Toaster Project Or a Heroic Attempt to Build a Simple Electric Appliance from Scratch

ISBN-10: 1568989970
ISBN-13: 9781568989976
Edition: 2011
Authors: Thomas Thwaites
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Description: "Hello, my name is Thomas Thwaites, and I have made a toaster." So begins The Toaster Project, the author's nine month-long journey from his local appliance store to remote mines in the UK to his mother's backyard, where he creates a crude foundry.  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Publication date: 9/28/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

"Hello, my name is Thomas Thwaites, and I have made a toaster." So begins The Toaster Project, the author's nine month-long journey from his local appliance store to remote mines in the UK to his mother's backyard, where he creates a crude foundry. Along the way, he learns that an ordinary toaster is made up of 404 separate parts, that the best way to smelt metal at home is by using a method found in a fifteenth-century treatise, and that plastic is almost impossible to make from scratch. In the end, Thwaites's homemade toaster-a haunting and strangely beautiful object-cost 250 times more than the toaster he bought at the store and involved close to two thousand miles of travel to some of Britain's remotest locations. The Toaster Project may seem foolish, even insane. Yet, Thwaites's quixotic tale, told with a self-deprecating wit, helps us reflect on the costs and perils of our cheap consumer culture, and in so doing reveals much about the organization of the modern world.

Foreword
Preface
Deconstruction
Steel
Mica
PIastic
Copper
Nickel
Construction
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Image Credits

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