Yep, it's a piece of junk. It is made from all sorts of pieces of junk, but hey, it works. Forget the sore arms and a tangled mess of kite string and welcome the motorized kite winder!
This project was composed of mostly junk. Most likely, you won't have the same type of junk I had, but with a little creativity you could come up with something better. I have posted quite a few pictures on how I did it and also explain it a little in each step. The pictures are here to get your brain turning and to come up with a better piece of junk! This is a good project to do if you like to use your creativity.
This kite winder was designed for extremely high kite flying and aerial kite photography. Neither really took off - literally. My mp3 player that had a camera on it turned out to be too heavy for my little kite. Also, the other problem was that we rarely get steady wind here. We are in the middle of the jungle many miles from the coast and wind hardly ever blows like I like it to for flying kites.
On to the instructable! Vote for me in the contest, if you enjoy this instructables!
And yeh, I was bored when I made this. My dad's response when he first saw it, "What is that?".
Step 1: The Pieces of Junk
Here are some of the parts that I used in my kite winder. I doubt that you would have these things on hand, but you can get an idea of what I used.
Broken, plastic basketball board bracket
Two pieces of scrap wood
Washing machine hose strainer
Some unidentified piece of plastic
Chunk of aluminum pipe
Good old zip ties
A high torque geared motor from a old rc car
An eye hook
6v lantern battery
You get the picture! Use whatever you can find!