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Forum topic by dpoisson posted 02-16-2011 09:14 PM 1156 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-16-2011 09:14 PM

Howdy, I’m still in my early days of woodworking. I don’t have all the tools, nor the experience to tackle some of the bigger projects yet. I’m taking a class to learn tips and tricks…

Until I can do stuff on my own, I was wondering what kits are available to do projects. I once saw a build-a-bow kit, hock’s plane kit, etc.

What have you done from a kit? Links to a project’s page?




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#1 posted 02-16-2011 11:02 PM

In my earlier days I did several kit projects. I particularly liked clocks from Many of their kits come with the plan, components and pre-cut wood. Some of them allow you to buy just the plan and components and you supply your own wood. That’s what I prefer to do.

If you interested in clocks, another source is Emperor Clocks. I built a grandfather clock from one of their kits over 20 years ago. It was an enjoyable experience. It is made of oak and, according to my wife, oak is not welcome in our house anymore. I’m planning to extract the components and build my own clock from maple with some exotic wood accents. This time I will “do my own thing” and not work from a plan.

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#2 posted 02-16-2011 11:51 PM

I agree with Rich, the clock kits from Emperor are really nice. Built two Grandmother clocks a long time ago. They are still working today.

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#3 posted 02-17-2011 02:35 AM

I’ve had a box joint jig kit around the shop for 3 or 4 years. I’m going to build it someday.


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#4 posted 02-17-2011 03:11 AM

I built a garden shed from a kit with a friend a few years ago. Not exactly fine woodworking, but it held up to Hurricane Ike just fine even though the roof on his house ended up somewhere near Dallas I think…

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#5 posted 02-23-2011 06:39 PM

Ohh, I’d love to build a clock from a kit. That would be really rewarding I believe.

I was browsing around and found that grizzly offers musical instruments (ukelele) kits! I believe I’ll purchase one for my dad and we’ll build it together. That should be a lot of fun. Anyone ever tried making one of them?



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#6 posted 02-23-2011 07:07 PM

Not kits, but I liked to find magazine articles with plans and use them to get started. If you can find one close by, a guided class is also very enjoyable. Built my handplane that way.

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