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Blog entry by GaryCN posted 1704 days ago 2414 reads 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m thinking about making some Nutcrackers from a viewer project on http://thewoodwhisperer.com/nut-cracker-viewer-project-of-the-week/ for stocking stuffers, Marc does not have a drawing. Any Google SketchUP experts out there that would like to try making a plan to post?

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati



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#1 posted 1704 days ago

Let me see what I can do…

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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#2 posted 1704 days ago

Ok so I came up with this, really more like a draft than anything else, is this what you expected?

http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m116/alonsou/woodshop/nutcrackerpencilsketch.jpg

http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m116/alonsou/woodshop/nutcracker3dsketch.jpg

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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#3 posted 1704 days ago

Thanks, for any help I have tried Sketchup but don’t quite understand it as I’ve only tried it a few times and always give up on it. It’s a simple project, three parts and I could probably pull it off from the notes but I like
to have a drawing to start with.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#4 posted 1704 days ago

I hope you find this useful, I’m not an expert on sketchup either, but if I think I can help, I will be happy to do it.

You can see that the 1” hole on the hexagon is not all the way thru, I was trying different ways and sketchup keep telling me “cannot push/pull curved or smoothed surfaces” I know there’s a way to do it, but I just don’t know how yet.

Alonso

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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#5 posted 1704 days ago

The resident expert is DaveR

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#6 posted 1703 days ago

Does it work with Mac?

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#7 posted 1703 days ago

Dave, you said the threader is a platform independent, do you mean it is kind like a add on for sketchup? What’s its name? Like always, amazing work Dave!!

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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#8 posted 1703 days ago

Thank you Dave, excellent information I will try it as soon as I get home from work today.

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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#9 posted 1703 days ago

They both look good, I know not to drill completly thru the large hole. The threader is 3/4” I purchased the same one that was posted on woodwhisperer.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#10 posted 1703 days ago

Instructions say that the 3/4” tap uses a 5/8” drill bit. The die cut a 3/4 ” dowel ok.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#11 posted 1703 days ago

I can get by with the ones provided, Marc might like some to post on his site Woodwisperer where I found the project. He is a member here.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#12 posted 1698 days ago

I think I’ll up size it slightly to 3.5” that way all the sides are 2” I ran a prototype today at 3” using a 2”1/4 hole and the side walls look a little thin about 3/8” (I had the 2 1/4” forstner bit so that is what I used) I’ll post some photo’s later.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#13 posted 1697 days ago

My Drafting and imageNutcracker drafting
Image
Notes from this attempt, drill the small hole first to minimize tear out.
I split the bolt chucking it in a lathe, next time I’ll glue a temporary block on the dowel end. I was just tapering the splitting end and rounding off the nob. I’ll probably make the next one with a bolt head like the authors version.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#14 posted 1697 days ago

Generate graph paper site was helpful
http://incompetech.com/graphpaper/hexagonal/

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#15 posted 1697 days ago

2nd prototype in progress
Nut Nutcracker
with a few shots from the graph paper generator linked in the previous post. Print the image, a little 3M spray adhesive and the layout is done. The generator allows you to select various sizes, and to place a dot in the center. I used 2” for the large hex and .0875 for the smaller bolt head. It took me about 2 hours to almost finish the second one today, I used a router to round off the edges on the big nut. I purchased a 8/4 hunk of walnut for this project 18” will yield about 3 if it is at least 3” wide. My board was about 6.5 bf approx 5.5”wide X 7’
I tossed one out today because of checking in the grain near the end of the board. My mailman will get one with a bag of Walnuts for Christmas. I should be able to mass produce a few quicker now.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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