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Manbench Industries; Purveyors of general mayhem since 1994, a blog to follow the crazed, possibly deranged projects and emotive musings, of an undergraduate engineer, and an apprentice organ builder who have always felt they were born in the wrong age. Follow us as we, re-write history, learn lost skills, discover strange new worlds, break things, rant at things, mend things, make new things and generally find ways of passing the day instead of doing "proper work" !

Monday, 6 May 2013

The Influence of Drink...

Last year, before a BBQ with a bunch of school friends, we decided it would be a good idea to make a water wheel powered rotisserie...don't ask why, it just was! Anyway, with scraps scavenged out of the school workshop scrap bins, a crude water wheel powered rotisserie was assembled in ten minutes at the end of the lunch break. Upon testing the extremely crude contraption, it was discovered the water wheel flung water everywhere - not much good for a BBQ, so it was put away, and the BBQ continued. Anyway, a few pints down the line, and we decided, much like the mine owners of the early 1700's that water wheels were outdated, and what was needed was steam...

I belted up my D.R Mercer traction engine to the rotisserie, and the following hilarity ensued...

An improved version is being mooted, using a more powerful engine, more suitable gearing, a larger BBQ and a multiple spindle rotisserie!

The Engineer.

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