Saturday, May 18, 2019

Making a Rubik's Cube Birdhouse

I built this birdhouse to look like a classic 1980's Rubik's Cube.  Watch my video of the process and read further for more information and pictures.

To make the birdhouse, I tilted my table saw blade to 45 degrees, then cut six 9" squares with bevels on all sides.  I drilled a 1.5" hole in the front and glued together the sides and top.

Carmichael Workshop Rubik's Cube Birdhouse

I glued a cross piece in the bottom opening so that I would have something to screw the bottom to.  I also drilled some ventilation/drainage holes inside the grooves on the yellow bottom piece.

Carmichael Workshop Rubik's Cube Birdhouse

Just for fun to finish it off, I printed the classic Rubik's Cube logo on a label and stuck it on.

Carmichael Workshop Rubik's Cube Birdhouse

I made a display stand for it.  It's just a square piece of plywood with three boards glued on in the shape of a triangle.  It will probably remain on display in my shop with all of my other crazy birdhouses.  Click here to check those out too!

Carmichael Workshop Rubik's Cube Birdhouse

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Making an Autographed Van Halen CD Frame with the Inventables X-Carve

Back in 1988, I won an autographed Van Halen CD from the Rockline radio show.  It's hard to believe that was over 30 years ago!  I think it's past time to build a display frame for it.  I put my Inventables X-Carve CNC Machine to work to make a cool Van Halen striped frame out of cherry and maple.  Watch the video below, then read further for more details and pictures.

This is a CD single for the song Black and Blue from Van Halen's OU812 album.  It is signed by Eddie, Alex, Michael, and Sammy.  Van Halen is my favorite rock band, so this is a cool thing to have.

I kept the letter that Rockline sent with the CD to prove the authenticity of the autographs.  It has a sketch of an old phone plugged into a boombox to represent calling into a radio show, which looks dated but kinda cool.

I had to be really careful when preparing the blank for this project.  The X-Carve is very accurate, so my frame had to be perfectly square so that the CNC could carve the stripes in the correct place and centered around the frame border.

The frame looks great in the EVH corner of my office.  I should have framed this CD 30 years ago!  Oh well, better late than never.  I hope this project gives you some ideas for framing autographs or other memorabilia.  If you would like to check out this project in the Inventables Easel software, click here to open my project.  You can even carve one yourself if you have an X-Carve.

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Wooden Tesla Album Cover for Makers Rock 2019

I reproduced Tesla's "Mechanical Resonance" album cover out of wood for the 2019 Makers Rock Album Art Collaboration on YouTube!  Check out my video and enter my giveaway for a chance to win this artwork.  Don't forget to watch the other participants' videos in this Makers Rock Playlist and enter their giveaways too!

Here is a picture of the wooden Tesla album artwork I created.  This was a fun project to make and I can't wait to do another album next year.  If you are interested in the next Makers Rock event, keep an eye on the Makers Rock Website for updates.

Makers Rock Tesla Album Cover Art by The Carmichael Workshop

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Friday, February 15, 2019

How to Make a Rustic Toy Box

I made this Rustic Toy Box for a relative based on a picture they sent me.  It's made from 1x4 furring strips and can be built using limited tools.  Watch my video, then read further for details and download my plan to make one yourself.

This project requires a minimum of eight 8-foot 1x4 furring strips that are readily available at the home center.  Take your time and be selective when you pick out the boards.  Make sure they are straight and check for any defects.  I suggest buying one or two extra boards since they are so inexpensive, in case you discover defects later or you make a mistake.

Click here to download my plan for this project.  Cut all of the pieces to size then assemble it using a nail gun and glue.  You can also use a hammer and nails or screws.  Note that the furring strips can vary in width a little, so always measure your actual pieces in case you need to adjust the plan.  I used 1/2 rope for handles and a pair of strap hinges.  I used hardboard for the bottom.

Lid supports come in both a left version and a right version, so I installed one on each side of the toy box.

I finished the toy box with Minwax Wood Conditioner, then Minwax Provincial Stain, and sprayed it with two coats of Satin Polyurethane.  The toy box turned out great and will only look better after lots of use and abuse.