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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Spring 2015 Klockit Clock Contest

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The Klockit team is happy to announce the much-anticipated Spring Clock Contest is here! Starting March 2, submit your latest clock project(s) for a chance to win one of three $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 all this time around. We hope you’ll enjoy the three newly revamped submission categories and judging criteria!

How to Enter:

Our Spring 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 (rappner@primexinc.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. CST on March 31, 2015.

Judging:

Your clock contest submission(s) may fall into one of the three categories shown below. Please feel free to submit multiple entries into one category, or the same entry into multiple categories:

(1) Best Use of Parts: Judged on picture(s) provided and story of Klockit parts used in your project.

(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 original.

Three (3) 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.

Read the official rules.

Winners:

Winners will be announced and contacted the first week of April 2015. When the winners are decided, they will be announced here on the Klockit blog and on the Klockit Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest Pages.

Questions?

Post your question on this blog post below or on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Sneak Peek: Rustic Wall Clock Kit

We are excited to be working on a new clock kit product that will be introduced later this year. This rustic-inspired wall clock features a stacked top and base that compliments the basic style of the frame.

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Once assembled, this clock will be a nice, medium-sized timepiece that’s sure to look great on any wall in your home. Our model above is finished with chalk paint and dark wax distressing to achieve an antique look that compliments the style of the clock.

Kit specifics

The finished dimensions of this clock will measure 16-7/8” Height x 11-1/2” Width x 4-1/2” Depth. The glass opening (dial viewing) in the front of the clock measures 9-3/8″ square.

Still in the works…

As we finish up the final details of this new clock kit, one of the pieces to be decided is the clock movement that will be offered with this clock making kit. It will be a non-pendulum quartz clock movement that will accommodate a 1/4” thick dial board thickness. We have a couple of options to choose from and look forward to finalizing that part.

Also, we will be designing a new clock dial (face) for this clock kit. The dial is in the beginning stages of being designed, but we will post an update to this page once it’s complete. Last but not least, the specific type of lumber the kit will be offered in is not set in stone. We are leaning toward a wood like Poplar because it is suitable for staining and painting.

Stay tuned!

We look forward to introducing this new wall clock kit in the near future! Be sure to check out our other clock kits here:

http://www.klockit.com/depts/ClockKits/dept-8.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.

Product Review: Quartex® High Torque, Set & Forget, 3 Battery Pack Quartz Clock Movement

The Quartex® High Torque, Set & Forget, 3 Battery Pack Movement is the latest edition to Klockit’s line of quartz clock movements. It’s a 3-in-1 clock movement that’s powerful, smart, and long lasting. Read the review below to find out how this clock movement works, what its most notable features are, and who should buy it.

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Equipped With Power

14161-3This new clock movement is equipped with High Torque power, which means it is capable of running the longest clock hands on the market today. We recommend using our extra long clock hands with this movement – choose from 8” to 17 ½” hands in various styles to complement your clock’s style.

Set & Forget – Is it really that easy?

The answer is YES! It really is that easy. Simply select your time zone on the back of this clock movement, and the correct time and date are automatically displayed. You will never have to adjust the time settings on your clock when your movement is powered by our patented Set & Forget technology.

Inside this quartz clock movement, you’ll find a microchip “calendar” that is preprogrammed with the date and time until 2030. The microchip calendar enables the clock movement to automatically spring forward and fall back at Daylight Saving Time without a radio controlled signal.

In the fall, you’ll notice the clock movement will move the hands forward 11 hours at an accelerated speed to achieve a set back of one hour. In the spring, the movement will move the hands forward one hour at an accelerated speed to achieve the advance of one hour.

If you like the fact that you won’t have to update the time of your clock until 2030 with this motor, you’ll also enjoy this movement’s next notable feature.

Long Lasting Power

14161-2This new clock movement features long lasting power, thanks to its extended life battery pack. Simply insert three AA batteries to give this movement power to run up to five years. Trust us, you’ll enjoy the convenience of not having to take down your wall clock for five years!

Who Should Buy It?

After testing and working with this clock movement, I would highly recommend it to anyone who is creating a large wall clock or looking for a low maintenance clock movement. At just $13.25, the price is right for this movement. It’s easy to assemble and use in clock projects, and offers long-lasting power and smart technology.

Available now at Klockit.com:

www.klockit.com/products/sku-14161.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.

Create-A-Clock Contest: Spring 2014

contest-image-ipCalling ALL clock makers! It’s time to submit your latest clock project(s) into our all-new clock contest! Enter for your chance to win a $100 Klockit gift certificate!

What’s New?

We’ve added three new categories / judging criteria to this contest. The first new category is called Master Clock Builder, and will be judged on the picture(s) submitted, along with the story of the project’s intricacy. The next new category is called Gift of Time, and will also be judged on the picture(s) submitted plus the story of satisfaction and joy of giving the clock as a gift. Last but not least, the last new category for this contest is called the Most Unusual Clock, and will be judged based on the picture(s) submitted and an explanation of what makes the clock unique.

How to Enter:

Klockit’s Create-A-Clock contest is open to everyone. Please follow these steps to enter the 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 (rappner@primexinc.com)

NOTE: Your entry must include which category you are submitting to (see below), at least one (1) photo, and the story behind your clock project. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. CST on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

Judging:

Contest submissions will fall into one of three categories:

  1. Master Clock Builder: Judged on picture and story of project intricacy.
  2. Gift of Time: Judged on picture and story of satisfaction and joy of giving the clock as gift.
  3. Most Unusual Clock: Judged on picture and story of what makes the clock unusual.

Three (3) 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.

Read the official rules.

Winners:

Winners will be announced and contacted the week of May 5, 2014. When the winners are decided, they will be announced here on the Klockit blog and on the Klockit Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest Pages.

Questions?

Post your question on this blog post or on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Sneak Peek: Swivel Cabinet Woodworking Plan

Back in October, I was just starting to design a 360-degree, revolving vertical tower cabinet. When I first approached the design of this product, I was skeptical and not very enthused about the project. But as I got more involved in the design aspect, I became quite intrigued about the overall uniqueness and functionality of the cabinet.

After working on the prototype cabinet in most of December and January, between what seemed to be almost non-stop snow removal from my driveway and roof, the final piece is now complete!

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I am so anxious for the introduction of this new woodworking plan because, more than ever, I think many of my fellow woodworkers are going to want to build one or more of the cabinets.

Just as a result of family members seeing the cabinet in my workshop, I have already received requests for two cabinets. One cabinet is to begin in a small child’s bedroom while the other cabinet is going to be put in a kitchen/dining area.

The child’s room cabinet is going to feature cabinet insert panels with dry erase white marker boards and chalkboards as fun activity centers. The other cabinet insert panels are going to feature laminated posters of children’s storybook and cartoon characters. Storage areas in the cabinets will be for toys and books, primarily. There has already been considerable discussion about how they will change the cabinet insert panel décor so the cabinet will stay reflect the child’s interest and needs clear through college.

The kitchen/dining room cabinet is going to be finished to be a combination message center with dry erase white boards, magnetic chalk boards, cork boards, plus storage space for cookbooks, spices and liqueur cabinet.

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Versatile and Affordable? YES!

Although I am most excited about the versatility of the swivel cabinet, I am also very pleased to report that building the cabinet is very affordable and quite easy to build with only modest array of woodworking tools and machinery. I built the prototype for Klockit from pine (dimensional) lumber and birch panel stock, all purchased at our local lumber store. All machining was done using only my table saw, small table router, drill press, and assorted hand tools.

Plan Availability

This new woodworking plan will be available on Klockit.com in mid-March. Search this category for product availability:

http://www.klockit.com/depts/WoodworkingPlans/dept-481.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.

New Product: Rotating Storage Cabinet Woodworking Plan

Not fired up to complete some of the projects on your To-Do list?

Over the years, there have been times where I was not enthusiastic about a proposed product design – at least not initially.

The woodworking plan project I am currently working on is one of those instances. I actually moved this plan project down on my To-Do list a couple of times, moving other design projects ahead of it.

All that has changed, however, as I have worked on what I am starting to see as maybe the most unique and versatile piece of furniture I have had the privilege to develop.

Without giving too much away, I can only sincerely advise our amazing Klockit woodworking customers to seriously consider purchasing and building this plan piece when it is released in early 2014.

New Woodworking Plan Preview

Imagine: A three module, multifunctional, 360 degree rotating storage cabinet that stands just a few inches under 6 feet tall. This rotating storage cabinet will occupy less than 20” of floor space, but can be easily customized according to what the intended usage is and where in the home it is to be located.

The plan builder will have a variety of design options for how each side of the module is to be finished. Whether it’s a storage / activity unit in a child’s room, a storage-message-display piece in an entry way, or a space saver cabinet in a college dorm room, this piece is a great addition to any room.

All in all, I’m really excited about all potential variations and uses that this cabinet will allow. I can’t wait to complete all of the design drawings so I can build the model and unveil it! My best estimate is that the model will be done by mid to late January of 2014.

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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.

Sneak Peek: Prairie Series Occasional Table Plan

The next woodworking plan to be introduced to Klockit’s Prairie Series has arrived! Modeled after an Arts & Crafts style, the Occasional Table is the perfect companion to the other pieces in the series.

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The table model pictured above is made of Red Oak. The dimensions are as follows: 30-3/4”H x 18-1/2”W x 13”D. This table features a top drawer as well as a bottom fixed shelf and an adjustable shelf.

Design Inspiration

After constructing a mission style bookcase and sideboard table for our home, my wife requested that I design a compatible Arts & Craft Style small table. Finally, after several months, I have completed the project and it is now in our dining room as a companion piece to the bookcase and sideboard.

Click to learn more about the history behind Prairie Style design.

Availability

The Occasional Table woodworking plan is on schedule to be introduced to the Klockit product line in late Fall. Stay tuned for updates!

Tell us: Which color would you stain this piece? Leave a comment 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.