Thursday, March 15, 2018

2018 Makers Rock Album Art Collab Announcement

The Makers Rock Album Art Collaboration is coming March 20th on YouTube.  This time about 35 woodworkers/makers are reproducing 90's rock album covers and giving them away!  I'm making the Foo Fighters' "The Colour and The Shape".  Watch my announcement video for more info, then subscribe to all of the channels listed below so you can see all of the cool projects.

Subscribe to the channels below so you can see all of the 90's rock album art project videos and enter for a chance to win the giveaways!

Alex Krause
Andrew Setters
Awesome Wood Things
Carl Jacobson
CO Schwenke & Son
Cross Cut Creations
Dylan's DIY Workshop
Escagedo Woodworking
Fun With Woodworking
Harneal Media
Herb Lichtenberg
Javi's Wood Shop
Kaged Creations
Know What Mom Knows
Make it Soph 
John Clothier
Miter Mike's Woodshop
Odessa Woodworking and Maker Shop
OJ Woodworking Crafts
portal woodworks
SoCoMO woodwork
Southern Ginger Workshop
Taste The Code
Templeboy Turnings
The Carmichael Workshop
Wallman Woodshop 
Waylight Creations
Wood Frontier
The Woodgineer

Watch my channel on Tuesday for this Foo Fighters album made out of wood and enter my giveaway here on my website!

The Carmichael Workshop Makers Rock 2018 Foo Fighters


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Make a Laptop Wall Mount with Articulating Arm

I made a wall mount for my 17" HP laptop.  It has an articulating arm for a wide range of motion for positioning the laptop.  Watch the video below and if you would like to make one too, click here to download the PDF plan.

I made this wall mount using some scrap maple, walnut, and Baltic birch.  It is nice to have a dedicated place for my laptop in the workshop when running the CNC machine or just watching YouTube videos.

DIY Laptop Wall Mount with Articulating Arm

The hardware is readily available at the big box store.  All of the details about the hardware I used are in the PDF plan.

Laptop Wall Mount

This wall mount is perfect for my 17" laptop that weighs about six pounds.  If you will be mounting a larger or heavier laptop, I suggest making a more beefy mounting arm.

Laptop Articulating Arm

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