HOWTO turn a VCR into an incredibly dangerous toaster

Here's an ill-advised HOWTO from Instructables user Lemonie that shows you how to turn your useless VCR into an incredibly dangerous toaster:

If I thought anyone would attempt this (and they shouldn't) I'd offer the following warnings:
Ensure the metal parts are earthed (I did)
Do not place it on heat-sensitive surfaces.
Do not place heat-sensitive materials on top of it.
Take care not to touch any hot surfaces.
Do not leave the machine unattended.
How to make a VHS video toaster (via OhGizmo)


  1. I can’t imagine who would try this other than truly mad scientists and low-rate daredevils, but the article title is grade-A choice.

  2. In North America toasters are one of the few appliances which are required by law to be left unearthed for safety reasons.

    Due to the likelyhood of someone contacting the live parts (fishing something out with a fork, etc) The chassis is left unearthed to prevent a good path to earth. element -> fork -> guy -> other hand on toaster -> ground

    In a case like this, grounding is necessary, because you likely don’t have the proper isolation that is required.

    I would reiterate though, that it’s an incredibly dangerous design, especially if there’s no ejector for the toast.

  3. I just love the phrase “Incredibly Dangerous Toaster.” I’m totally going to start a band with that name.

    (and then I’m going to slap a sticker with my band name on my luggage at the airport…)

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