Sneak Peek: Lyre Wall Clock Kit

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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.

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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.

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.

Sneak Peek: Harp Leg Half Table Woodworking Plan

Looking to build a small display table for your home? Then you’ll enjoy our upcoming Harp Leg Half Table woodworking plan. This plan is the perfect change of pace when it comes to lumber usage, machining, assembly, and finishing options. We are proud to announce this new woodworking plan will be introduced in early 2015.

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Click to zoom in on detail of table.

From a Glance

The Harp Leg Half Table is perfect for indoor or outdoor application when suitable lumber and finish is used. It’s ideal for foyers or virtually anywhere else in the home where a small, stylish table would enhance the décor of a room.

The photo model below was made of recycled construction material. The top is an edge glued panel construction and stained with a polyurethane finish. The bottom is finished with chalk paint with a wax (clear and dark) finish.

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Finished photo model. Click to see detail.

Plan Specifications

This new woodworking plan will provide full-size patterns for the legs and bottom braces, and will allow the parts to be cut out on a 14”-16” band saw. As always, the plan will also include both illustrated and written assembly instructions to ensure an easy and enjoyable project for all builders.This plan will even provide useful tips on making a simple band saw support table for ease of cutting the legs, braces, and the half round top.

Basic woodworking machinery and tools will be required to complete this project, along with a table saw, 14″ to 16″ band saw, table or floor drill press, bar/pipe clamping, and miscellaneous hand tools. The finished table dimensions are 36” width x 16” depth x 30” height.

Who Should Buy?

The Harp Leg Half Table woodworking plan is an easy to medium project plan. We’re sure the finished half table will be something you’ll be proud to display in your home, give as a gift, or even sell in local shops and craft shows.

I already have 4 requests for tables and I’ve only had the model done for a few days. What have I done?!

Click here to see all Klockit woodworking plans!

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: Cigar Humidor Case and Tabletop Liquor Cabinet

Back in April, I shared the design ideas for a cigar humidor and tabletop liquor cabinet. I have since completed the prototype models and would like to share this preview with our readers before the wood finishing is complete.

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These two items will be new woodworking plan and component introductions that are scheduled for rollout in January 2015. The humidifier component is sized for 75 cigar storage. The hygrometer component will indicate the optimum humidity to keep cigars fresh.

While these models were built of Alder wood, you will be able to select whatever wood species you prefer to work with. The cigar humidor model plan will cover lining the case and lid with 1/4″ thickness Spanish Cedar, and even show the removable tray made of Spanish Cedar.

The revolving turntable on the liquor cabinet should accommodate 5-6 bottles of one’s favorite liquor bottles, and smoothly revolves 360 degrees on the 6″ Lazy Susan.

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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.

See all our woodworking plan projects on Klockit.com!

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: Dog Treat and Leash Combo Woodworking Plan

The idea of designing this wall-mounted dog treat/leash combination came from my niece’s most recent request. She is a big dog lover and also thinks her uncle can build anything! I love her confidence in my woodworking skills, so I’m wasn’t about to burst her bubble by telling her just what a “wood butcher” I really am!

Anyway, my niece recently asked me to make her something she could hang on the wall that would have two doggie treat containers and two leash hooks for her ‘Babies” (dogs). What I came up with was what you see in the photo below.

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The puppy treat are held in one pint “MASON” canning jars that are set slightly recessed on the lower plates. The top plates pivot open and close on wooden dowel hinge pins to make treat access quick and to make jar removal for refilling/cleaning easy. The photo model is made of pine and painted with a “Crackle Paint” finish.

I’m so glad my niece liked this mantel combo! Plus, several other people have already asked me to make them one, so I thought this might make a great woodworking plan project for Klockit’s woodworking customers.

The woodworking plan to make this dog treat wall combo will be released in the near future. You will find it to be an easy project and a finished product that will undoubtedly sell well at craft fairs. It will also make the perfect gift for your family and friends with dogs.

Coming soon to Klockit.com!

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: Backlit Skeleton Movement Bracket Clock Woodworking Plan

You may be wondering, “What’s the inspiration behind new Klockit woodworking plans?” The answer: our plan product ideas come from many sources, but perhaps the most frequent plan inspiration comes about as a result of a new component – clock motor, clock insert, weather-related instrument, etc. – being introduced as a potential new product.

While these new components are often very innovative and interesting, it is not always obvious how our Klockit customers could use the components.

This was recently the case when a skeleton movement insert was introduced to our new product group. Everyone agreed this item would be of great interest to Klockit customers, but there was some concern about how to best accentuate the skeleton configuration of the movement insert with its moving gears.

Then The Light Bulb Went Off

What if the skeleton movement insert could be backlit within the case using an LED tea light or candelabra light? We knew that if we could develop a woodworking plan for a small backlit clock case, our customers could not only enjoy building our the design, but they would then incorporate our backlit feature into many other clock case designs of their own creation.

Design Time

After evaluation of a preliminary clock design model, I set about drawing detailed construction drawings from which to make the formal model to be used online and in the Klockit catalog.

Next I actually constructed each part (shown in the photo) to the drawing specifications to ensure complete accuracy of the drawings that would be made into scaleable CAD plans. Last I assembled and finished the wood parts into a formal photography model using a cranberry-colored finish.

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When Will It Be Available?

This particular woodworking plan product is going to be a great 2-3 day project for our Klockit woodworkers. Be looking for the introduction of this great plan later in 2014. This plan will let you build the perfect gift(s) for family and friends!

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: 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.