20 gal Tabletop Washing Machine (4 Da Poor Man)

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I like calling this one 'The Fifth Wheel', as you'll see why as we proceed. I don't think Ill be finished with these man-powered washing machines for a while. I'm drawing up plans for a Full Sized Front Loading Washing Machine, as this has seem to open up some more ideas to me. I'm really disappointed that there are other man-powered washers out there that tend to come with a ridiculous price tag to them. I don't know if I could legally name them here, so just run a Google search on 'man powered washing machines'.

As always... I can only show you what I have done to make this

*** For educational Purposes Only, This should not be attempted***
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Step 2: Da B.O.M.

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You will need the following materials

20 gallon Galvanized garbage can
2- pieces 2 x 4 x     for the ribs these need to be ripped and cut with 45 degree bevels on ONE end and go toward the bottom
2- pieces 2 x 4 x     for the frame
2- pieces 1 x 4 x     for the frame
1- piece  2 x 4 x      to attach fifth wheel bolt
1- 3/8" x 6" hex bolt for the fifth wheel
4- fixed castors (or suitable wheels of your choice)
1- 8" wheel  for fifth wheel
1 5/8" deck screws I recommend using sheet metal screws
2- 2" x 2" x 4" blocks these will need the inner edge clipped (or filed) diagonally to make blocks to secure the lid
roll of duct tape (used only for moral support)
1/2" conduit scrape (or suitable spacer)
wat abut leakage around the screws. should also put in a rear drain of some kind.
Blofish (author)  astral_mage1 year ago
Adding a drain is prolly a necessity on this one as it is harder to just empty this. Even a half inch hole on the bottom out of the way of the fifth wheel. Keep in mind, I've had 5 gals of water at times in here, your looking at 40+ pounds just with water. There is some leakage, but I found it to be minimal. I do not recommend indoor use
Great idea!
I dont know if you intended to or have watched the t.v. series the colony (a study on post apocalyptic survival) but they made this exact washing machine setup to eash there clothes and then they just jacked a bicycles back wheel up (exercise bike style) and had it rub the side. nice instructable though but maybe if you happened to see your idea somewhere it would be proper to give proper credit to where you came up with it
Blofish (author)  bensmiller021 year ago
I have heard of the series tho I have never watched it. Thank you for giving credit where it was due. I dont know if they made an instructable about it or published it on the web
carlos66ba1 year ago
Good idea! Now you should build a system that powers this from a bicycle. Make it even better: add something to reverse rotation direction and youare golden!
holy cow wow a disclaimer?
Blofish (author)  astral_mage1 year ago
LOL, yeah found that one and sounded good
omnibot1 year ago
Excellent concept. not far from motorisation. I made a paperclay tumbler in a similar way on an upside down skateboard. motorizing it was just a matter of a belt around the tumbler and a motor to drive the belt around.