Sunday, May 26, 2013

Build a Garden Potting Bench out of pallets for FREE!

I built this Garden Potting Bench for free using just two pallets.  This project was inspired by Steve over at Woodworking for Mere Mortals.  It was a fun project and my wife loves it!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Make a Wooden License Plate for Your Vehicle

Do you live in a state or country that does not require an official license plate on the front of your vehicle?  If you do, then check out my video and create your own cool custom license plate!  If you don't, then check out my video and make one anyway!  A wooden license plate would make a great gift and these are easy to make with limited tools and experience.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Whirligig Wars 2013 is coming this July!

The second annual Whirligig Wars is coming July 10-23, 2013!  This yearly event is hosted by Laney Shaughnessy of A Simple Design of Ocala and Steve Ramsey of Woodworking for Mere Mortals.  

Last year's grand prize win was an awesome experience for me.  I had been out of woodworking for a few years and decided to get back into it after inheriting my father's bigger and better tools.  That's when I ran across the whirligig contest and thought that would be a great project to get me back into woodworking for fun.  Around that same time, I joined my local Gwinnett Woodworker's Association and one of the first meetings was a seminar on whirligigs from craftsman Wayne Martin, just in time for the Whirligig Wars contest.

So, I built the KISS Whirligig within 3 days of the contest deadline and ended up winning the grand prize, a Laguna Tools Driftmaster Fence System.  Below is my winning Kiss Whirligig contest entry video.  Winning this contest was the inspiration for me to begin making woodworking videos for my own YouTube channel, The Carmichael Workshop.  Thanks to Laney and Steve for hosting the contest, which turned out to be an unexpected life changing event for me last summer.  Now, I have to come up with something to top KISS this year!  Click here for more information on the Whirligig Wars 2013!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Make a Safety Station for Your Workshop

This is an easy DIY Safety Station that you can build for your woodworking shop using just a drill, a saw, scrap wood and some containers.  Marc Spagnuolo of The Wood Whisperer sponsors Woodworking Safety Day on May 1st of every year, and this video is my show of support for 2013.  Customize your own Safety Station to fit your needs and make sure you always have your safety gear nearby.  Remember to be safe in the workshop and have fun!