For the eight of us still reading a daily newspaper, compiling the week's news into a recycling bundle that's able to withstand the journey from kitchen to recycling bin fully intact is a battle of wits, strength and patience. Okay, I'm being dramatic, but wouldn't it be nice to have a simple contraption to make the job oh-so-much simpler? That's what the editors of Popular Science were thinking back in June of 1971 when they provided readers with just such a contraption.
Re-creating (and updating) this newspaper baler is actually quite easy, thanks to the detailed diagram provided with the 1971 article. All you need is a single 4' X 4' sheet of 1/2-inch plywood ($15), a handful of other inexpensive materials ($24), and an afternoon of your time.
Check out the gallery to break it down and build it for yourself.