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The Toaster Project: Or a Heroic Attempt to Build a Simple Electric Appliance from Scratch

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Cheapest toaster he can find in London to researching how to smelt metal in a fifteenth century treatise His incisive restrictions all parts of the toaster must be made from scratch and Thwaites had to make the toaster himself made his task difficult but not impossible It took nine months and cost 250 times than the toaster he bought at the store In the end Thwaites reveals the true ingredients in the products we use every day Most interesting is not the final creation but the lesson learned The Toaster Project helps. Amazing book I re

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Where do our things really come from China is the most common answer but Thomas Thwaites decided he wanted to know In The Toaster Project Thwaites asks what lies behind the smooth buttons on a mobile phone or the cushioned soles of running sneakers What is involved in extracting and processing materials To answer these uestions Thwaites set out to construct from scratch one of the most commonplace appliances in our kitchens today a toaster The Toaster Project takes the reader on Thwaites s journey from dismantling the. The essential pre Droit musulman. Des successions. Du statut personnel et des successions - Tome 2: d'après les différents rites et plus particulièrement d'après le rite hanafite phone or the cushioned soles of running sneakers What is involved in extracting and Droit musulman : du statut personnel et des successions d'après les différents rites Tome 1 processing materials To answer these uestions Thwaites set out to construct from scratch one of the most commonplace appliances in our kitchens today a toaster The Toaster Project takes the reader on Thwaites s journey from dismantling the. The essential Joseph Schacht. Esquisse d'une histoire du droit musulman : Traduit de l'anglais par Jeanne et Félix Arin pre

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Us reflect on the costs and perils of our cheap consumer culture and the ridiculousness of churning out millions of toasters and other products at the expense of the environment If products were designed efficiently with fewer parts that are easier to recycle we would end up with objects that last longer and we would generate less waste altogether Foreword by David Crowley head of critical writing at the Royal College of Art and curator at the Victoria and Albert MuseumFollow Thomas Thwaites in his newest book GoatMa. The author decide


13 thoughts on “The Toaster Project: Or a Heroic Attempt to Build a Simple Electric Appliance from Scratch

  1. says:

    The essential premise behind Thomas Thwaites' The Toaster Project is that in this modern world of ours, we take a lot for granted. Like toasters, for instance.

    The 20 something Thwaites decided to create a toaster from scratch for a college project. And by "from scratch", I mean going all the way back to the raw materials from the earth. He used as his model a toaster from a local department store in England that cost the consumer just under four British pounds, or around six American dollars. Deconstructing this toaster, he determined what the various parts were made of, and set out to mine and refine the minerals and whatnot he would need to make his own. He set certain rules for himself to make the experience authentic, and had nine months in which to complete it all. Along the way, Thwaites shares his project with numerous experts in the fields of mining and refining, as well as friend, relatives, and helpful drunks, meeting with various levels of enthusiasm. There is a toaster at the end of the book. I'll just leave it at that.

    A fan of the late British sci fi/humor writer Douglas Adams, Thwaites cites as part of his inspiration a quote from Adams' novel Mostly Harmless, wherein one of his main characters, a modern man from planet Earth, is dropped onto another world with only a very primitive civilization. At first, the man has big dreams of totally transforming these "backwards" people with the technology he knows from home. However, as Adams puts it, "Left to his own devices he [the modern man from Earth] couldn't even build a toaster. He could just about make a sandwich, and that was it." Instead of becoming a great transformer for their society, the primitive people make him their official sandwich maker. I suspect many of us would be lucky to even get that title if put in a similar situation.

    The Toaster Project was a fun, fast read. Thwaites manages to be consistently informative and funny, folding in his views on the consumer culture and its environmental impact without ever being preachy or long winded. His humorous, self deprecating style permeates the account, and the technical portions are never dry and boring. On top of it all, he makes you stop and think about all of our "stuff", where it comes from, the people and resources involved in creating it, and what happens to it when we are through. Thwaites posits that if we were actually paying what our possessions were truly worth in terms of the overall labor, transportation, environmental impact, etc involved in their creation, price tags would be much heavier. Even by his admittedly ramshackle accounting, his final version of a toaster cost nearly 1,190 British pounds, or 1,880 American dollars.

    A book that will make you both chuckle and think, The Toaster Project by Thomas Thwaites is one I highly recommend.

    One disappointment for me, a problem with the publisher and not the author, is that the photographs on my Kindle e ink reader were distorted and nearly indecipherable. These photos were fair important in documenting the project. They looked fine in the Kindle Cloud app on my computer, however. , don't leave your e ink reader users behind!


  2. says:

    Spoiler alert: The author succeeded, mostly, in making his toaster, although he ended up making the exterior from some plastic trash he found rather than from petroleum (turns out making plastic on your own is much difficult than smelting metal) and I don't think he managed a return spring to pop out the toast when done.

    Mr. Thwaites was a British art student at the time he undertook to make a toaster from the raw ingredients as a school project and in order to demonstrate how dependent we are upon a complicated web of supply of hard to refine raw ingredients, all of which require considerable energy expenditure to both extract and process. I found his travails in finding ingredients (iron ore, etc.) and processing them amusing, and his larger point interesting.


  3. says:

    We need people to remind us of the magnitude of the giants upon whose shoulders we stand. Thomas Thwaites does a nice job of describing his journey to see just how far we've come and how astonishingly much technology and knowledge goes into even the simplest product that we take for granted. A good and thought provoking read, especially recommended for middle and high school students.

    My only quibble is that the author was clearly a grad student with limited time and budget. The book is short, and I found myself wishing that he'd had time to explore and especially to write about some of the details that get little mention. Buy the book perhaps he'll be able to do a expansive sequel.


  4. says:

    Amazing book I read it for my class and it was one of the most interesting reads I’ve ever had and very educational about the economy


  5. says:

    This book first takes you on a really fascinating, enjoyable and nicely paced educational journey. Then without being preachy the author makes you think about our dependence on worldwide manufacturing, it's dependence on raw materials, your consumer habits and how all those are having a lasting impact on mother earth. Highly recommend.


  6. says:

    I gave this book as a gift to my brother who is an engineer. I have yet to find anything he could not repair, restore or revamp. He is always called upon to fix things at my house! It seems in this disposable life, folks under appreciate how things are made. I heard the author on NPR and immediately knew my brother would like this book, and he says he did. He mentioned that he found a huge technical error, not sure what that is, but he emailed the author, so time will tell who is right. (a betting person would go with Uncle Pete)


  7. says:

    I am maker since I was little boy, the book is great to me. Always want to do this kind of stuff


  8. says:

    Love it. Serious, yet laced with humor. Shows how many resources are used for a simple thing like a toaster and then just discarded onto the growing pile of appliances, electronics and TV's. Are they not reusable in some form??


  9. says:

    The author decided to make a toaster from scratch, sourcing all the raw materials. The book goes into a fair amount of detail as to how he obtained these materials, which is interesting. However, there is not a lot about how these were actually put together, which I would consider equally important. There is also no consideration of the importance of craft skills in making such an object. For example, the plastic cover is made in a crude mould, but there is apparently no attempt to trim it or otherwise improve it once the moulding has taken place. The finished item is therefore unnecessarily badly made.


  10. says:

    The author tries to make a toaster (price £6.95 retail) by starting with the raw materials and takes us through an entertaining journey on how the division of labour brings many benefits by describing his complete failure in trying to go solo (cost £100s manufacture)

    Anyone with any level of interest in economics, technology and logistics will gain much from this.

    The economist Adam Smith got there first in 1776 with the description of how a pin factory increases productivity in


  11. says:

    A thoughtful librarian had put this book on display in the library at Bristol university engineering section. I ended up buying a copy. A brilliantly original idea. Brilliantly executed. This is a book with substance, to make you think. The final chapter of reflection is great too. If you are at all reflective about this strange mad throwaway world then you should beg borrow or steal a copy.


  12. says:

    He explained the central idea very well Mass consumerism is damaging our planet for superficial comforts and illustrated it with the heroic failure trying to build a toaster from scratch. I just wish he had finished the story of how he presented the project at his university and told us if he ever managed to toast some bread!

    Every story needs some hope and I don't think this one did. He writes in an amusing and self deprecating style but it all ends without any payoff. It is worth reading even it it is just to see what a medieval toaster would look like!


  13. says:

    A fantastic, funny yet informed read. The novel feels like a documentary, informative and intriguing without being preachy. I'm not sure if the book was written as a critique of consumerism, or with a view to highlighting the impact of our throwaway culture on the environment, or maybe just for the pure engineering thrill. Whatever the reason, I loved it and I think you will too.


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