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Wooden blender base // power drill to food blender converter Answered

I love projects which use power drills to power kitchen appliances: example 1example 2example 3example 4
I live in a tiny home and the idea of having just one DC motor acting as a multi-functional appliances makes sense to me.

Now, what I would love is to use my power drill as a food processor/blender. Actually, people have already made an immersion blender with a paint mixer and a normal blender by sticking the drill bit directly into an old blender blade. This is a great start, but it's not the best for when I need to blend something at high speeds for a long time.

What would be great is to expand that last instructable with a base such that A) the vessel is upright and B) secure, and that C) I can safely push my drill against without worrying about twisting or anything. I've attached a potential schematic. Where I get lost is how to keep the rods/gears securely in place in a wooden/acrylic base without causing lots of friction against wood. I have close to zero handyman experience so if someone took this up I'd be eternally grateful!

Alternatively, a belt could be used as done in food processors (example). It seems like it would be harder to drill downwards onto a kitchen counter, though.


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3 years ago

Forget it in wood or plastic unless you are really great creating structurally sound things.
A blender runs much faster than your average drill, so you would need a gearbox between blender and drill for starters.
I have a 40 year old blender that still works fine due to being very heavy and metal everywhere, the motor on this one has enough torque to spin the blender if full and you don't hold it in place - this thing makes snow out of ice cudes in seconds LOL
For your project it might be best to first search for a suitable 90° conversion, either a small differential, flexible drive shaft (like on a lawn trimmer) or with a gear box that suits the input and output needs - all preferably in metal.
Whatever you choose it meeds to be mounted so there is no play/vibration transfered to the blender knifes as otherwise your seal will fail very quickly and the blender leaks.
Last thought for the speed problem: It might be possible to remove the gearbox from your drill so you can use the full speed of the motor, of course that would make the drill useless for other applications...