Many of the steps of making Squirrel kits use expensive and complex equipment.
But sometimes just using your head is all it takes.
Originally I had planned on a system that would pull the elastic out of a box and snip it at regular intervals (and having the elastics fall into another box). That sounded like a fun and reasonably challenging project. I expected to use an arduino microcontroller and some sensors to control the elastic length and alarm when it runs out and finishes a batch.
With the simple method below the elastics are easier to handle because all of them are in a bunch when they come off the template.
Plus this machine needed very little material to make.