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.

Sneak Peek: Outdoor Folding Table

We are excited to introduce this exclusive sneak peek of our upcoming Outdoor Folding Table woodworking plan. This neat table is designed to be a multi purpose table with a variety of usages ranging from grilling, food serving, bar, potting station, and more!

Check out the photos below of this new outdoor table, ranging in stages from completed assembled to ready to put away.

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There are just ten quick mount knob bolts and four leg brace wood pins involved in assembly and disassembly. The finished prototype below is made of Cedar and is finished with a Rustic Brown exterior Krylon stain.

Outdoor Finished Table

Dimensions

The fully assembled table (to include optional back upper shelf unit) dimensions are 60” in length, 18” in width and 50” height (30” table top height). When fully disassembled and folded up for storage, the complete table unit (minus optional top shelf and optional bottom shelf) measures 30” x 18” x 10”.

With the folded up top shelf unit and folded up bottom shelf unit stacked on top of the folded up table, the total height will be less than 20”. This means any storage space of 30” x 18” x 20” height can accommodate the complete table unit.

Fun Fact: This table takes five minutes to completely setup or disassemble!

Recommended Tools and Supplies

We recommend using the following tools and woodworking supplies to make the table: table saw, band saw, air nailer, woodworking clamps, drill press, socket wrench, screwdriver, wood glue, and sandpaper. All necessary assembly hardware will be available for purchase in an accompanying component package. More details will be included when we release this new woodworking plan later this year. Stay tuned!

Your Turn!

Tell Us: Would you be inclined to preserve the natural wood look with a clear seal coat, or finish this table with paint and/or stain? Tell us your preferences in the comments section 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.

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.

Product Review: Display Cabinet Woodworking Plan

Patience, time and love go into handmade quilts and knitted blankets. Our team believes they should be proudly displayed when not in use, so we created a versatile display cabinet woodworking plan to help guide you to build a new home for your treasure(s).

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Notable Features

The top of the finished display cabinet pulls opens via a lid support arm. Once open, you have access to vertically lay quilts or blankets on the 3 included pegs. If you don’t want to display your items vertically, you can incorporate 3 shelves on which you can display your folded quilts/blankets or your favorite kick-knacks. The glass panels on the front and sides allow multiple views of your displayed treasures.

The woodworking plan is detailed yet easy to follow via dimensional drawings for each wood piece and step-by-step instructions. The hardware package for this woodworking plan is sold separately and includes all necessary hardware including the continuous hinge, magnetic door catch, surface mount lock and key and lid support arm.

The finished size of the Display Cabinet is 43 ½”H x 23”W x 15”D – so it’s not too big, but not too small either. I think it would be a great addition to my living room!

Questions About This Woodworking Plan?

We’d love to answer any questions about this new woodworking plan. Please post your questions in the comments sections below.

Written By: Rachel Hicks

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

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.

Product Review: Bear Family Lodge Woodworking Plan

Looking to create the perfect gift for your children or grandchildren this holiday? The hours of labor you put into the new Bear Family Lodge Woodworking Plan will be forever worthwhile as your loved one creates fantasy story lines for the bear family.

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Plan Overview

This intricate woodworking plan includes patterns that are shown in full-size color displays on 11”x17” pages. The plan will guide you through the construction of a miniature log cabin, a 5-member bear family, and rustic furniture pieces. The bear family includes Father Bear, Mother Bear, the Twins, and a Baby. Father Bear measures in at a height of 5-1/2”; the overall finished size lodge of 24”H x 43”W x 28”D. Once constructed, each family member will be able to sit, stand, raise their arms, and turn their heads.

Their beautiful lodge includes items such as a porch swing, dining table, bed, nightstand, cradle, rocking horse, and a log rack. You’ll be impressed with even the smallest details that went into this plan – such as a chandelier, picture frames, pillows, candles, and lamp.

Get creative by adding sticks and segments from real tree branches as accents for some of the furniture. Masonry information is included in the plan if you prefer to construct the fireplace from real rock.

Bottom Line

Passed down through generations, this elaborate lodge will be the focal point of any playroom or bedroom. Or keep the finished product for yourself and use as a display piece in your home. Bottom Line? The high detail in this plan makes this product truly amazing.

View plan now at Klockit.com

Written By: Rachel Hicks

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

 

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.