Top 3 Woodworking Projects for 2016

The New Year is here and we’re kicking it off by sharing our top 3 woodworking and clock projects from last year. We have a wide variety of customers at different skill levels, and our top 3 projects are proof of that! Continue reading

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How To: Increase Output in Your Woodworking Shop

Looking to increase output in your woodworking shop the smart way? Mr. Randy Sharp from Sawdust Inn recently conducted an analysis of a woodworking project to compare how much time was spent setting up machines to make cuts verses the time spent making the cuts. The results? Very surprising! See them here. Continue reading

Selecting the Best Wood for Your Next Woodworking Project

Like many woodworkers I’ve spent considerable time and effort setting up my shop and equipping it with the right tools to produce a wide variety of home décor items. I just haven’t been able to dedicate as much effort to understanding everything I should know about selecting the best lumber for each project. Continue reading

Grandfather Clock Build: The Reveal!

Randy Sharp from Sawdust Inn recently finished his first grandfather clock! It may have took a little longer than Randy had hoped, but he did a fantastic job on one of the most important stages of a clock build…the finishing.

Instead of staining his project, Randy wanted the naturally dark cherry color of the wood to shine through. So he began by sanding all the parts with finer courses of sandpaper, finishing with a hand-sanding to 220 grit paper.

Then he helped the aging process by exposing the clock assembly to the UV rays of direct sunlight. Thanks to two sunny days, the cherry was noticeably darker! Randy then added a generous coat of Boiled Linseed Oil to help move it towards a rich golden brown. Last but not least, he finished it off with three coats of polyurethane for long-lasting protection. As nature takes it course, the clock will eventually reach a rich, deep crimson red.

Here’s a sneak peek of his finished project! See the full reveal here.

Randy Sharp grandfather clock build

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.

12 Tips to Get Your Shop Organized for Fall Projects

After some time away from woodworking due to a knee replacement, I recently ventured out to my shop to get started on some projects for upcoming fall and winter craft shows.

Woodworking Shop

I spent a couple of hours looking over my machinery and tried to find hand tools and supplies. They were not where they were supposed to be, so I decided that the smartest use of my time would be to get organized!

Most of you are probably more diligent than I am about performing shop maintenance. But if you haven’t tidied up your shop lately, I would recommend it! The tips below will help you get organized and smoothly move forward with woodworking projects this fall season.

12 tips to get your shop organized for Fall projects:

(1) Perform a thorough cleaning of your dust collection system and shop vacuum filters.

(2) Check all lighting and make sure overhead lighting fixtures are dust-free.

(3) Make sure heaters and furnaces are clean and exhaust fans are working properly.

(4) Check all electrical outlets and switches to make sure they are dust-free.

(5) Check all machinery power cords to make sure they are safe.

(6) Organize hand tools, boring bits, drill bits, saws, and files.

(7) Check all miter and rip fences to make sure all adjustment calibrations are correct.

(8) Perform test cuts to make sure power saw blades are capable of making cleaning cuts without burning or other problems.

(9) Check planer blades and jointer blades for signs of wear or damage and perform necessary maintenance.

(10) Check condition of band saw blades and blade tension. If necessary, replace worn blade guides.

(11) Make sure you have an adequate supply of lumber required for pending projects. And of course consumables, such as sandpaper, wood stains, finishes, and wood glues.

(12) Do you have enough wood clamps? Make sure your wood clamp assortment is adequate and that all clamping is in good order.

We hope these tips will help you get organized and perform at your best! Do you have any tips to share? Post them 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.

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!

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!