Saturday, October 27, 2018

Make a Custom Bluetooth Speaker!

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A Custom Bluetooth Speaker is a great project for getting people of all ages interested in woodworking, since everyone is so attached to their phones.  They also make great gifts.  Watch my video to learn how to make one out of 1/2" walnut and maple, then make one yourself!


Click here to see the kit that I used to make this Bluetooth Speaker.  They recommend an enclosure with internal volume of 0.3 cubic feet, or 518.4 cubic inches.  My design has internal dimensions of 10"x7"x7" which is 490 cubic inches.  Although it is slightly smaller, it sounds awesome!  Click here to download my plan for this project.


The kit comes with everything you need, except for the suggested two 1" Speaker Port Tubes (Part #260-470) which are sold separately.  I also ordered a nicer Amplifier-Style Volume Knob (Part #240-2206) that looks really classy.


An Audio-In jack is included in the kit.  I mounted this on the right side of the speaker so it is easily accessible.  This jack allows you the option to connect an external device using a 3.5mm audio cable, such as a CD player.


I mounted the power adapter jack on the back so it is out of the way and not visible.  The power adapter is also included in the kit.


I bought a set of four rubber feet from Ace Hardware.  They come with really short screws, so I chose to use longer 1.25" screws that will secure the feet and the bottom to the enclosure.  Make sure you drill pilot holes in the sides to avoid splitting the wood.


I used the cutting templates in my plan to cut the mating finger joints on the corners with a scroll saw.  This worked out great.  Just make sure to cut out the correct pieces so all sides mate up correctly.  Also check for square when gluing it together.  This was a fun project to make and perfect for Scroll Saw users.  I hope it inspires you to make one too.  Rock on!


Wiring Tip!  The picture below shows where to attach the red and black wires to the power jack for the kit I used.  Connect the red wire to the terminal on the end of the center post.  Connect the black wire to the middle terminal.  The other terminal is not used for this kit.  Use electrical tape or shrink tube to isolate each connection from touching each other.


Saturday, September 15, 2018

Make a Mobile Planer Stand with Dust Collection

I made a mobile stand to hold my Dewalt Planer with a Shop Vac and Dustright Separator underneath.  Check out the video to see how I made it.


This compact space-saving design allows me to always keep my planer set up and ready to use.


I measured carefully to make sure the Dustright Separator with hoses connected would fit underneath the fold-out planer table.  I did not extend the table top above it so that I could easily empty the bin when it's full.


I made the compartment for the Shop Vac as small as possible while still allowing me to remove it if necessary.


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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Sidebar 18 Shop Update

It's been 8 months since my last shop update, so I have a lot to catch up on.  In this video, I talk about my latest project videos, some new products I like, and what's going on in the shop.  I need to start posting these updates more regularly than every 8 months, LOL.


Below are links to the different sites and products I mentioned in the video.  Check them out!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Make a Shop Vac Hose Adapter with Fusion 360 and a 3D Printer!

Trying to find the right size adapters for shop vac hoses is so frustrating!  I don't think the size I need even exists, so I set out to design it using Fusion 360 so I can print one on my Prusa i3 3D Printer.  Check out the video below to see if it worked!


This was a very rewarding project.  I had never used Fusion 360 before and only printed a few small objects from Thingiverse on my 3D printer.  Now I feel confident that I can design and 3D print any parts that I need.  It's always awesome to learn a new skill.

Shop Vac Hose Adapter by The Carmichael Workshop

The adapter connects really well with a nice friction fit in both ends.  One end goes into the vac hose and the other end accepts the vac attachments.  It worked! 



Shop Vac Hose Adapter by The Carmichael Workshop

I would like to thank Bob at I Like to Make Stuff for sharing his knowledge in the video below.  This gave me a great head start for making my own.



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