Do Nothing Machine

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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:

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#1 posted 02-27-2013 05:17 PM

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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#2 posted 02-27-2013 05:20 PM

Looks like a good gift for a child.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#3 posted 02-27-2013 05:56 PM

Love it ! Children will love it also.

-- Dennis Reynolds

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#4 posted 02-27-2013 06:13 PM

Great fun project
I can imagine lots of requests from others


-- 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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#5 posted 02-27-2013 06:21 PM

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

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#6 posted 02-27-2013 08:07 PM

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

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#7 posted 02-28-2013 02:10 AM

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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#8 posted 02-28-2013 02:43 AM

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

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#9 posted 02-28-2013 02:27 PM

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 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#10 posted 03-01-2013 05:14 AM

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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