Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Convert a 1937 Philco Radio into a Bluetooth Speaker!

My great grandparents' 1937 Philco Radio no longer works, but it looks really cool.  I plan to do some research to see if the radio can be repaired, but in the meantime, I decided to convert it into a Bluetooth speaker.  Watch my video to see how I did it.

This is a Model 37-60 AM radio, so it is 80 years old.  It does not work, so I am sure that all of the electronics need to be tested and some parts will need to be replaced to get it working again.  This will take lots of time and patience.  So, I think that the Bluetooth speaker will be fun to use while I look into getting the radio repaired, plus it looks awesome!

The Carmichael Workshop 1937 Philco Radio Bluetooth Speaker

I used the Oontz Angle 3 Ultra Portable Bluetooth Speaker for this project.  I chose this speaker because it will fit inside the radio, it got good reviews and sounds good, plus it stays on in standby mode if you keep it plugged into an outlet.  I will not have to reach into the back of the cabinet to turn it on, which is a huge convenience.  I made a mount to hold the Bluetooth speaker using the original speaker screws.  I used a pine board with dowels to attach the radio knobs.  I printed a Bluetooth logo to cover the radio dial opening, and positioned an LED USB Extension Cable behind it to light it up in the dark.  I covered the light with foil to reflect it toward the front.

1937 Philco Radio Bluetooth Speaker

If you come across an antique radio like this one, I encourage you not to turn it on until it has been checked by an electrician.  I know it's hard to resist turning it on, but doing so can do irreparable  harm to the electronic parts.

1937 Philco 37-60 Radio Bluetooth Speaker

Check out all of the wiring in this radio.  It really is amazing that this radio has lasted over 80 years.  I have no idea where to start with the repair, but I intend to find out.  Thanks for checking out my 1937 Bluetooth Speaker!

1937 Philco Radio Wiring

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Sidebar Conversation Shop Update

Here's a quick shop update video about what's going on in and around my workshop.  I haven't done one of these in 8 months so it's long overdue.  There are a couple of cool events coming up and I've got some new project videos coming soon.  Below the video are links to everything I mention in the video.  Check it out!

I was recently invited as guest on the Makers International Podcast.  Check out the recording of the episode below.  Thanks for having me on the show!  

On the podcast, they talked about how I smile a lot in my videos and asked me to do my best mean face.  This is the best I could do.  LOL

Steve Carmichael on Makers International Podcast

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Make a DIY Monitor Stand for a Smart TV

I made a DIY monitor stand for my new Vizio 24" Smart TV.  The stand has a height adjustment that can put the TV at eye level for computer use.  Check out the video and pictures below.

I created a set of cutting templates for this project.  Click here to download the PDF of my templates.  This stand is designed for a Vizio D24F Smart TV, so you may have to adjust the templates if you are making this project for a different TV.

DIY Monitor TV Stand by The Carmichael Workshop

The Vizio D24F Smart TV has mounting holes that are 10cm apart on center.  The holes require four metric M4 screws.  I used 16mm long screws that were too short to go through 3/4" lumber, so I drilled counter-bores to recess the screws.  Make sure there is only about 1/4" of screw that goes into the TV to prevent the screw from damaging internal components.

DIY Monitor TV Stand by The Carmichael Workshop

I made my own adjustment knob using epoxy and a 1/4"-20 bolt cut to size.  It screws into a standard 1/4"-20 threaded insert in the bracket.  This worked out great and saved me time and money by eliminating a trip to the hardware store.

DIY Monitor TV Stand by The Carmichael Workshop

Isn't that walnut just beautiful?  This was an easy custom project that can be made with just a jig saw and a drill.  If you need a monitor stand, try making one yourself!

DIY Monitor TV Stand by The Carmichael Workshop

PROJECT UPDATE!  After using the stand for a few days, I realized that the back of the TV is a little rounded, and as a result, the monitor was tilted forward slightly.  I decided to cut the bottom of the upright piece at a 3-degree angle so the monitor would tilt back a little.  This simple fix did the trick!

TV Monitor Stand by The Carmichael Workshop

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Make 15 Picture Frames with a Scroll Saw!

I created an eBook of 15 Scroll Saw Picture Frames for a presentation I did for the Gwinnett Woodworkers Association.  Check out the video below, and if you like what you see, Click Here to purchase my eBook of all 15 templates!

I made all of these projects using my Dewalt DW788 Scroll Saw.  If you have other tools, such as a tablesaw, you can use them to prepare your blanks and make most of the straight cuts to save some time.  If you don't have a scroll saw, you can use a jig saw for most of the interior cuts and a coping saw for the fine-detailed interior cuts.

Here is a low-res preview of my eBook of 15 Scroll Saw Picture Frames in case you are wondering what's included.  It contains 50 pages of templates, photos, and information for making these picture frames.

Scroll Saw Picture Frame eBook Thumbnails by The Carmichael Workshop
Let's take a closer look at each picture frame.  All of these frames consist of a main board with an opening cut for a photo, then a smaller face frame is glued on top to hold the picture in.  Check them out and enjoy!  Happy woodworking!
Alphabet Picture Frame by The Carmichael Workshop
Alphabet Frame

Baseball Picture Frame by The Carmichael Workshop
Baseball Frame

Soccer Picture Frame by The Carmichael Workshop
Basketball Frame

Captain's Wheel Picture Frame by The Carmichael Workshop
Captain's Wheel Frame

Circle Picture Frame by The Carmichael Workshop
Circle Frame Key Holder

Clock Picture Frame by The Carmichael Workshop
Clock Picture Frame

Cube Picture Frame by The Carmichael Workshop
Cube Frame

Curved Picture Frame by The Carmichael Workshop
Curved Frame

Diamond Picture Frame by The Carmichael Workshop
Diamond Frame

Football Picture Frame by The Carmichael Workshop
Football Frame

Gravity Defying Picture Frame by The Carmichael Workshop
Gravity Defying Picture Frame

Hinged Picture Frame by The Carmichael Workshop
Hinged Frame

Music Note Picture Frame by The Carmichael Workshop
Music Note Frame

Rocket Picture Frame by The Carmichael Workshop
Rocket Frame

Soccer Picture Frame by The Carmichael Workshop
Soccer Frame