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.
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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
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!
Step 2: Finding a base and attaching the motor
The motor is a high torque geared motor out of a rc car that I got at a thrift store. It works great for this project. Attaching it to the base was fairly simple. The motor needed to be mounted a little high so I used a piece of aluminum tubing I had around. The motor is attached by two wood screws and zip ties.
Luckily the shaft of this motor had a geared end that nearly fit snug into my spool of twine. I used a washing machine hose strainer to give it a tighter fit.
Step 3: Adding the crazy mount to the board
Another thing to do in this step is to add a eye hook for the string to run through.