LED lights to show off the colors at night too. The glass bottles are 11 inches high and embossed with a beautiful flower design.

Smart Solar 83006-3 Fiesta Hanging Glass Bottles Product Review

Easy Operation

Once your set arrives, simply unbox and insert the AAA batteries. Whether placing on a table or hanging from a tree, there are many options when it comes to displaying this set! The hook on each bottle is large enough to hang from a tree branch or inside a gazebo.

Our favorite feature is the timer option – just set the timer to the time you want the lights to turn on, and they will automatically turn on for six hours at that exact time each day. After six hours, the bottles will then automatically turn themselves off. So convenient! Especially when placing the bottles in a high place because you won’t have to worry about turning them on/off every day.

Where To Buy

Interested? Click the link below to purchase or see more details:
http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-82661.html

Written By: Rachel Hicks

Rachel is part of the Klockit committee responsible for finding and researching new products. She has helped review many items in order to understand what makes a great product for all of our Klockit customers.

4 DIY Clock Ideas For Father’s Day

There’s still time to make a unique clock for your Dad this Father’s Day. Not a clock making expert? No problem! Here are 4 easy do-it-yourself clock ideas he’s sure to enjoy more than a tie!

(1) Beer Cap Clock

Make Dad a clock that’ll remind him it’s always a good time for a good beer. Pair 12 beer bottle caps with your choice of clock face, and then install a simple quartz clock movement and hands.

Beer Cap Clock
Photo courtesy of Coolmaterial.com

(2) Vinyl Record Clock

Part timepiece, part wall art! Pick up Dad’s favorite album from a resale store and incorporate numerals, clock hands, a quartz clock movement to easily create a unique gift! Here’s an idea from Etsy seller, Records and Stuff:

Vinyl Record Clock
Photo courtesy of Etsy seller, Records and Stuff

(3) Pool Rack Clock

Does your Dad like to shoot pool? This pool rack clock is sure to be the perfect addition to his Man Cave! Easily create this design using a pool rack, green felt, pool balls, quartz clock movement, and clock hands. He’ll love that the numbers are easy to read from a distance.

Pool Rack Clock
Photo courtesy of Trademark Gameroom

(4) Fishing Lure Clock

Perfect for Dads who would rather be fishing, this simple wall clock using fishing lures in lieu of numerals. Use any material for the clock face, glue on 12 fishing lures, and then install the clock movement and hands. Would also look great with fishing flys!

Fishing Lure Clock
Photo courtesy of thewirelesscatalog.com

Your Turn!

What’s the best thing you’ve made as a gift for someone else? Tell us your story in the Comments section below for a chance to win a $25 Klockit gift certificate!

Product Review: 12-piece Forstner Bit Set

We proudly introduced a new 12-piece forstner bit set early last month. Thank you to all who provided feedback on our previous set of forstner bits! We took that information and made sure we were providing customers with a quality product with this new forstner bit set.

Read the product review below to learn more about the efficient design, and tips and tricks for use.

Hex Head Shank and Saw-tooth Design

Instead of the conventional round shank, these forstner bit shanks are hexagon shaped. This design makes it easier to tighten the chuck in order to prevent slippage as the bit bores into wood.

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The forstner bits in this set also feature durable saw-tooth cutting edges. This type of design allows users to easily dispel the wood chips and apply less downward pressure on the bits, which also results in less overheating and dulling of the cutting edge.

saw-tooth-endEach forstner bit is made from durable T10 steel, ensuring a longer life and cleaner drill use after use. Includes a wooden storage case with the size of the forstner bits listed on the slots in the case. The RPM is conveniently marked on the shank on each individual bit.

wooden-box-set

rpm-bit

Tips and Tricks for Use

As with all forstner bits, the goal is to create consistent depth and flat bottom holes. In order to do so, we recommend the following:

  • Use these forstner bits in a drill press rather than a handheld drill
  • Run the forstner bits at the recommended speeds as listed on each bit
  • Feather (increase/decrease) the cutting pressure to easily dispel the wood chips and to prevent overheating
  • Clamp the wood down to the drill press table or place the wood part between clamps blocks to prevent the wood part from spinning in your hand
  • Protect your hands with safe grip woodworking gloves and wear eye protection
  • Ensure the drill press drive belt tension is suitable to prevent the pulley from spinning on the belt as you bore the holes into wood

Where to Buy?

This new forstner bit set is now available at Klockit.com! Search for item 53003 or click the link below:

http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-53003.html

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.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide | Klockit.com

We’re officially kicking off our countdown to Mother’s Day with gift suggestions to complement her unique charm and taste.

Show her how much you care with a handmade gift from Klockit! Plus we have ready-to-give gifts too – like watches, outdoor lanterns, and wall and desk clocks.

Check out our most popular Gifts For Her!

Make Her the Best Gift

Giving a clock or piece of furniture, handcrafted by you, represents so much more than just a gift. We understand that this special item will be an heirloom passed down from generation to generation, providing lasting enjoyment and wonderful memories for the special woman in your life.

Our top suggestions for do-it-yourself gifts:

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Our popular Colton Mantel Clock Kit is a mid-skill level wooden clock making kit. Mom will love the finished version which features a generously proportioned frame highlighted by the graceful compound curved corner posts. This clock kit is designed with open slat sides for optimum sound quality she’ll be able to enjoy for years to come!

See clock kit details: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-34321.html

Is Mom a wine lover? Build her a stylish wine rack from our Prairie Series of furniture plans. Our woodworking plan will guide you to create the perfect wine storage piece she’s sure to enjoy. Stores up to 20 wine bottles, 3 tracks for hanging glasses, and features additional storage under the hinged top.

More on this plan: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-49875.html

Or, build her a unique music box she’s sure to treasure forever. When the case lid is raised, the music melody automatically starts to play. Choose from 4 beautiful melodies!

Music movement options: http://www.klockit.com/products/sku-33106.html

Need More Options?

We’ve got you covered! Check out our 50+ ready-to-give gift options. Shop by price or category:

Gifts Under $25:
http://www.klockit.com/depts/GiftsUnder25/dept-507.html

Gifts Under $50:
http://www.klockit.com/depts/GiftsUnder50/dept-508.html

Gifts Under $100:
http://www.klockit.com/depts/GiftsUnder100/dept-509.html

Women’s Watches:
http://www.klockit.com/depts/Women’sWatches/dept-442.html

Outdoor Lanterns:
http://www.klockit.com/depts/OutdoorLampsandLanterns/dept-320.html

Wall Clocks:
http://www.klockit.com/depts/WallClocks/dept-148.html

Desk Clocks:
http://www.klockit.com/depts/MantelClocksandDeskClocks/dept-147.html