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My concept: I want to build a pedal-operated machine that churns butter and powers a toaster. It's basically a modified bicycle that attaches directly to an old hand-crank butter churn. It also charges a battery that is hooked to a power converter so I can plug in a toaster.
After it's built I'll set it up outside art openings and in public places and churn butter. I want it to be something everyone can participate in by pedaling, but also enjoy freshly churned butter on warm toast. This is not a business venture or a way to make money. All the butter and toast will be given away. It's simply my way of making life a little better for people.
Building the machine: I’ve got the plans and model to build a pedal-operated butter churn, but no money. It’s quite simple, really. The mechanism starts with a bike frame and various other bike parts. Gears and such are added along with a chuck attachment for an old-fashioned butter churn. The quart sized butter churn hooks up and then the generator and converter are added to power the toaster. A battery is added to store the newly acquired electricity so there’s flexibility as to when the toaster is operated. I need your support to get this going. Most of the stuff I can get cheaply, but the generator, battery, DC/AC converter, and even butter churn are quite expensive. Since the butter churn is not being produced anymore I’ve found some on ebay that still work.
Sketches of the machine are here
What happens at an event?: Ingredients for butter are put in the butter churn. Someone jumps on and pedals away. After about an hour of pedaling a timer starts the toaster. When the toast pops—the pay-off begins. Participants enjoy warm toast and fresh butter. The toaster can be used many times to provide butter delivery devices. The more people there are, the easier it is on everyone.
The swag What you get when you support this project.
Future projects: If that’s not enough I have plans to modify the mechanism to produce ice cream, smoothies, and power other small appliances. All I need is the first to get the ball rolling.