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.
In this post I’m going to describe my attempts to date to build a novel computer hard-disk activity indicator, which I named the “spindicator”. The usual hard-disk activity indicator is an LED connected to a header on the motherboard which illuminates when data is being read from or written to the hard drive. These reads … Continue reading The “Spindicator” Project