And how it differs from the “A” model. In my last three posts I have described in detail my restoration of an early ca. 1951 Kenwood Chef A700 mixer. From what I’ve learnt, these first “Chefs”, up until the “D” model in the late 1950s, were all much the same in design, albeit with several … Continue reading Restoration of a Kenwood Chef A700 “B” Model
In this part I’ll describe restoring and rebuilding the motor assembly of a Kenwood Chef model A700-A. See part 1 for a description of removing and disassembling the motor. Motor and Electrical Restoration I probably spent more time on repairing and rebuilding the motor and electrics than anything else – the bit you don’t even really see! … Continue reading Restoring a 1951 Kenwood “Chef” Electric Food Mixer – Part 2
I wasn’t sure whether it was worth writing this project up, as there are several descriptions already on the internet of people tapping into the Vespa alarm header in order to make a turn signal beeper. However the ones I’ve seen are all very simple direct connections of a piezo buzzer to the turn … Continue reading A Turn Signal Beeper for the Vespa GTS 300
UPDATE: People smarter than me have realised that you do not need to go to the trouble of de-soldering the buzzer – you just need to remove the metal diaphram from the buzzer. See their excellent comments below this post. Stopping a KitchenAid kettle from beeping, at all. My wife and I were recently in … Continue reading De-Beeping a KitchenAid Kettle
For a while I’ve been keen to build a solar powered charger for my phone and iPad, mainly because I wanted to have a play with solar power – something I haven’t done before. It certainly wasn’t to save money. I think I calculated that it would take several lifetimes of daily device charging to … Continue reading Solar iDevice Charger in Atomic Punk Style
Combining Coffee and Electronics – An Idea for a Project Having played around with fixed function logic ICs, such as the Johnson counter used in the Spindicator project, I was keen to move on and experiment with programmable microcontrollers. I decided to obtain and play with some PICAXE chips, as they looked like they would provide an … Continue reading Pimp My Rocket (Espresso Machine)
I’ve had a couple of questions asking about using capacitors to fade out the LEDs of the spindicator to give a sort of trail effect, and I thought I’d like to try it myself. So let’s get straight to the circuit. The first thing to note is that in this version I have used the … Continue reading Spindicator Mk 2–Now With Fade Effect.