The Toaster Project

The Toaster Project

Or A Heroic Attempt to Build A Simple Electric Appliance From Scratch

Book - 2011
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The story of the author's nine-month-long journey to build a toaster from scratch--from his local appliance store to remote mines in the UK to his mother's backyard, where he creates a crude foundry--aims to help the reader reflect on the costs and perils of our cheap consumer culture.
Publisher: New York : Princeton Architectural Press, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781568989976
Characteristics: 191 p. : ill. (some col.), col. maps ; 20 cm


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Aug 28, 2018

For the technological curious among us, an excellent choice. Well written, scientifically playful, a good, compact read. The author wants to know if it is possible for a person to build their own toaster, from scratch. Not from purchased components; but from melting down iron, copper, and nickel laden rocks to obtain the necessary metallic bits; mining mica for the insulating sheets; and processing crude oil to obtain the plastic. All processed and constructed in his backyard. Not a fleeting fancy; he really attempts it. Costs thousands of dollars, a thousand miles of travel, and 9 months. All for a toaster he could buy for $10 in the shops? The payoff: It's probably the most interesting 9 months of his life. Lots of quixotic moments, unexpected twists and turns. Want to know if he's successful at making some toast? Read his monograph. Recommended.


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