Saturday, March 30, 2013

Dad...I'm bored!

The next time a kid says "I'm bored and have nothing to do.", cut their name out of wood and I bet they will watch!  Just use MS Word to print out their name in really big letters, then stick it onto a piece of wood and cut it out.  I cut most of this one with the bandsaw, except I used a scroll saw for the interior cut on the "N".  It's made of red cedar and glued to a pine base.  I left it unfinished because the cedar smells so good.


Monday, March 25, 2013

Weekend at The Woodworking Show Atlanta 2013

I spent the weekend at The Woodworking Show in Atlanta March 22-24, 2013.  I was helping out with our Gwinnett Woodworkers Association's booth.  In case you missed it or the show did not come to your town, here are some video clips I captured.  There were lots of great demonstrations, tools for sale, and amazing projects on display.  I got a lot of great ideas for future projects.  Stick around until the end to see the Project Showcase winners.  I recommend going to The Woodworking Show next season if it comes to a town near you.  Visit The Woodworking Shows!

Friday, March 22, 2013

The Woodworking Show Day 1 - Atlanta

I had a great day at The Woodworking Show in Atlanta today!  I got to hang out with my woodworking buddies all day and try out new tools.  Lots of people stopped by our booth to check out our projects and we got lots of great compliments.  My Kiss Whirligig was featured on The Woodworking Shows Facebook page which was really cool.  Now it's time to get some rest and do it all over again tomorrow.


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Mount a FastCap SuperMount to a Stand with Wood

I won a FastCap SuperMount in a logo contest over at It's a spring-tension clamp that holds phones, mp3 players and cameras. I drilled a couple of holes in a piece of beechwood to mount it onto my cymbal stand. I used a 1/4" carriage bolt to fasten the clamp to the wood. Now I have a secure place to put my phone when I'm playing drums. It's also great to have my phone right in front of me when playing along to the metronome or music on my phone. My band played a 2-hour show and the phone did not move at all.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Make a Wood Sign with a Scroll Saw

I made a wood sign for my workshop using a scroll saw.  The pieces are cut from a single 1/2" pine board and glued onto a backer board with Titebond II wood glue.  The backer board is a regular piece of 1/4" plywood that is painted with flat black spray paint.  I used blue tape to mask off a border around the edge of the sign.  I applied a protective coat of spray lacquer to finish it off.  Drums by Steve Carmichael ;)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

One of My First Projects

I posted earlier about remembering some of the first woodworking projects I made early on in my woodworking journey.  I visited my mom today and looked in my old room and found one of them.  It's the log cabin I made probably when I was around 10 or so years old.  I think I could make a much better one now.  This one looks like a delicious chocolate and marshmallow layered s'more!  lol

cabin project

Friday, March 8, 2013

The Woodworking Show is coming to Atlanta's Gwinnett Center!

The Woodworking Show is coming to Atlanta on March 22-24 at the Gwinnett Center.  I'll be helping out in our Gwinnett Woodworkers Association booth.  We will have scroll saw and lathe demonstrations, as well as lots of cool member projects on display.  If you come to the show, stop by the GWA booth and say hi!

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Remembering My First Projects

I started woodworking when I was a kid in the 1970's and I was trying to remember my first woodworking projects today.   These are some of the ones I can remember.

  • I built a birdhouse with my father from a kit with pre-cut boards.

  • I cut a dowel rod into short pieces and stacked them together with glue to make a small log cabin.

  • I built a coat rack using pieces of a 2x4 as the base and a 2x2 as a post.  I attached 4 brass coat hooks at the top.
I'll have to look for those the next time I visit my mom.  I did find the Handy Andy tool kit that my dad gave me and the little blue saw is the only tool left.  I wore that thing out.  Now I keep my soldering iron and supplies in the box.
Handy Andy Tool Set Saw


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The World's Longest Bandsaw Box

This 4-foot bandsaw box is my entry for a 2x4 contest over at Summers Woodworking. It's made from a single 2x4 stud from Home Depot.  Check out all the contest entry videos here.  Download my PDF template here.

Welcome to my new website!

Ok, I finally decided to jump in and create a new website for my workshop.  Stay tuned to keep up with what I'm doing on my wife's side of the garage.  I'm looking forward to sharing more content here and also selling some of my custom projects at my online store (as soon as I make some more lol).  Thanks, Steve...