The Toaster Project

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Or a heroic attempt to build a simple electric appliance from scratch

Englishman Thomas Thwaites' project to build a toaster from scratch ? documented here ? took him on a 9-month journey from an electrical store to remote mines in the UK and his mother's backyard, where he built a foundry. Along the way he learned how to smelt metal at home using a 15th-century treatise and found that it is almost impossible to make plastic yourself. The toaster he built is a strange and haunting object ? and it cost 250 times one bought in a shop.


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