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How to do nothing with this DO NOTHING machine
For a 2012 Christmas white elephant gift I built this Do Nothing machine. It has a body of Oregon Douglas Fir but the handle is made from a fig branch turned on my drill press since I didn’t own a lathe at the time. Note the “start” and “stop” buttons on the side. I also made a silly little video to show the gift receiver how to do nothing with the Do Nothing machine.

-- Dale, Sutherlin, Oregon: http://rvecafe.com/wood.html





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woodbutcherbynight

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#1 posted 513 days ago

I love this, great idea. I have two kids and something like this could be almost anything.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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JesseTutt

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#2 posted 513 days ago

Looks like a good gift for a child.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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Dennis Reynolds

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#3 posted 513 days ago

Love it ! Children will love it also.

-- Dennis Reynolds

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Jamie Speirs

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#4 posted 513 days ago

Great fun project
I can imagine lots of requests from others

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Derakon

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#5 posted 513 days ago

Great idea. I’ll have to make one of these for my nephew, I think…

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Viktor

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#6 posted 513 days ago

This is not “do nothing machine”, this is trammel of Archimedes or ellipsograph. The handle trajectory is ellipse.

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 513 days ago

Yep, I used mine to draw ellipses for the base to my bandsaw box.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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vipond33

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#8 posted 513 days ago

But ellipses are the best form of doing nothing!
Not round, like doing something exactly the same again.
Not square, for who wants to be square?
But elliptical? it’s always coming at you with a different angle.
Those that don’t understand really don’t give a fig, or even know how to turn one.
So there.
Fine work Dale, it just needs an added pause button so that one can momentarily catch their breath.
gene

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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Bluepine38

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#9 posted 513 days ago

Great little idea, but lately all of my machines seem to resemble the title, or maybe it is just me. Thank you
for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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woodbutcherbynight

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#10 posted 512 days ago

This inspired me, so you will be remembered when I post the one I am working on.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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