Why pay $14.99 for a can crusher when you can make on in five days flat?

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Project by sfglass posted 05-24-2016 11:53 PM 1620 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had this sheet of badly warped Baltic birch and needed a project that I could waste it on.
The wife had been saving aluminum cans for a while and we needed a can crusher.
I looked at few on the internet and cobbled together a plan.
Hope you like it.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 05-25-2016 03:01 AM

Very cool. I love tools made from wood! Nice going.

Hey, Welcome to Lumberjocks. You have some cool project on here already!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 05-25-2016 12:03 PM

Good looking cobble!

I know what you mean about taking a lot of time on “homemade” when you coulda bought one in just minutes…

And you “just happened to have” those stars on hand? Love it!

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#3 posted 05-25-2016 12:46 PM

Nice build! How about a few more photos, especially a close up of the handle pivot area from a few different angles? Sure would be nice to copy this project but we need photos!

-- Dennis, WV

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Joe Weaver

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#4 posted 05-25-2016 12:55 PM

well done

-- Joe, Ga

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#5 posted 05-25-2016 02:48 PM

That’s one heckuva nice can crusher. FWIW, I look at all my projects like that. The real point of joy, though, is while anything you’d buy is dead after five years, anything you’d build in classical style is just getting started!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#6 posted 05-25-2016 03:37 PM

Good work and a VERY NEAT shop STOOL!

Even says “HI” while you are sitting on it!.

My dad and I used to drive IHC Pickups! Tough as rocks—not real comfortable and drove like trucks, mostly.

The last one my dad had was a 345 cu in engine and torsion bar front suspension. Was a thirsty; but very wild ride!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#7 posted 05-25-2016 05:36 PM

Very creative and a very nice practical project. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 05-25-2016 07:16 PM

Thanks all,
Ralbuck the IH stool is a reminder of the 1964 IH 240 Utility tractor I drug home years back and nursed it through many years of service.
Dennis wanted some closeups for ideas on how he might build something like it so I’ll post a couple of links for that purpose.
Yes underdog the stars used to be on the back porch posts at my old house, couldn’t leave them there now could I? They do a great job on the Crusher in that they provide protection to the more delicate plywood, since they are higher in the center they keep the can centered during the “crush” and they just look darn good in there.
Now let me see about some links or photos for Dennis.
see the video here:


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#9 posted 05-25-2016 08:33 PM

great project to do. I’m sure your wood version looks much better than the one for sale.

-- Paul, "Measure once, cut twic"

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#10 posted 05-25-2016 09:12 PM

Looks good.

I have bought (and broken) TWO of those cheap metal crushers (like $5.99 apiece) and finally gave up.
Now I just set the cans on the floor and stomp ‘em with my foot!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#11 posted 05-25-2016 09:28 PM

So I have one last link to share. When I built the Can Crusher I showed the video of me trying it out before I mounted it on the wall. After building the mounting plate and actually attaching it to the wall it worked much better.

There, that’s all folks.

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