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I would like to make a simple machine that allows me to roll newspaper logs tightly? Answered

You know those log making machines you can get that let you make your own logs? Well I have seen some amazing furniture made with very tightly rolled newsapers that is so strong that when knocked together it sounds like metal bars.
The machine would need to have 3 rollers and a handle for turning the top roller. the loosely rolled newspaper would sit on another 2 rollers and be rolled like a giant hand-rolled cigarette until it was tightly packed into a rod.
I wondered if there was some way of either making this from scratch or improvising something?

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djsc (author)2010-02-13

it would have to be put under a fair bit of tension to be rolled mechanically. probably also a lot easier if you can roll around some kind of rigid rod to start with even if it is really small like a bamboo skewer.

-- forget that, I just checked you link. why not copy his machine, it looks pretty simple?

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brandegor (author)2009-12-29

Along the lines of the wet newspaper - my mother used to make these logs for the fireplace, and used cat food or tuna fish cans to hold them together. For a smaller diameter, other cans could be used ...

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Burf (author)2009-12-28

An old friend showed me a trick for making newspaper fireplace logs: wet the paper and roll it up while still wet.  Roll it up on your driveway or sidewalk using your open hands to roll and squeeze out as much of the water as possible. Tie the ends with cotton twine and put the paper logs on a rack to dry outside. If you're in a hurry, you can dry them in an oven set at its lowest setting.

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merimaid (author)Burf2009-12-29

Thanks Burf.

The end us is to use for construction so needs to be tighter and neater. Something like this:

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