Friday, June 16, 2017

How to Make a DIY Makeup Organizer!

This DIY Makeup Organizer project was a special request from my beautiful daughter.  It's hard to believe that she is old enough for make-up!  Watch my video of this project, and if you know someone who would like one of these too, more details and measurements are provided below.

For this project, you will need some 1x4 boards from the home center, which are actually 3.5" wide.  Buy enough for four 12" pieces and two 26" pieces, plus a 13.5" long piece for the top.  I used a wider board for the top so that I could make it an arch, but a straight board would work just fine.

I found the wire mesh trays and pencil holders at the Dollar Tree dollar store.  The shelves are about 5.5" apart to allow for different size bottles and brushes.  If you buy different organizer bins, you may need to adjust the measurements so they will fit.

The top piece is 13.5" long with notches in each bottom corner so it overlaps the sides.  I used a wider board so I could make the arch, but another 12" straight piece of 1x4 would look nice too.

I cut my daughter's initials out of black walnut with the scroll saw and glued them on.  I think natural wood grain accents looks nice on painted projects.  You can use a coping saw to cut letters or buy wooden letters at a hobby store.  My daughter really likes the makeup organizer and I enjoyed making it for her...Win Win!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sidebar Conversation Shop Update with RZ Mask Discount Code!

Here is my latest shop update video.  I haven't done one of these in 4 months so it's long overdue.  I follow up on some of my recent projects and talk about some other recent news.  Check it out.

Need a new dust mask?  Check out the RZ Mask at and get 15% off  your entire purchase with my affiliate discount code RZSteveC at checkout!  The M2 mesh mask with a velcro strap has been my main mask for the last year.  Their new version M2.5 is similar with traditional adjustable elastic straps instead of velcro.

Watch Sterling Davis' video below on the SCROLLNADO, then click here to check it out on Amazon.

Visit the Video Woodworkers website to get info on the upcoming event June 23-24 in Oklahoma!

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Graduate Picture Frame and Tassel Holder Project

My son is graduating from high school this year, so I made him a Graduation Picture Frame and Tassel holder.  Check out the video below and download my template if you know a 2017 graduate who deserves one.

The picture and glass are held in by a thin mitered frame in contrasting wood.  I used a plywood backer board and hot glue to secure the picture.

The Carmichael Workshop Graduation Picture Frame and Tassel Holder

I used a brass cuphook to hang the tassel.  Pre-drilling a small hole into the wood was a little tricky, but made screwing in the hook really easy.

The Carmichael Workshop Graduation Picture Frame and Tassel Holder

Drill small starter holes in each letter and number, then cut them out with a scroll saw.  I used a #3 blade, which cut through the maple nicely leaving a smooth finish.  If you have a graduate from another year, just use MS Word to print the year and replace the 2017.

The Carmichael Workshop Graduation Picture Frame and Tassel Holder

This was a fun project that was easy to complete in a weekend.  If you would like to make one of these for your graduate, please subscribe to my newsletter and download the template below.  When printing the template, select the ACTUAL SIZE option in printer settings to maintain scale.  Have fun!

The Carmichael Workshop Graduation Picture Frame and Tassel Holder

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Making a Shadow Box Display Case for a US Army Veteran's Cane

This week I had the honor of making a Shadow Box Display Case for a cane that belonged to a United States Army P.O.W.

This project was made from Poplar with Western Red Cedar splines.  I cut a rabbet on one side of each board to accept the 1/4" plywood back.  I also cut a groove on the other side of each board to accept the front clear acrylic panel.

This U.S. Army Veteran was a Staff Sergeant, so I added a stripes emblem made from Poplar and Walnut.

The family provided me some information to make a small plaque for the display case.  I used my Inventables X-Carve to carve the plaque.  It does a much better job at carving letters than I ever could.  I sprayed the plaque with a few coats of lacquer, then sprayed flat black paint into the letters.  I wiped off the surface paint with mineral spirits and sanded any remaining paint off, then sprayed a few more coats of lacquer to seal it.

I found the perfect U.S Army fabric for the background at Walmart of all places, and attached it with spray adhesive.  I attached a picture hanging wire to the back for easy hanging.  There is room for the family to add pictures or other items into the shadow box.  This was a fun and inspirational project.  Thank you Mr. Perkins for your service!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Polkadot Paddle of Love

I received a custom order for a Polkadot Paddle.  Apparently custom wooden paddles are a thing!  This was a quick and easy project that I was able to make and ship in just two days.   Check out the video!

The paddle is 5.5" wide and 24" long.  If you or someone you know would love to have a Polkadot Paddle, click here to download my free template!

The Carmichael Worikshop Polkadot Paddle

Friday, March 24, 2017

Makers Rock Van Halen II Album Artwork and Giveaway!

Makers Rock is back!  This time the theme was 1960's and 70's album artwork and I recreated the cover for Van Halen II.  Check out the video below and then scroll down on this page to enter my giveaway to win it!

I am giving away the wooden Van Halen II album artwork with stand.  The real vinyl album is NOT included, because I will be needing that this Summer!

Enter the Giveaway Below Using Facebook or Email!

This giveaway is for legal residents 18 and older in the USA ONLY (sorry International friends).  You must enter before 11:59pm Pacific on March 30th, because I'm drawing a winner randomly on March 31st.  The random winner will display automatically in this Rafflecopter widget thingy and I will notify the winner by email.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond before I move on and select a different winner.  Good luck and rock on!

Click here to watch all of the Makers Rock 2017 Album Art videos!

Disclaimer:  YouTube and Google are NOT affiliated with this giveaway in any way.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Makers Rock 2017 Announcement!

Makers Rock is back!  On Friday, March 24th, watch YouTube for 1960's and 70's album art project videos from several makers.  Watch this video for more info and subscribe to all of the channels below so you don't miss any of them.  Oh yeah, we are giving them away too!

Makers Rock 2017 Participants:
Click here catch up on last year's 2016 Makers Rock event!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

DIY Road Case for Live Audio Gear

I made a DIY Road Case for my son's band Mirthless.  Check out this video of the build plus footage of the band using the road case live on stage in Atlanta.

I enjoy making projects that combine my woodworking and live music hobbies.  When my son needed a road case for his audio gear, I got to work.  The road case holds his laptop in a drawer, a digital audio interface, and the guitarist's effect pedal board.  The laptop controls the pedal board for the guitarist and plays their backing tracks, which are sent to the PA system and the drummers earbud monitors.

The Carmichael Workshop Road Case

I could not find a good latch or hasp to hold the two front doors closed in the middle, so I made one.  It's basically a lever that is held in place by a notched piece of wood, similar to something you might see on a fence gate or barn door.

The Carmichael Workshop Road Case

The back of the case has a removable panel that is held on by Velcro.  It also contains the cables inside the case during transport.  Hand-holds cut into each side and 3" casters make it easy to move the road case around.

The Carmichael Workshop Road Case

I mounted a power strip inside to power all of the gear.  All of the inputs and outputs are easily accessible by removing the back panel.

The Carmichael Workshop Road Case

The road case worked out well at the first live show.  You can see it in the bottom-left corner of this picture. It should last for many more gigs, at least until the band hits the big time and can afford the expensive stuff!  Click here to visit the Mirthless Facebook Page!

Mirthless Live at Masquerade

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Making a Wooden Atlanta Falcons Logo

After a lifetime of watching other teams win the Superbowl, it's great to see the Atlanta Falcons getting a chance in Superbowl LI.  Watch me make an Atlanta Falcons logo out of wood to hang in my shop!  Click here to download my template.

I was born in Atlanta and have lived here all of my life.  My father would take me to Atlanta Falcons football games at the old Fulton County Stadium.  It would be freezing cold and the sun would be shining in my face.  I remember asking my dad "Why do they play football on a baseball field?"  LOL  This logo is a fun segmentation woodworking project.  Maybe you could make your team's logo out of wood too!

Wooden Atlanta Falcons Logo by The Carmichael Workshop

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Make a 3D Printer Enclosure for a Prusa i3 RepRap 3D Printer!

I made an enclosure for my Folger Tech Prusa i3 RepRap 3D Printer to protect it from sawdust in the shop.  This project is specific to my 3D printer, but I hope it gives you some ideas on how to build an enclosure or display case for other items as well.

I used a combination of 3/4" plywood, 1/2" plywood, 1/4" plywood, and 1/4" plexiglass for this project.  I had all of the materials on-hand left over from other projects.  Below are the dimensions for the main parts.
  • Top and Bottom - 18" wide x 22.75" deep (3/4" plywood)
  • Sides - 23" wide x 22" tall (1/2" plywood)
  • Back - 18" x 18" (1/4" plywood)
  • Control Panel Cover - 18" wide x 4.25" tall (3/4" plywood)
3D Printer Enclosure by The Carmichael Workshop

Building the small box for the 3D printer controls was a blast.  I made careful measurements and designed it myself.  I cut all the parts from 1/4" plywood and glued them together with wood glue.  I used this On/Off Lighted Rocker Switch for the printer and LED lights.  If you have the same controller, click here to download my PDF template of the controller box.

3D Printer Control Box by The Carmichael Workshop

This was a fun project and a great opportunity to use up some plywood and plexiglass materials that were taking up space in my shop.  Look out for a 3D printed project coming soon!

3D Printer Enclosure by The Carmichael Workshop

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