This journey started out with me asking a question about what I could do (woodworking related) with a blender motor I salvaged. See the forum topic here. Cranesgonewild (an LJ member) gave me a link to a project another LJ member had posted. Here is that project by Filinvested. The project is like a rock tumbler (for polishing rocks), but instead of rocks it takes cubes of wood and turns them into beads of wood. Pretty ingenious idea. So I decided to make one. My mother and stepmother are very religious so I thought it’d be an awesome idea for a Christmas present to make them each a handmade rosary out of the wooden beads I got from this contraption.
well I got my blender motor rigged up, built a little stand, and had everything running perfect…..UNTIL….
This was my first time working with a motor/trying to repurpose it. I had my first batch of beads almost done on the machine when the motor burned out. CRAP! All that hard work and nothing to show for it. It over heated. It got me thinking about what type of motor I could use that is meant to continuously run and not over heat….and not cost a fortune.
I found a ceiling fan at a thrift store for $6 the other day. What the heck…I’m going to give it another shot….
AND HERE GOES…..
The wood I show below that I glued together – once it was dry, I turned it on the lathe to make a perfect circle. Then I mounted it on the ceiling fan. This wood is what my sandpaper will attach to. I will have to shape it again once the ceiling fan is up and running to get symmetrical.
If anyone has any advice for me that’d be great. I have no plans…just kind of building as I go. I hope this motor wont over heat. Maybe i’ll have to have another desktop fan blowing on it the whole time to keep it cool??? I’m also going to wire it for a ceiling fan switch (that goes on the wall) to adjust the speed of the fan. If you have an questions let me know. If you have any advice/comments I’d love to hear them! I will post the next update when I get more done! Enjoy.
-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!