Transform everyday objects into robots
CHEESE GUARDIAN By Branimir Misic
SINCE a cheese grater’s purpose is to end the existence of a block of cheese, I imagined this repurposed cheese grater to be, in its second life, the opposite – a protector of cheese. To this end, I gave him a weapon – a trident – to defend the cheese, and named him suitably as Cheese Guardian. His component parts came from the usual antique markets and hardware stores that I visit, and I tried to give him the characteristics of a soldier – stiff and disciplined, standing guard, with weapon ready in hand.
SIZE: 25 x 13 cm (10 x 5 in) WEIGHT: 0.4 kg (14 oz)
1 metal measuring cup 1 cheese grater 2 spoons 2 dinner forks 1 salad-server fork 8 bolts 8 nuts 2 metal buttons 12 tooth-lock washers 1 plain washer
Drill, screwdriver, pliers
Once you have gathered together your parts and tools, assembly of your Cheese Guardian should take around an hour. First, put together the head by drilling two holes in the measuring cup, about halfway down, and bolting on the metal buttons, affixing with nuts, bolts and tooth-lock washers, to make the eyes.
Next, decide where you would like to position the arms and legs on your guardian’s cheese-grater body. Drill holes accordingly and use as many nuts, bolts
and washers as you need to fix the fork arms and spoon legs to the back of the grater. Bend the spoons into feet and shape one of the forks into position so it can grip a larger salad-server fork as a trident. Bolt the fork hand to the trident and let the end of the trident rest on the floor – this will provide a useful additional point of stability for the piece.
Finally, screw the head to the top front of the body with a final nut and bolt, and your guardian is ready to protect you and your cheese!
ROCKING ROVER By Paul Loughridge
ROCKING Rover is my little K-9 buddy who was conceived and designed over the course of a few evenings. I already had the 1973 plaid steel thermos, then decided to make a rocking puppy (as opposed to rocking horse), and raided my collection of unwanted kitchen and leisure items to find the right pieces. His aluminium salt-shaker head is a little heavier than his garlic-press tail, so he had to be internally weighted to achieve the correct stance. Who said you can’t teach a 1973 thermos dog new tricks?
46 x 26.5 cm (18 x 10½ in)
1.1 kg (2 lb 7 oz)
1 1973 steel thermos 4 bicycle coaster brake arms 1 aluminium salt shaker, large 1 bicycle reflector bracket 2 pocket watch gears 1 auto repair meter knob 1 garlic press 1 kitchen measuring spoon 1 dental impression tray 1 retired wooden tennis racket 34 assorted washers 19 assorted bolts and screws 19 assorted small nuts
Hacksaw, hand files, plane, tin snips, drill, ratchet wrench, socket wrench
Start by laying out all of your found pieces in line with your doggy design and cut them to the appropriate shapes as necessary, filing and planing any sharp edges. For Rocking Rover, I trimmed his two rocker treads from an old tennis racket, snipped the handle off an old red salt shaker for his head, sawed a dental impression tray in half for his flappy ears, trimmed a measuring spoon for his tongue, and dismantled a vintage steel thermos to use the shell for his body.
First, securely mount four matching bicycle coaster brake arms to the thermos to make his legs by drilling two holes each side of the thermos and fixing the brake arms with washers, nuts and bolts of suitable sizes. Because the thermos shell is hollow, you are able to hide most of the nuts and washers on the inside, making for a cleaner and less cluttered final piece.
Next, fix the tennis racket rockers to the bottom of the legs with some further drilling and bolting together. To complete the body, take the bowl half of the garlic press and bolt to the bottom end of the thermos to make Rover’s perky tail.
For the puppy’s head, attach the two pocket watch gears for eyes, the two halves of the dental impression tray for characterful flappy ears, the spoon for his tongue and the auto repair meter knob for his shiny black nose, drilling the necessary holes and screwing everything securely in place. Finally, use the bicycle reflector arm as a neck to join the head to the body, and Rocking Rover is fully housebroken and ready to go!
The Cheese Guardian, left, and assemblage, above Assembled is styled by Aliki Kirmitsi