|Project by Jim Jakosh||posted 09-18-2014 06:10 PM||3567 views||41 times favorited||35 comments|
I started to make one but had enough wood for 5 so that is how many shook out of one board. I have one sold so I’ll take the others to the show in October.
These are nut crackers made from oak and maple. I could not find any maple dowels in the hardware stores like I used to- just oak and poplar. So I was at the Buckley Old Engine show last month and they were making 3/4” maple dowels on this old machine from the 1920’s. I bought a bunch of them and each one had the Buckley 2014 stamp on it so two of the crackers have all Buckley stamped rods in them.
I have made 3 kinds of nut crackers and this is the best I have and the only one I will continue to make. It is very effective and easy to use if you have arthritis in your hands like I do. You just drop the nut in the top hole, twist it till it cracks and turn it over to dump out the pieces.
I had a brainstorm today to wrap a piece of cloth or leather around the rods to keep all the pieces contained -maybe a bag for over the whole thing!! They have a tendency to throw shells quite a ways when doing English walnuts!! I’ll be making one soon.
The rods are held in with flat head screws and finishing washers. They are finished with clear lacquer.
-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!