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.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.