Day 10: Auto Panning System
L, Kathy and I are given the challenge of making an automated gold panning
extraction "plant." Mike L and Kathy make up the sluicing
cradle and I crack on making the water wheel to power it. The idea is
to make a compact sluice box in the form of a sort of cradle that can
be rocked. As the gold-carrying water runs down the machine the gold particles
are collected in the various sluice trays and the rocking disperses the
rocks evenly and makes the filtration more effective. Ideally the waterwheel
could power the rocking of the cradle and also power a water pump to make
sure the sluice never runs dry.
3 of us had a great day today. All the crew mucked in - Sandra, John and
Derek all doing their own share of sawing when they could, and bit by
bit by the end of the day we had made all the parts for the equipment.
Tomorrow we assemble and see how it all works out. That night we had various
ideas for the water pump. I thought we might be able to make an Archimedean
screw pump but looking at my designs I don't think I am going to
have time. Mike L has a nice design for a tennis ball water pump so we
will see how it goes.