'Old Time' Meters

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Project by daltxguy posted 03-07-2008 11:18 AM 2394 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
'Old Time' Meters
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100% recycled everything. The meters are from a retrofitted power station on the N. Island of New Zealand, the wood is quartersawn cedar from a kitchen cabinet shop which regularly puts out their offcuts for the public to take away.

The meters have actually been recalibrated to read 0-800ma on the left meter ( yes, the one marked, yikes, kV) and 0-15v on the right one ( the one marked Amps!) – well, I know what it is – in any case, handy and in regular use for a small battery charger that I built.

The finish is linseed oil.

Just thought I would show that wood can be functional again in other things besides furniture, shop tools or jigs – old and new technologies can indeed mix. I really like the thought of bringing back wood into our everyday items instead of plastic or steel. One of these days I’ll tackle that wooden computer case!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 03-07-2008 12:52 PM

Hi Steve

This is a nice example of re-using wood. I love projects like this. it creates a win-wins situation for everyone when wood, destined for a fireplace or landfill, finds a new usage. But not only is this functional but it is a good looking tool as well.

Nice job. Good luck on the computer case. If anyone can do it I am sure, on the basis of this post, that you can find a way.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 03-07-2008 01:34 PM

I like Old Time things and this one is realy nice. I´m looking forvard to your computer case.

-- Jiri

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#3 posted 03-07-2008 01:42 PM

Nice to see analog meters again. Everything seems to be going digital.

Great job!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 03-07-2008 04:07 PM

That is really cool looking, nice job. Quality in any area is always nice to see.

-- Hope Never fails

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#5 posted 03-07-2008 04:16 PM

cool use of old stuff

-- tn hillbilly.." tryin to do the best i can with what i got "

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#6 posted 03-07-2008 10:05 PM

Nice. I, too, like to see things ‘re-purposed.’

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#7 posted 03-08-2008 08:14 AM

Thats pretty cool. I like your idea of using wood in place of other materials.

-- Happy woodworking!

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