I'd hunt around and see if you can find somewhere that sells wood in tiny stock sizes and skip the machining step completely. You also may be able to get away with skipping the planer...it really helps to get the rods uniform and fit together nice n' tight, but some careful machining on table saw will get you pretty darn close.
The toxic fumes get released when you burn plastic so as long as you're doing a gentle melt it's cool. My sandwich toaster was set to 180oC which didn't give me any smoke or smells with HDPE, and I worked in a well ventilated space just to make sure.
Now that's a much more efficent way of doing things! Great tip.
They look great! Doing it like this is definitely punishing when you try to scale up production but I'm not brave enough to go in on an injection molder or alike. I'd love to hear any and all ideas you've got...My latest pondering is a geodesic globe (lots of triangles!)
Thank you! Please let me know if they like the idea!
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Thank you! Have added it to the 'ible. Thanks for the advice!
Thank you! The Arduino was more to even out the fluttering circuit from the alarm hammer, but yes, it would probably still work without it.
I don't know about making it safe, but it won't mangle the cat!
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