During one of my many voyages traveling the internet I stumbled across food dehydrators, and thought they were cool. It also seemed apparent that it was fairly easy to build a functional one and start drying fruits, vegetables, and jerky. I simply had to make one.
This Instructable is showing what I did to make a food dehydrator using only recycled materials. The result of this was a food dehydrator that works, but looks like something out of a nuclear apocalypse (which I kind of like).
Materials are listed in the next step, followed by the ToO(Theory of Operation), so skip to Step 3 for the start of the build!
**This project involves using power tools, sharp edges of tins cans, heat, solder, and mains voltage electricity. Proceed at your own risk and be smart.
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Step 1: Materials/Tools
I used the following materials and tools to make my food dehydrator:
* Tin cans.
These came from diced peaches. (MMmmm peaches..)
* A fan.
This was the cooling fan from a broken microwave.
I used two small lightbulbs taken from broken vacuum cleaners.
* Wires, swtiches, and solder.
The wires and switches were taken from old vaccuum cleaners and the microwave.
* Rivets, and a riveter.
Not salvaged, but a rivet tool and rivets can be bought cheaply.
* A Dremel rotary tool.
I used this to cut parts of the plastic base to mount my switches.
* A can opener.
This was used to remove the tops and bottoms of the tin cans.
* Sheet Metal sheers.
I used an "Open-it!" contraption that I found in the kitchen, and it worked.
* Soldering Iron.
This was used for connecting the wires and switches.
* A drill.
This was used to drill holes in the tin cans so that they could be riveted together.
* Hot glue gun.
This was used to attatch light bulbs to the cans and cans to the base, as well as insulate wire connections.