Today we had a little play with the newspaper-log-making machine that we got in the Cats' Protection League shop in Stourbridge on Wednesday. It was brand new, in its unopened box - a hopeful gift maybe. Ever keen to discover new ways to get rid of old copies of the Guardian, we had, since Wednesday evening, been depositing them in a large bucket of water.
The basic device looks like this:
The mushy paper is piled in:
The insert placed over the top and pressure applied using leverage on the two crossed arms
Once as much water as possible has been expelled, the insert is removed, followed by the whole liner, now containing a brick of compressed newspaper pulp.
As you can see, we did also try to incorporate some old cardboard, which looks to have been rather less successful and is probably better avoided in future.