Four 1/2″ diameter lengths of EMT, twelve hose clamps, nine square feet of MDF, and some wood screws. Two hours to design and build. Continue reading
If you’re like me, you’ve left a soldering iron plugged in once or twice. Hopefully you’re also lucky like me and it’s never started a fire. Occasionally I’ll grab something off our Hack Rack and take it apart. A) It’s fun and B) it helps cut down on the ever-growing pile of appliances in the East Room. Recently I focused my efforts on a microwave oven. During my salvage operation I managed to extract one plastic fan, two thermal cutout switches, a transformer, the magnetron, a huge capacitor, and the controls. I soon realized that what I had in front of me was a digital timer wired to a normally open relay. I couldn’t immediately think of something to do with it, but it seemed too good to toss or disassemble further. About a week later I decided to wire it to a pair of 120-volt receptacles. Voila. Any appliance with a standard plug can be set to run from 00:01 to 99:99 before powering off. Just press “TIME COOK” then enter the time in minutes and seconds, then start. The relay closes the circuit and the outlets are energized. When the timer runs out, a piezo buzzes and the outlets shut off. The relay on the microwave’s circuit board is 120-250 volt at 16 amps, so I’m fairly comfortable it will handle one or two 40-watt soldering irons.
Thank you again to Van McNeil and WISN 12 for their interest in Doors Open Milwaukee 2015! Historic Milwaukee has done a phenomenal job promoting and organizing this event for the last five years. If you haven’t had a chance to visit any of the 175+ buildings available this weekend, there’s still time Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM. Be sure to check the full list of participants at the official Doors Open website:
This is your invitation to get out and explore Milwaukee! We’re just one of +150 buildings that will be open to the public on Saturday, September 19th and Sunday, September 20th between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. It’s free to attend and members will be present to answer questions and give tours.
If you visit, please enter at the north side of our building which is on Otjen Street. While you’re in the area, be sure to check out the rest of our neighborhood. There’s plenty of restaurants and shops within walking distance from the ‘Space.
See all the events and buildings this year on the Doors Open website:
Hopefully a few crafters out there will appreciate the measures we’ve taken to protect tools that have been loaned to the group. Deterring misuse is only one feature of this upcycled sheet metal enclosure. It’s also incredibly stylish! A padlock could easily be added in the future, but surely it won’t come to that.
…or will it?