Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Make a Guitar Effect Pedal Board

I made a Guitar Effect Pedal Board about two years ago, and of course, my collection of pedals has changed a lot.  I challenged myself to make one with my Inventables X-Carve CNC Machine.  It's made from 1/2" Baltic Birch plywood with holes in the top for routing cables under the board.  Check out my video of this project below.

I designed this project using the Inventables EASEL online software.  There are three cut jobs in the project, a Top Board, 2 Side Pieces, and a Front Cover.  I used a pattern from the Easel Pro library to V-Carve a cool diamond pattern on the sides.  Click here to open my EASEL project to see how it's designed and make one yourself.

Easel Pro Pedal Board Design

It took about 2 hours of machine time to cut all of the parts using the default settings, which are very conservative.  I did a two-stage carve on the two side pieces.  I used a V-Bit to carve the diamond pattern, then used an 1/8" straight bit to cut out the shapes.

CNC Pedal Board Sides

I cut the Front and Back covers to the correct height with a 7 degree bevel to line up with the angle of the side pieces.  I glued the four sides together, then glued that assembly to the underside of the top.  The bottom was screwed on for easy access to run the cables inside the board.  I added non-skid rubber pads to the bottom of the board.

CNC Pedal Board Glue Up

The pedal board is finished with Deft Clear Wood Finish Satin spray lacquer.  I attached the pedals using Velcro strips.  I highly recommend these Flat Guitar Patch Cables for saving space between the pedals.  Thanks for checking out my pedal board project!

CNC Pedal Board

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Making a Jewelry Box with the Inventables X-Carve CNC Machine

Previously I made a Jewelry Box for my daughter using the bandsaw.  It was a fancy bandsaw box.  I thought it would be fun to challenge myself to make one with my Inventables X-Carve CNC Machine.  I designed a more modern box with shallow drawers and more compartments for separating the jewelry.  I think it turned out pretty awesome!  Check out my video of this project below.

I designed this project using the Inventables free EASEL online software.  The project workspace has 4 tabs at the bottom.  Tabs 1-3 are used to actually cut the parts from 3/4" maple and cherry boards.  The 4th tab contains my original design drawings so anyone can customize the design to fit their needs.  Click here to open my EASEL project to see how it's designed and make one yourself.

EASEL Design

It took about 4 hours of machine time to cut all of the parts using the default settings, which are very conservative.  That's ok, because I got a lot of other stuff done while the machine was hard at work.

X-Carve CNC Machine

I purchased some 1/4" aluminum rod from the home center and cut six pieces that are 3/4" long for the drawer pulls.  I used the drill to spin them while I smoothed them out with sandpaper and gave them a brushed look.  These look great and were super cheap.

Aluminum Drawer Pulls

The design contained alignment holes and I used some pieces of bamboo skewers as pins to keep the boards from sliding around during glue up.

Gluing Up the Box

I applied my favorite finish which is Deft Clear Wood Finish Satin Spray Lacquer and the box came out great.  Thanks for checking out my project!

CNC Jewelry Box


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Saturday, November 28, 2020

Making Miniature Road Signs with a Scroll Saw

There are a lot of cool road signs out there and some are fantastic pieces of artwork!  I decided to pick my favorite signs that remind me of road trips with my family or landmarks in my hometown.  Watch my video below to see which road signs I picked and how I made miniature versions of them my scroll saw.

When I was young, my family would pack up the Ford station wagon and head to the beach in Florida.  On the way, we would pass time by playing a Road Sign Alphabet Game.  Start by finding a sign that contains letter A and call it out.  Then look for a sign with letter B.  Keep hunting signs for each letter, then whoever gets to the end and finds a sign with Z on it first wins.  I always wondered if anyone else playing this road trip game.

Holiday Inn Sign

These signs are made using a technique called "Segmentation".  Basically, you place a cutting template on a piece of wood, then cut the parts of the sign with the scroll saw.  Separate the parts to sand and paint them, then glue them back together to make the finished sign.

The Varsity Sign

If you would like to make some signs yourself, click here to download templates for the signs I selected.  For other signs, a simple Google Images search should find a logo or picture that you can use as a template.

Big Chicken

These signs would make great personalized gifts for people.  If you know someone who has a favorite vacation spot, restaurant, hometown landmark, or maybe is passionate about a company that they worked for, then make them a sign.  These could also be used for model railroad displays if you can cut them to scale.  Have fun!

Miniature Road Signs

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Make a Keychain Display Rack

Whenever I travel to some place new, I get a keychain for my keychain collection.   I have about 50 keychains in a plastic bag that I would like to display in my office, so I decided to make a Keychain Display Rack.  Check out my video of this project below.

I designed this project using the Inventables free EASEL online software to design the project.  I added the title of the Dr. Seuss book "Oh, the Places You'll Go" at the top and a grid of 54 holes.  The text at the top can be customized or removed to fit more keychains.  I used a precut piece of Baltic Birch Plywood that is 24" wide x 30" tall x .5" thick for this project.  Click here to open my EASEL project to see how it's designed.

The Carmichael Workshop Keychain Display Design

I used my X-Carve CNC Woodworking Machine from Inventables to carve the letters and drill all of the holes.

The Carmichael Workshop X-Carve CNC

I purchased enough Axel Pegs from Hobby Lobby to fill up the board and glued them into the holes.  I used a small square to make sure they were straight.  These pegs can hold several keychains as I expect my collection to grow.

The Carmichael Workshop Keychain Display Rack

I trimmed the edges of the board with some 1/2" angle aluminum which looks really cool.  These are mitered in the corners and screwed into the sides of the plywood.  Did you know that you can cut aluminum with regular woodworking saws?  I used my bandsaw.

The Carmichael Workshop Keychain Display

Below is the final project with all of my keychains hanging on it.  Each keychain brings back special memories whenever I look through them.  I love having this in my office.  Thanks for checking out my project!

The Carmichael Workshop Keychain Display

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