Coconut scraper from re-bar

coconut scraper

This kitchen tool scrapes the meat out of the coconut shell much like a grater, making it a one step process for fresh grated coconut. It is made out of a small piece or rebar. One end of the re-bar is hammered out flat and tines ground in, while the other end is more pointed and bent towards the wood like a stinger. This way it only requires one hole the middle for a nail or screw to mount it securely. It is usually mounted on a low bench to sit on while a pan is placed under it to catch the grated meat. This was purchased for very little in the Philippines but with a small number of tools you could make one too.

Finding loose change


In some countries there are coin operated machine such as at laundry mats or car washes that sometimes people forget to pick up their change by the machines or from the coin dispensers. At car washes, some vacuum machines have coins laying around or inside the vacuum waste trap. Also fast food places with a drive through drop change by accident and do not bother to pick it up. Do not forget to check around in cushion chairs or the ground around picnic tables for lost pocket change. At parks coins are often lost beneath swing sets and other such provisions of entertainment. Dirty laundry hampers may have clothes with change left in the pockets too. Fairs, Flea markets, open markets and such are vulnerable to loosing change where vendors give change and customers dig in their pockets. In grassy parks or on beaches, a metal detector with a coin probe often works well. A ice pick works for a cheap coin probe. For a cheap hand held metal detector for a small search, a calculator and a small am radio can be taped together. Under car seats have yielded coins too. Always be aware that used clothes and purses at garage sales and thrift stores have yielded money to the buyers before!

Automatic Animal Feeder

automatic animal feeder

This feeder is made from 4 inch PVC pipe and a Y. A cut up 2 liter pop bottle fits nicely as shown for plugging the bottom and covering the top fill. Of course you will need to glue it all together with the exception of the lid cover made from the bottom of the 2 liter bottle. If you plan to use it outdoors, you will need to add some small drain holes at the bottom. After assembly, you can paint it what ever color you like too. This can easily be used for pets, wild life, and even small farm animals.