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Any ideas for repurposing small appliances? parts?

Any ideas on what these could be repurposed for? Is it worth taking parts or should I just donate them?

Coffee maker (I replaced it because it was white and got discolored), but it still works fine and has a digital clock.

Toaster Oven (got a larger one now). The oven is a small basic one wire rack style with knobs - nothing digital.

BTW. If I can't find a use for either of these, and someone wants them, they can have them for free, provided they pay shipping.

- canucksgirl

I don't know if you have any interest in chemistry, but the coffee maker and toaster oven can come in handy for those reactions that produce a solid precipitate.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Precipitation_%28chemistry%29
  You can use the plastic basket the filter goes in, plus a coffee filter to, filter the liquid out of the precipitate.  It's just the right shape to fit the paper filter, and it's got little groves to help the water, erm aqueous solution, run out.  Of course the solid that collects in the coffee filter is necessarily wet and slushy, so that's where the toaster oven comes in handy, for faster drying of the precipitate collected in the coffee filter.

I mean that's assuming its the kind of chemical for which, drying in a toaster oven is appropriate; i.e. it's nothing likely to burn, or explode. 

As an example, I have attached some pictures of some homemade magnetite that I dried using an old toaster oven.

Actually a lot of kitchen equipment can be repurposed for use in a garage-type chemistry lab.  And kitchen equipment that you were going to throw away is good for this.  Or to say that another way:  Using your kitchen utensils for garage-chemistry, is kind of like throwing them away, because after these things have touched certain chemicals,  you definitely don't want them going back to the kitchen.

Or if chemistry is not your thing, then consider donating your old appliances to a thrift store, aka secondhand store.  That's where most of my lab equipment comes from.

Also the coffee machine could probably be repurposed as an alarm clock, assuming some sort of electric noise maker could be added to it. I mean noises other than the normal clicking, gurgling, hissing noises made by brewing coffee.
toaster-oven-w-homemade-magnetite.jpghomemade-magnetite.jpg
canucksgirl (author)  Jack A Lopez2 years ago
Again Jack A Lopez provided the best overall answer to my question...

I wish I had the room needed for all of these suggestions, so I think the best thing I can do is donate both items to my local Salvation Army with the hopes that some Instructable Member comes across them and can make good use of them for their next project.

I am a little reluctant as the idea of a hacked coffee maker/alarm clock that sounds like a hissing and gurgling coffee pot would have been great. Perhaps Santa will bring me a new house with a work shop. :D

Thanks again to all who replied.
canucksgirl (author)  Jack A Lopez2 years ago
VERY INTERESTING! - I like your style of writing as well. Quite amusing :)
My chemistry experience is rather limited, but I'm always willing to learn new things (as long as I see a useful result). Looking at the magnetite, reminds me of those toys with the magnetic pen and the funny face under glass that you could adorn with a magnetite beard and big, bushy eyebrows. My brother had one when we were little. (I only assume magnetite is used?)

If nothing else comes up, I might re-fab the coffee pot into an alarm clock and give it the clicking, gurgling, and hissing noises you mentioned. :D - I suppose the longer the alarm plays, I could include those magnificent thunderous noises coffee pots make toward the end, with that final gasp of hissing, followed by the inevitable drop of water sound onto the hot plate. - Oh sooooo much fun.

Thank you for your comments. :D
The face under glass with magnetic facial hair is called Wolly Willy(r), and someone here made a coffee table sized version of that toy:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Wooly-Willy-Table/
I think the black powder in those is iron filings rather than magnetite. The fact that it's sealed inside a box, away from moisture, keeps it from rusting.

Anyway, good luck with whatever you're going to do with those things!
canucksgirl (author)  Jack A Lopez2 years ago
Hilarious. I looked at the link. It brings back memories - Thanks :)
rickharris2 years ago
Use the toaster oven for heating plastic so you can bend it.
canucksgirl (author)  rickharris2 years ago
I wouldn't have thought of that... do you have an ible where you've made anything out of heated-bent plastic? - Just curious.
If you search fro "bending plastic" there are several out there

for example
canucksgirl (author)  rickharris2 years ago
good tip - thanks, (it gets the gears in the brain moving faster - lol)