Thursday, July 13, 2017

Half Lap Picture Frames

My daughter asked me to frame some artwork that has pictures of her with her granddad.  I don't recall ever making half lap picture frames before, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to try it and add half laps to my bag of tricks.


I don't use my dado blade set much because it feels inconvenient to switch out the blades, but it really only takes a few minutes. The dado set makes cutting half laps and making picture frames a breeze.  I made some test cuts on a scrap piece to dial in the height of the blade to cut exactly half way through the board.  I use the fence as a stop to make sure the length of the half lap was exactly the same as the width of the frame pieces.

Half Lap Picture Frames by The Carmichael Workshop

I chose to cut the half laps on opposite faces of each board, so that one board would overlap the next board around the frame.  This gives the frames a more unique look as opposed to just two of the boards overlapping the other two boards.

Half Lap Picture Frames by The Carmichael Workshop

Spray lacquer really brought out the spalting patterns in this white oak.  I'm really pleased with how these turned out and they look great in my daughter's room.  I'll be using my dado blade set more often for other projects now.

Half Lap Picture Frames by The Carmichael Workshop



Friday, June 16, 2017

How to Make a DIY Makeup Organizer!

This DIY Makeup Organizer project was a special request from my beautiful daughter.  It's hard to believe that she is old enough for make-up!  Watch my video of this project, and if you know someone who would like one of these too, more details and measurements are provided below.


For this project, you will need some 1x4 boards from the home center, which are actually 3.5" wide.  Buy enough for four 12" pieces and two 26" pieces, plus a 13.5" long piece for the top.  I used a wider board for the top so that I could make it an arch, but a straight board would work just fine.


I found the wire mesh trays and pencil holders at the Dollar Tree dollar store.  The shelves are about 5.5" apart to allow for different size bottles and brushes.  If you buy different organizer bins, you may need to adjust the measurements so they will fit.


The top piece is 13.5" long with notches in each bottom corner so it overlaps the sides.  I used a wider board so I could make the arch, but another 12" straight piece of 1x4 would look nice too.


I cut my daughter's initials out of black walnut with the scroll saw and glued them on.  I think natural wood grain accents looks nice on painted projects.  You can use a coping saw to cut letters or buy wooden letters at a hobby store.  My daughter really likes the makeup organizer and I enjoyed making it for her...Win Win!



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sidebar Conversation Shop Update with RZ Mask Discount Code!

Here is my latest shop update video.  I haven't done one of these in 4 months so it's long overdue.  I follow up on some of my recent projects and talk about some other recent news.  Check it out.

Need a new dust mask?  Check out the RZ Mask at RZMask.com and get 15% off  your entire purchase with my affiliate discount code RZSteveC at checkout!  The M2 mesh mask with a velcro strap has been my main mask for the last year.  Their new version M2.5 is similar with traditional adjustable elastic straps instead of velcro.


Watch Sterling Davis' video below on the SCROLLNADO, then click here to check it out on Amazon.


Visit the Video Woodworkers website to get info on the upcoming event June 23-24 in Oklahoma!

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Graduate Picture Frame and Tassel Holder Project

My son is graduating from high school this year, so I made him a Graduation Picture Frame and Tassel holder.  Check out the video below and download my template if you know a 2017 graduate who deserves one.


The picture and glass are held in by a thin mitered frame in contrasting wood.  I used a plywood backer board and hot glue to secure the picture.

The Carmichael Workshop Graduation Picture Frame and Tassel Holder

I used a brass cuphook to hang the tassel.  Pre-drilling a small hole into the wood was a little tricky, but made screwing in the hook really easy.

The Carmichael Workshop Graduation Picture Frame and Tassel Holder

Drill small starter holes in each letter and number, then cut them out with a scroll saw.  I used a #3 blade, which cut through the maple nicely leaving a smooth finish.  If you have a graduate from another year, just use MS Word to print the year and replace the 2017.

The Carmichael Workshop Graduation Picture Frame and Tassel Holder

This was a fun project that was easy to complete in a weekend.  If you would like to make one of these for your graduate, please subscribe to my newsletter and download the template below.  When printing the template, select the ACTUAL SIZE option in printer settings to maintain scale.  Have fun!


The Carmichael Workshop Graduation Picture Frame and Tassel Holder