Sunday, June 17, 2018

Make an Easy 2x4 Workbench

I designed this Easy 2x4 Workbench to organize my two new Ridgid 12 WD1280 gallon shop-vacs and six Harbor Freight hardware organizers.  It's a simple design that can be made with just 2x4s and plywood.  Watch my video then click here to get the plans!

This workbench is mobile and great for a small shop.  It can be customized to organize a variety of tools and storage bins.

Easy 2x4 Workbench by The Carmichael Workshop

The six Harbor Freight Hardware Storage Bins sit on runners.  I could probably fit another bin in there if I tightened up the space a little.

Easy 2x4 Workbench by The Carmichael Workshop

I used 3" casters from Harbor Freight that have an overall height of 3.75".  Keep in mind that using different size casters will change the overall height of the workbench.  I recommend casters with brakes to keep the workbench from moving.  Click here for a similar set of casters with 4" overall height on Amazon.

Easy 2x4 Workbench by The Carmichael Workshop

If you would like to build one too, click here to get the plans!  The plans include a materials list, measured drawings, cutting layouts, 18 photos, and 8 simple step-by-step assembly instructions.  I did my best to make it easy to build this project in one weekend.  It's a very sturdy bench and I plan to make more for my shop.

Easy 2x4 Workbench Plans by The Carmichael Workshop

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Make a Headphone Stand - Inventables Easel Power Hour Project

Inventables is hosting an Easel Power Hour Challenge contest during the month of June 2018.  They are giving away gift cards and an X-Carve CNC Machine.  In this video, I make a Headphone Stand as an example of a project that can be designed in their Easel software and carved in less than an hour.  Watch my video, then visit the Easel Power Hour Challenge page on the Inventables website for the contest rules.  Good luck!

The Headphone Stand looks great in my office.  This project can also be made using a scroll saw or other tools.  Click here to download my PDF cutting template.

Headphone Stand by The Carmichael Workshop

The headphone cord inserts perfectly into an oblong hole on the stand to keep it nice and tidy.  Plus, even the 1/4" adapter plug has a home.

Headphone Stand by The Carmichael Workshop

It is in the shape of a music note and it's cut from some really nice walnut for a classy look.  Now it's time for me to go listen to some music!  Later, Steve...

Headphone Stand by The Carmichael Workshop

Sunday, May 27, 2018

My First Bottle Stopper

I made my first Bottle Stopper out of pecan with the help of the fine folks at Stainless Bottle Stoppers.  Check out the video below.

Thanks to Stainless Bottle Stoppers for making it easy for me to get started in bottle stoppers.  I met them at the Atlanta Woodworking Show and mentioned I had never made one before.  One thing led to another and they sent me home with a free kit as long as I would share a video of making my first bottle stopper.  If you need some bottle stopper supplies, visit Stainless Bottle Stoppers for some great Made in USA products.

This project turned into a friendly competition between me and Freeman Woodworking.  We turned our first bottle stoppers, then shared pictures for people to vote on which one they like best and enter a giveaway for a Starter Kit on the Stainless Bottle Stoppers Instagram.  Go vote and enter if the deadline has not passed!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Making a CNC Serving Tray - An Inventables Easel and X-Carve Project

My wife requested that I make her a large Serving Tray to put on the ottoman of our new living room furniture.  This was a perfect project for the Inventables X-Carve CNC Machine.  Watch my video showing how I designed the project in the free Easel software and carved it on the X-Carve.

Anyone can create a FREE Easel account and design CNC projects, even if you don't have a CNC machine!  CLICK HERE to create your account and begin designing.  If you design a project, I would love to see it.  In Easel, click the File menu and choose Share, then click the Shared With Link option.  Copy the link and Save, then email the link to me at  I will review all projects submitted by June 6, 2018 and pick a few to carve out and ship back to the designers.  This is gonna be fun!

Do you have a CNC machine?  If so, click here to open my Easel project and carve one of these yourself!  The Serving Tray turned out great and my wife loves it!  It's made from ambrosia maple and hardwood plywood.  Wanna use regular tools?  Then, click here to download my FREE PDF Cutting Template for this project.  It's 21.5" square and just the right size for a large pizza!

CNC Serving Tray by The Carmichael Workshop

CNC Serving Tray by The Carmichael Workshop

CNC Serving Tray by The Carmichael Workshop