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(drum roll) the salad spinner centrifuge


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#41 Fox in the Stars

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 04:57

I found a couple of salad spinners cheap at Wal-Mart and made centrifuges. I made the pen-holder with 1/2" PVC tubing and cut it with a dremel. Mine didn't have good side columns for the nib to rest, so I wired a square of rubber to the side to hold and cushion it. I happened to have an unused belt for a vacuum cleaner we've since gotten rid of (it's hard to find one that works worth a dang when you have pets...), but if I use that up, I think I'll go to the plumbing section of my hardware store; red rubber packing sheets are really cheap.
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Posted 26 January 2008 - 05:32

As a former H model Slick driver ( C/158th/101st Airborne)... my first thought was that after using ' 100 mile per hour tape' to hold it on the rotor... you are going to need some good cleaner to get the sticky off the pen....and ... surely someone on this board would have two pens that needed that work at the same time.... so with one on each rotor the imbalance would be negligible....
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#43 rogerb

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Posted 07 February 2009 - 14:28

Yes, GBM, I thought of 'one per blade', but question whether the centrifugal force at the end of a 'copter blade is actually as great as in a salad-spinner? (Someone will have the figures!)

On the subject of balance, wouldn't it be even better to fit two, diametrically-opposed, penholders, or 3 at 120 degrees (like many helicopters' blades)?
I find my salad-spinner rather hard to control unless it is either very lightly-loaded(with salad), or the load is 'evenly distributed'!

Edited by rogerb, 07 February 2009 - 14:31.

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 20:19

Stumbled over this tread. And did get my laugh of the month.

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Don't lady's journals often have hints of what to do with old or broken tights? Well, I suppose one can wrap the nib in a lot of tissues and put it in the tights (nib pointing outward) and spin, and, behold, the centripetal force did its job again! eureka.gif
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Posted 18 July 2009 - 20:45

QUOTE (sarai @ Jul 18 2009, 04:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Stumbled over this tread. And did get my laugh of the month.

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Don't lady's journals often have hints of what to do with old or broken tights? Well, I suppose one can wrap the nib in a lot of tissues and put it in the tights (nib pointing outward) and spin, and, behold, the centripetal force did its job again! eureka.gif

glad this thread has spun around again;)
about those tights.. my, far too vivid for my own good, imagination, Imediately thought, should the nib break through, the propelled instrument could revisit the scene of David & Goliath...ouch!

Edited by pen2paper, 18 July 2009 - 23:06.


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Posted 18 July 2009 - 23:01

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Imediately thought, should the nib break through, the propelled instrument could revist the scene of David & Goliath...


hmm1.gif Have to check the original text. May have been a fountain pen instead of a stone. Maybe a CS Dinky..... note the reference to "small" and "smooth."

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 17:56

Mount a piece of self-adhesive absorbant padding (may I say panty liner?) on the wall of the spinner next to the nib. It will absorb all the ink, leaving the spinner clean. Works like a charm! Not as much fun, maybe, but a lot less cleanup.

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Posted 31 March 2010 - 16:16

Stumbled across this. About fell out of my chair, laughing. Especially since, about a week ago, I saw an article on Make's website about chem labs using salad spinners as low-cost centrifuges (zip-tie a pair of test-tube racks to opposite sides). Apparently, they haven't thought of lawn mowers or helicopters, yet. My own thought was to mount my pens on one of those 3-arm lawn sprinklers. Rinse and centrifuge simultaneously! :eureka:

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 11:31

Guys,
You're not thinking big enough. Take a yet engine:

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It can take about 34 pens at once! And talking about rotation speed: a small jet engine generates 130 HP and 36.000 rpm (think what you could do with a modern enige up to 50.000 HP).

And if the engine is reversed, you're pen is instantly dried as well:
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It could fit right into you garage:
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and if you haven't got the time or space for it, you could do it while driving to work (talking about multi-tasking):
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If you're depending on public transport only, write to your local senator to get one of these:
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Warning: don't forget to remove the nib section first or it might slightly damage the engine:
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But back to the original topic: it is also possible to hook up the jet engine to the salad spinner.
There is already the 'Speedy Slice' so I think they can easily convert this to a salad spinner at TWSBI's??
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Here you can see the first tests at the TWSBI workshop: looks like Speedy thinking about how to get the ink stains off the engine, before returning it to Boeing.....
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WOW, unbelievable what fun you can have with a topic about fountain pens and a salad spinner: my partner thought I was choking on something while reading this post and almost called an ambulance. I think you guys might be serious/bored enough to actually try all these options. My salad will never look the same .....
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Posted 26 October 2014 - 10:25

Whilst tramping the web for ideas on furniture manufacture, I chanced across Matthias Wendel's site; he made what he thought was a useless machine. A pen shaker for faulty ballpoints. I told him that actually that would be very useful for pen repairers. He was tickled!

http://woodgears.ca/gear/cycloid.html

His site is amazing, everything that can be made from wood is, including scaffolding, table saws, band saws, hinges and as his site suggests, wooden gears. 



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Posted 27 October 2014 - 13:53

Cute.  The only downside is that without a basket around it, you'll spray ink around the room an all over yourself.  A centrifuge is an amazingly efficient way to pull ink out of a pen.


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Posted 29 December 2016 - 19:05

Should be pinned.  I don't know how many times I have told newbies complaining about how hard it is to flush a Parker 51 to hunt for this thread.


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Posted 30 October 2017 - 03:23

Anyone any access to photos/vid that was on this thread and has now gone the way of all things? I confess, I'm not following any of the descriptions, so I need some visuals. Relevant visuals.


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Posted 30 October 2017 - 03:33

Mat- follow link to first post..which has excellent photographs with written explanation..........

http://www.fountainp...ifuge/?p=116874

 

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 04:18

Mat- follow link to first post..which has excellent photographs with written explanation..........
http://www.fountainp...ifuge/?p=116874
 
  Fred
 
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Cheers Freddy.
For some reason the pictures are only loading half the time on both my computer and my mobile it seems.

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#56 Ron Z

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 18:39

The pictures are hosted on my website, and they're all there and visible.  I would assume its an internet problem on your end.


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Posted 07 November 2017 - 02:51

Thanks Ron. It was glitchy for a another couple of days, and seems fine now... no idea what that was about!

 

Maybe I should expect thousands of men named Agent Smith in black suits and shades...!


Edited by MercianScribe, 07 November 2017 - 02:52.

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