Columbia Grandfather Clock Build by Randy Sharp, Sawdust Inn

In Randy Sharp’s 12 years of hobby woodworking at the Sawdust Inn, there have only been two dream projects on his bucket list: a full-sized roll top desk and an heirloom grandfather clock.

Randy recently finished up the roll top desk and it turned out great!

Roll Top Desk by Randy Sharp

He’s now moving onto a grandfather clock build, specifically the Columbia grandfather clock from our popular Cooper Collection of woodworking plans. Randy believes one of the most elegant pieces of furniture to occupy a home is the grandfather clock. And we agree! We’re excited to follow him through the process of handcrafting more than 80 pieces out of hand-selected cherry wood.

Columbia Grandfather Clock build by Randy Sharp

Randy is going to create a series of blog posts and short how-to videos on the grandfather clock build. We invite you to follow along and get an inside look at the detailed craftsmanship required to finish this advanced clock project.

Stay tuned for the first major step in the build – constructing the main frame of the grandfather clock, which requires a first-time woodworking technique for Randy!

Click here to see more on the blog at Sawdustinn.com!

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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: 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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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.

Coming Soon: The Delaware Grandmother Clock Plan

With the final woodworking plan material drafts completed, I thought this would be an opportune time to formally introduce the woodworking community to one of Klockit’s most ambitious plan projects to date. Picking up where the “Project Delaware” blog post left off last month, I am very proud to introduce / re-introduce the Delaware Grandmother Clock!

History of the Delaware Clock:

Long-time Klockit customers are no strangers to the Delaware clock assembly. Klockit carried the Delaware as a kit (only) in the 1990’s and 2000’s. To date, it was one of the more successful kit products we offered, and demand for a woodworking plan version was constant. As wood prices increased, the Delaware became too expensive and labor-intensive to produce in kit form, and was discontinued. The possibility of a plan version was moved to the “back burner” of the product development list and remained in this state for a number of years.

Return of the Delaware:

Over the past four years, we continued to receive requests for a pinched waist floor clock. While a kit version can take the better part of a year or longer to develop, woodworking plans can be introduced just as soon as the final design is ironed out and specifications are applied. Thus, the original Delaware engineering drawings were pulled out, dusted off, and reviewed.

We also dug deep within the Klockit comment card archives to review design changes and suggestions offered from customers who had purchased the kit version in the past. From there, the clock cabinet design was updated and the plan specification drawings were created. Long-time Klockit customers can rest assured… the new Delaware design will still include all the main features that made its predecessor so successful!

Main Re-design Features:

Perhaps the greatest feature of the original Delaware clock was the fact that, typical of many pinched waist designs from the past, the hood cabinet is completely removable from the case. This allows uncompromised access to the mechanical movement within and ease of any required movement adjustments during the set-up and regulation process.delaware-sample

To improve upon the assembly, changes were made to the back and floor panels to make them ½” thick for increased strength. The upper hood assembly was re-designed so that the clock face will seat directly in front of the dial board panel and so that the case can accommodate one of two different mechanical movement options. Finally, revisions were made to the base cabinet assembly to increase the height, making the clock more proportionate between base, waist, and hood cabinet assemblies.

What Can You Expect From the New Delaware Plan?

I am really excited because this is one of the more ambitious woodworking plan development projects Klockit has tackled since completion of the Mora Grandfather Clock Plan a few years prior. The Delaware clock plan will include a 70-page construction plan booklet which will cover all specifications for every wood part, detailing each part in (at least) two orthographic views.

The plan will also elaborate on machining suggestion steps for the more complex parts, and will include router bit recommendations to provide woodworkers with as much material as possible to achieve profiles as illustrated. As a final note, the plan will even include upper and lower glass panel specifications for ease of sourcing with local glass retailers.

As with all our plans, the Delaware will include a step-by-step written assembly instruction booklet which will be used in conjunction with a separate step-by-step illustrated assembly booklet. These fundamental documents will guide woodworkers through assembly of the entire case from beginning to end (to include movement and chime mounting).

The final booklet included with the plan will encompass full scale trace templates and machining templates for those wood pieces that are more complicated to make. Full-scale templates and/or machining templates will be provided for the arch cut-outs of the waist and hood door frame openings, the arch cut-out of the upper and lower door arched rails, the dial board cut-out, the crown front plate, front ogee swan-neck crown molding pieces, the decorative base molding cut-out, upper and lower door glass panel arches, and the finial.

A supporting component package, containing all the necessary hardware required to complete assembly, will be offered in conjunction with the plan package. This will include hinges, surface mount lock, key, key-plate (or escutcheon), turn-buttons, knobs, door catches, leg levelers, and all necessary fasteners for assembly.

Look for the Delaware Grandmother Clock PlanAvailable soon exclusively from Klockit!

Untitled-2Click the image above to view sample pages from the Delaware Grandmother Clock Plan, illustrating machining of the upper/lower waist door rails (left) and sub-assembly of the lower waist door (right).

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

Klockit Customer Creates Handcrafted Heirlooms For Loved Ones

Like many of you, Klockit customer Rich Didier is a talented woodworker that used his skill to create handcrafted heirlooms for his loved ones for Christmas this year. I was privileged to see the four clocks Rich made as gifts, and wanted to share them with our readers.

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How It All Began

I have enjoyed working with Rich on numerous woodworking projects, dating back to when Klockit first wanted to incorporate information for creating “Hard-To-Make” parts like crown moldings and split columns for our Churchill Grandfather Clock plans. Rich was instrumental in confirming that our ‘Step-By-Step” plan information was accurate by actually making the parts in his shop from our drawings.

Rich has completed more than 25 projects over the years, the most notable include building a Cooper Collection grandfather clock, and designing and building the Mora grandfather clock – which he later helped Klockit develop into a woodworking plan product. Rich also built various photography models for Klockit’s exclusive furniture plans that were used in the Klockit catalog and website.

From Kit to Plan

I only mention the background above to explain why I was not all that surprised when Rich informed me he wanted to build Klockit’s 40th Anniversary mantel clocks to give as Christmas gifts to family and friends. In fact, he wanted to make the clocks from raw lumber instead of from ready-to-assemble kits.

While Klockit had been discussing the possibility of offering a woodworking plan for the 40th Anniversary mantel clock, it had not yet been determined if it was feasible to develop a plan that could provide safe and practical methods for making some of the complex parts required to complete the clock.

When I explained my reservations about this clock kit becoming a woodworking plan, Rich volunteered to work with Klockit to confirm that complicated parts like the base plates and crown plates could be made by recreational woodworkers using typical woodworking equipment and tooling.

Over the course of a few months, I enjoyed working with Rich in perfecting the drawings and instructional information that would ultimately be included in Klockit’s 40th Anniversary mantel clock woodworking plan.

Plan Perfected

Once the plan was perfected, Rich built four 40th Anniversary mantel clocks for his friends and family for Christmas this year. Watch the video below to see the warm reaction from the recipients as they receive their gifts.

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Why We Do What We Do

The people in the video now have handcrafted heirlooms that will be treasured for years to come. The overall emotion from everyone is priceless and serves as an example of what many of our customers probably experience when they pass along their labors of love.

The entire Klockit team is fortunate and privileged to be a part of the process.

More On Rich

Rich’s career spans 34 years and began as a shop mechanic for forklift trucks.  From there, he ascended to road mechanic, then to technical support, and (finally) after-market sales to dealers and customers.  Prior to woodworking, Rich’s other hobbies included building and flying RC planes and scale model railroading.

Rich started woodworking with home remodeling projects approximately 30 years ago. He decided to remodel his own home; all of the wood trim, base molding, (etc) of his home was machined, stained, finished, and installed by Rich himself. After he retired, and had completed his home remodeling, woodworking quickly became a hobby.

Rich created an “Apple book” several years ago, which is a hardcover book that features all his woodworking projects.  He is currently working to complete a second edition, which features additional projects he has completed since he created his first book.

Written by: John Cooper

John spent the better part of the 28 years he was employed by Klockit, designing 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 new clock and furniture designs.