Automatic Spray Can shaker

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Project by TOPO posted 03-21-2015 04:08 PM 3222 views 11 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

hey mates! here you have my latest development. This time aiming to save some time shaking aerosol finish cans. Call me lazy, but I hate to shake this for 3 minutes just to use it for 20 seconds… many times I did save time and ended up with a ruined finished because the can sputtered all around :-)
Made of aluminum and some nuts and bolts secured with expoxy putty.. hope this will inspire you to build your own version. Happy to answer any question and/or comment, just shoot!


note: believe it or not, this has had a significant improvement on my finishes :-)

Enjoy the video!

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-- El Topo, Madrid (Spain)

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#1 posted 03-21-2015 05:03 PM

Topo, That is just great and a great laugh as well.

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#2 posted 03-21-2015 09:07 PM

Might have to try that, I have a can of fast drying black paint and I shake and shake it and the paint still comes out with 99% thinner and a shade of black. Maybe it needs a real shaking.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#3 posted 03-21-2015 09:34 PM

That is very cool. I definitely have to make one of these!

-- Kean - It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

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#4 posted 03-21-2015 09:37 PM

haha, pretty cool man!

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#5 posted 03-21-2015 10:19 PM

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#6 posted 03-21-2015 11:43 PM

That’s great. I might try that just for fun.

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#7 posted 03-22-2015 01:24 AM

Great idea, thanks for sharing.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#8 posted 03-22-2015 08:02 AM

Very clever solution and a lot of fun to watch. Shake it baby! :)

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#9 posted 03-22-2015 02:33 PM

hold the can upside down and spray until it clears to keep it from sputteering after use.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#10 posted 03-22-2015 04:05 PM

Great idea! My hands usually go numb shaking a paint can. But I keep telling myself I’m building up my wrist muscles. I think you have a better solution.

-- Lee

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#11 posted 03-27-2015 11:58 PM

I’ve been trying to make one of these all afternoon. So far, it’s been disastrous. I tried using nylon bushings where the bolts go thru the wood, but they keep getting loose causing unbalanced situations. So I stepped away from it for the night. Tomorrow I’ll try again, this time using copper tubing for bushings.

It’s basically a simple concept. Should be fairly easy to do. I’m thinking the length of the 3 arms is the key to obtaining balance.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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