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.



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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

Sunday, May 27, 2018

My First Bottle Stopper

I made my first Bottle Stopper out of pecan with the help of the fine folks at Stainless Bottle Stoppers.  Check out the video below.


Thanks to Stainless Bottle Stoppers for making it easy for me to get started in bottle stoppers.  I met them at the Atlanta Woodworking Show and mentioned I had never made one before.  One thing led to another and they sent me home with a free kit as long as I would share a video of making my first bottle stopper.  If you need some bottle stopper supplies, visit Stainless Bottle Stoppers for some great Made in USA products.


This project turned into a friendly competition between me and Freeman Woodworking.  We turned our first bottle stoppers, then shared pictures for people to vote on which one they like best and enter a giveaway for a Starter Kit on the Stainless Bottle Stoppers Instagram.  Go vote and enter if the deadline has not passed!


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Making a CNC Serving Tray - An Inventables Easel and X-Carve Project

My wife requested that I make her a large Serving Tray to put on the ottoman of our new living room furniture.  This was a perfect project for the Inventables X-Carve CNC Machine.  Watch my video showing how I designed the project in the free Easel software and carved it on the X-Carve.


Anyone can create a FREE Easel account and design CNC projects, even if you don't have a CNC machine!  CLICK HERE to create your account and begin designing.  If you design a project, I would love to see it.  In Easel, click the File menu and choose Share, then click the Shared With Link option.  Copy the link and Save, then email the link to me at thecarmichaelworkshop@gmail.com.  I will review all projects submitted by June 6, 2018 and pick a few to carve out and ship back to the designers.  This is gonna be fun!


Do you have a CNC machine?  If so, click here to open my Easel project and carve one of these yourself!  The Serving Tray turned out great and my wife loves it!  It's made from ambrosia maple and hardwood plywood.  Wanna use regular tools?  Then, click here to download my FREE PDF Cutting Template for this project.  It's 21.5" square and just the right size for a large pizza!

CNC Serving Tray by The Carmichael Workshop

CNC Serving Tray by The Carmichael Workshop

CNC Serving Tray by The Carmichael Workshop


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Make a Wooden Wind Spinner!

I made a wooden Wind Spinner to hang on our front porch.  This is an easy Spring/Summer woodworking project that you can make in one day.  I tested it using the free WindPro18 18" Shop Fan that NewAir sent me.  Check out the video below.


If you need a good shop fan, check out the NewAir WindPro18 18" Wall Fan and get 15% OFF with promo code STEVE.  This fan has 3 speeds and puts out a lot of air for a nice cool breeze in the shop.  It can be mounted on a wall or ceiling to save floor space and it is quiet enough to have a regular conversation.  It easily made my Wind Spinner spin from about 15 feet away.  It comes with some mounting hardware and a pull chain extension, but I had to make my own Van Halen striped pull chain.

NewAir WindPro18 Industrial Wall Fan

The weather is finally warming up here in Georgia, so I put the Wind Spinner outside under our front porch.  It is fun to watch it twirl and the neighbors love it too!  Now go make one yourself and impress the neighborhood, but don't be surprised if you are asked to make some more!

Wind Spinner by The Carmichael Workshop

Tools:  Saw, Drill, Wrenches

Supplies:  36" 1/4-20 threaded rod, about 68 sticks 1/2" x 3/4" x 10", 2 Nylock Nuts, 2 Washers, Wood Finish, #1 Fishing Barrel Swivel, Paint


Sunday, April 1, 2018

Live Edge River Table (Must See Woodworking Project)

For this year's April Fools video, I made this Live Edge River Table using hydrogen and oxygen.  It is unlike any other river table that you've seen before.  Check out my video of this project below and I hope you get a laugh or two out of it!


Here is a close-up picture of my Live Edge River Table.  It's awesome!

Live Edge River Table

Oh, I almost forgot...
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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Foo Fighters Album Artwork for Makers Rock 2018

I reproduced the Foo Fighters' "The Colour and the Shape" album cover out of wood for the 2018 Makers Rock Album Art Collaboration on YouTube!  Check out my video and enter my giveaway for a chance to win this artwork.  Don't forget to look up the other participants' videos and giveaways too!



Here is a picture of the album artwork I created next to the original cover.  I think I got pretty close.  This was a fun project to make and I can't wait to do another album next year.  If you are interested in the next Makers Rock event, keep an eye on the Makers Rock Website for updates.

The Carmichael Workshop Makers Rock Foo Fighters Album Art

Enter for a chance to win this album artwork in the Rafflecopter widget below (for USA residents ages 18 and older only).  The deadline to enter is March 24, 2018 at 11:59pm Pacific time.  A winner will be selected on March 25th and automatically displayed in the Rafflecopter widget below.  Good luck!

UPDATE:  Congratulations to Brian P for winning the artwork!  Thanks to all who entered!  I made a natural wood version of the cover for myself.  Here is a picture of it...



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Thursday, March 15, 2018

2018 Makers Rock Album Art Collab Announcement

The Makers Rock Album Art Collaboration is coming March 20th on YouTube.  This time about 35 woodworkers/makers are reproducing 90's rock album covers and giving them away!  I'm making the Foo Fighters' "The Colour and The Shape".  Watch my announcement video for more info, then subscribe to all of the channels listed below so you can see all of the cool projects.


Subscribe to the channels below so you can see all of the 90's rock album art project videos and enter for a chance to win the giveaways!

Alex Krause
Andrew Setters
Awesome Wood Things
Carl Jacobson
CharlesDearingScroll
CO Schwenke & Son
Cross Cut Creations
Dylan's DIY Workshop
Escagedo Woodworking
Fun With Woodworking
Harneal Media
Herb Lichtenberg
Highlandboxes
Javi's Wood Shop
JP WOODWORK
Kaged Creations
Know What Mom Knows
Make it Soph 
MarkLindsayCNC
John Clothier
Miter Mike's Woodshop
Odessa Woodworking and Maker Shop
OJ Woodworking Crafts
portal woodworks
SoCoMO woodwork
Southern Ginger Workshop
Taste The Code
Templeboy Turnings
The Carmichael Workshop
Timberworker
Wallman Woodshop 
Waylight Creations
Wood Frontier
Woodified
The Woodgineer

Watch my channel on Tuesday for this Foo Fighters album made out of wood and enter my giveaway here on my website!

The Carmichael Workshop Makers Rock 2018 Foo Fighters

#makersrock

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Make a Laptop Wall Mount with Articulating Arm

I made a wall mount for my 17" HP laptop.  It has an articulating arm for a wide range of motion for positioning the laptop.  Watch the video below and if you would like to make one too, click here to download the PDF plan.


I made this wall mount using some scrap maple, walnut, and Baltic birch.  It is nice to have a dedicated place for my laptop in the workshop when running the CNC machine or just watching YouTube videos.

DIY Laptop Wall Mount with Articulating Arm

The hardware is readily available at the big box store.  All of the details about the hardware I used are in the PDF plan.

Laptop Wall Mount

This wall mount is perfect for my 17" laptop that weighs about six pounds.  If you will be mounting a larger or heavier laptop, I suggest making a more beefy mounting arm.

Laptop Articulating Arm







Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Convert a 1937 Philco Radio into a Bluetooth Speaker!

My great grandparents' 1937 Philco Radio no longer works, but it looks really cool.  I plan to do some research to see if the radio can be repaired, but in the meantime, I decided to convert it into a Bluetooth speaker.  Watch my video to see how I did it.


This is a Model 37-60 AM radio, so it is 80 years old.  It does not work, so I am sure that all of the electronics need to be tested and some parts will need to be replaced to get it working again.  This will take lots of time and patience.  So, I think that the Bluetooth speaker will be fun to use while I look into getting the radio repaired, plus it looks awesome!

The Carmichael Workshop 1937 Philco Radio Bluetooth Speaker

I used the Oontz Angle 3 Ultra Portable Bluetooth Speaker for this project.  I chose this speaker because it will fit inside the radio, it got good reviews and sounds good, plus it stays on in standby mode if you keep it plugged into an outlet.  I will not have to reach into the back of the cabinet to turn it on, which is a huge convenience.  I made a mount to hold the Bluetooth speaker using the original speaker screws.  I used a pine board with dowels to attach the radio knobs.  I printed a Bluetooth logo to cover the radio dial opening, and positioned an LED USB Extension Cable behind it to light it up in the dark.  I covered the light with foil to reflect it toward the front.

1937 Philco Radio Bluetooth Speaker

If you come across an antique radio like this one, I encourage you not to turn it on until it has been checked by an electrician.  I know it's hard to resist turning it on, but doing so can do irreparable  harm to the electronic parts.

1937 Philco 37-60 Radio Bluetooth Speaker

Check out all of the wiring in this radio.  It really is amazing that this radio has lasted over 80 years.  I have no idea where to start with the repair, but I intend to find out.  Thanks for checking out my 1937 Bluetooth Speaker!

1937 Philco Radio Wiring


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Sidebar Conversation Shop Update

Here's a quick shop update video about what's going on in and around my workshop.  I haven't done one of these in 8 months so it's long overdue.  There are a couple of cool events coming up and I've got some new project videos coming soon.  Below the video are links to everything I mention in the video.  Check it out!


Links:
I was recently invited as guest on the Makers International Podcast.  Check out the recording of the episode below.  Thanks for having me on the show!  


On the podcast, they talked about how I smile a lot in my videos and asked me to do my best mean face.  This is the best I could do.  LOL

Steve Carmichael on Makers International Podcast