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.



Using affiliate links to purchase items from Amazon helps support my shop.  Thanks!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Make a Vinyl Record Album Wall Display

We have a large vinyl record collection that has been stored in crates and taking up floor space.  I made three display racks so that we could mount 180 lbs of vinyl records on the wall.  Watch my video below, then continue reading to learn more about this project and download the PDF plan.


Vinyl record albums are very heavy.  I used 1x6 lumber for for the base of the shelves, so about a 5-inch thick stack of records would fit comfortably with some wiggle room so we can flip through the records.  I fastened the display racks securely to wall studs with several long screws and washers to hold the weight.

Vinyl Record Storage by The Carmichael Workshop

Each 5-inch stack of records weighs about 15 lbs.  Each rack holds four stacks for a total of 60 lbs of records.  I made three racks, so that adds up to about 180 lbs of vinyl record albums.  Wow!

Vinyl Record Storage by The Carmichael Workshop

Here is a close-up of the end of one rack so you can see how the pieces are joined together.  If you would like to make these display racks, click here to download my PDF plan.

Vinyl Record Storage by The Carmichael Workshop

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