The project was simple: convert a VHS video machine to make toast, and eject it through the cassette slot.
If I thought anyone would attempt this (and they shouldn't) I'd offer the following warnings:
Ensure the metal parts are earthed (I did)
Do not place it on heat-sensitive surfaces.
Do not place heat-sensitive materials on top of it.
Take care not to touch any hot surfaces.
Do not leave the machine unattended.
Step 1: Parts List
Toaster - I used a Swan Elegance single slot "thick & thin"
Metal sheet - From steel drinks cans
Epoxy glue - (cheap, two part)
A sharp knife
Step 2: Toaster Dismemberment - Phase 1
On the underside are Torx screws for which I did not have bits. The two prominent screws were removed with pliers, the others had the brown plastic hacked away from them until I could finish the job with pliers.
The two control knobs are friction-fits on this machine and only required a good pull to get them off
Whilst doing this I observed that the outer shell is rather hard and must have good heat resistance. To some extent the toaster self-cools by natural convection, the last photograph shows the the comparison between inner and outer.
I wasn't going to be able to rely on this type of cooling or plastic in the video.
Step 3: Toaster Dismemberment - Phase 2
The electrical connections to the heater elements were push fits, the pulled off with pliers. Take care with this type of heater element, the mica support is fragile.
I needed to take the whole thing apart because the toaster has a central slot, the video has an off-centre slot. While it wasn't possible to bring the toaster fully up to the level of the VHS slot, it could be moved a bit.
Step 4: Video Dismemberment
The front panel was a clip-fit, easy-on, easy-off.
Step 5: Toaster Adaption
Having tested the toaster without it's case, I didn't think it a good idea to leave a sheet of black polystyrene under it, and some bits of this would have to be removed anyway (Dremel-a-like).
There's a thin steel sheet underneath the plastic floor.
The toaster has two chrome racks which hinge at the bottom, and are pushed central at the top so that they grip the bread in a central position - at varying thicknesses.
I fixed the top rack at it's thickest setting, and moved the bottom rack to "very thin". The overall effect is to move the toast off-centre and more towards the top in the finished machine.
Step 6: Assembly of the VHS Toaster
I hacked the play button from the video, and attached it to the tube with a screw, before adding epoxy glue to finish off.
The toast brownness control was simply set at a reasonable level and left there, I'd spent too much of the weekend on this already to be finding an adaption for that.
An "exit ramp" was formed from another piece of steel sheet. This guides the toast from the chrome rack, out through the VHS slot. Another spin with the Dremel-a-like cut slots in the front panel to secure the ramp at that end. The other end of the ramp was tucked into the toaster heat-shield / reflector (see images).
After that, back on with the case and let's start toasting!
Step 7: The Finished Product!
It does toast, see the video.
Yes it gets hot, yes I want to fit at least one fan before I use it again
Step 8: "VHS" Toast
I laid the mask on the bread and toasted it in the toaster, horizontally.
Yes, I switched slices in the video, for artistic purposes.