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    OK, here’s my entry into the 2020 Frugalman® award. My trusty old 1986 Boston electric pencil sharpener suffered a sudden fracturing of its main drive gear. The plastic had degraded to a brittle, crumbly substance that resembled dried cheese. I just couldn’t bring myself to bin it & order up a replacement from Amazon. Where’s the fun in that?

    A quick encounter with Mr. Bandsaw’, the lathe and the mill transformed it into a manual sharpener that should be good for another 34 years.











    Last edited by DICKEYBIRD; 03-14-2020, 12:24 PM.
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  • #2
    That's a fantastic job! I really hate it when drive components are made out of plastic.

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    • #3
      You did not make another gear?

      Why not?
      CNC machines only go through the motions.

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      • #4
        Cast a new gear in polyurethane.

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        • #5
          Is that a case of a nylon gear absorbing the solvent from the grease and losing it's strength? I wonder how a replacement gear that has never seen grease would have fared over that same time period?

          I like the repair- nothing like keeping a relic in operation long after its 'due date'. It does make me wonder though how long various plastics should be expected to last.
          I seldom do anything within the scope of logical reason and calculated cost/benefit, etc- I'm following my passion-

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          • #6
            You should 3D print a gear


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            • #7
              If its stupid, but it works, then it aint stupid.

              That said, this is incredibly weird. Best kind of weird though, hell of a conversation starter though!

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              • #8
                They make electric sharpeners? Wow! Where have I been?

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                • #9
                  My neighbor stopped by three days ago with the same model sharpener. The issues with the gear and the same vintage. We did not repair it as he has a couple more to wear out.

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                  • #10
                    I like it, my kinda guy! Always keep a roll of baling wire in the glove box....
                    25 miles north of Buffalo NY, USA

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                    • #11
                      Truly a man after my own heart! Why spend $10 for a new one when you can spend 3 hours fixing the old one?
                      It's all mind over matter.
                      If you don't mind, it don't matter.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by epicfail48 View Post
                        If its stupid, but it works, then it aint stupid.
                        You sure about that? 😉





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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by epicfail48 View Post
                          If its stupid, but it works, then it aint stupid.

                          That said, this is incredibly weird. Best kind of weird though, hell of a conversation starter though!
                          Nothing weird about it as many of the wall mount ones were hand crank also ---- only thing about DB's little modification is it makes me wonder how he's going to use it lol

                          the wall mounts are just that - wall mounted, that leaves one hand to crank (and the wall to counter the action) and one hand to push the pencil in, without a mount of some kind im just seeing a bunch of flopping around and broken pencil ends....

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                          • #14
                            Well, there's no going back now ! ! ! ! Screw it to a wall or bench somewhere an on to the next bit of frugalment ! ! ! !

                            And nice touch with the registered mark in the title. I have a nasty time with trying to get some of the alt codes to work for some reason.
                            Last edited by BCRider; 03-11-2020, 01:24 PM.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Stepside View Post
                              My neighbor stopped by three days ago with the same model sharpener. The issues with the gear and the same vintage. We did not repair it as he has a couple more to wear out.
                              I have one of those and it works fine. Now you've got me worried
                              “I know lots of people who are educated far beyond their intelligence”

                              Lewis Grizzard

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