Posted on August 5, 2005
Here is the gutted waffle iron. No more griddles. No more insides. I liked the way the color of the metal around the heating coils had been changed from the heat. I decided to keep the coil. I was going to replace the coil with E.L. wire. When I examined it further I realized that the E.L. wire fit perfectly inside the coil.
When you turn on the machine it actually looks like the coil is glowing hot. People have actually asked me if the heat is bad for the computer!
Work in progress. Notice the power cord plugs in here.
Here it is from behind. I ran the power leads for the E.L. wire and the power L.E.D. through the original conduit to the lid.
Here it is all hooked up and running.
Lit up, lights on. Notice how the E.L. wire gives the appearance of a hot glowing coil.
Another picture, this time lit up in the dark.
Here is a close up of the coil.
I learned a lot making this. I broke one Acrylic base when drilling holes for the feet. I also learned a lot about polishing the edges of acrylic. Filing and a little butane torch work really well.
Next time around I think I'll get a better soldering iron.
Overall though the real key is to just have patience. Taking it very slowly is key. It's hard when you're as impatient as I am!
It was originally supposed to function as a slimserver for my squeezebox and for file storage. I think I might just make it a media pc. It might look cool in my living room.
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