|Project by Von||posted 07-17-2014 01:58 AM||3083 views||7 times favorited||10 comments|
If you think you’ve seen this kind of thing on the internet sooooomewhere before, you are right. I loosely based my build on different models I found on the far reaches of YouTube and other internet haunts. The 2 versions mine is most closely related to both used a set of internal rails that the plunger block sat between. I had initially thought to do the same thing, until I realized that if the plunger block was made a bit longer, it would self-guide and likely not need the internal rails to keep it in position. Actually, I didn’t want to go to all the work of getting the rails in the right place and getting matched rail slots cut in the block… Could have been done, I just got….lazy. It turned out that an 8 inch long plunger block actually self guides very nice. A slight bit of sanding on all sides to give it a fingernail’s width of slop against the inside walls and she slides back and forth like it’s on bearings. Nice!
The shoot walls are set up for 3 different sized bales: 8” 10” and 12” x 6” -just choose the appropriate holes to tie off the length you need.
This was pretty much my “winter” project as I started puttering with the design waaaay back in November 2013, first couple of parts were cut around January and most of the final parts were cut out by March of this year. Finnish and assembly has taken me since about mid April until today. Gotta go knock down and dry out some grass and hay now and put this booger to work!. Small pet and craft bales around here are in fairly high demand and we want to have a supply set up for the local farmer’s market.
It’s about 40 inches long and weighs barely 10 pounds. Made of white pine. With the handle down and the rope lock hooked, it’s very easy to carry around. I have half a mind to take it to the market and press bales while I’m there. I don’t know…. a good eye can easily pick out the goof ups and not-so-square holes and such. Maybe some paint….. naaaaah, it’s just extra character… right?