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Project by Karson posted 03-07-2018 11:07 PM 795 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

MsDebbie in her newsletter at WoodworkingWeb talked about Chocolate Covered Nuts as a theme, and as I read it I thought, I just created one of those but I sent it off to my son for a Christmas Present.

So I just had to make another one so I had pictures, because if you don’t have pictures, it never happened.

This was made out of some cutoff walnut lumber. It was maybe 6 quarter and 17 1/2” X 6”. I resawed it into two slices and thickness planed it to 1/2”.

I measured a mason jar to see how big it was so that I could make a box to put the jar in. It’s 3 1/4 X 5 1/2”. The box was made with 1/4 X 1/4” rabbits on all 4 sides on the inside surface. So 2 sides were 1/2” wider than I needed for the contents of the mason jar. The other two sides were 1” wider than the contents of the mason jar. The bottom was the same width as the first 2 sides and the top was the width of the latter two sides. The bottom and the top were both square.

I glued it up, put rubber bands around it and put it in the microwave for 30 seconds to set the glue. I took it out and started sanding it. Rounded the edges except for the bottom and wiped it down with Gel Varnish. All done in an hour.

I sanded two walnuts on the end to make them flat. Drilled it with a drill bit just less than my screws and attached the walnut to the top as the lift.

So there you have it Chocolate covered nuts.

I’ve cracked about 1,500 walnuts so far this winter and I’ve got about another 1,500 to go. There are still about 3,000 still on the ground where I found these.

My testing have found that with larger walnuts about 30 will fill a 1/2 pint jar and 60-65 will fill a pint jar. I’ve cracked about 4 gallons and given most of them away. I’m keeping them in the garage to keep cold because I’ve found that they will spoil if left on the kitchen counter.

They specify keeping them in a refrig or freezing them to keep. They however keep if left in the shell. So I’m not going to crack the ones in storage until I need them.

If you notice that the lid on the larger box matches the grain of the side. I didn’t notice that until I had put on the finish. Next time I will match all 4 sides and have a matching top and bottom. But, that’s saved to next time.

The last picture has the box filled with un-cracked Walnuts which is how I’ll keep it on my desk.

The small one will be sent to MsDebbie if she will send me her address.

I failed to mention that I’m using a “Grandpa’s Goodie Getter” Nut cracking tool. It works great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †





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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 03-07-2018 11:22 PM

Nice work my friend.

Lee

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lew

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#2 posted 03-07-2018 11:28 PM

Beautiful, Karson, David should love that gift!

Lot’s of walnut trees up here, especially along the roads and fence lines. I think the squirrels plant most of them. Hope you wore gloves when you took the husks off. They can really stain your fingers!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 03-07-2018 11:34 PM

Wow I heard there were a lot of nuts around your place Karson and now this confirms it LOL
Those are a lot of nuts to crack, and you’re only have way there, whew your a dedicated cracking machine for sure.
Looks like a great idea , keep up the good work

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Karson

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#4 posted 03-08-2018 12:32 AM

To remove the husks I used “Harbor Freight Nitrile Gloves” with an outer glove of a cloth backed but the palm and palm side of the fingers was a surface that seemed like sand in Polyurethane. They worked great. I could do about 200 nuts in a setting until I got tired.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#5 posted 03-08-2018 02:55 AM

Very good, Great Job!

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#6 posted 03-08-2018 07:30 PM

Wow, I love the grain matching!!! Great job on the whole project!

-- Mike

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Karson

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#7 posted 03-09-2018 03:13 AM

Thanks Lee, Lou, Jim, Joe and Mike. Ze’ev thanks for the comments on Facebook.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#8 posted 03-09-2018 10:45 AM

Karson, what a nice project. i liked the grain match and the idea of a walnut as a knob on top of the box. That is a lot of cracking and picking to get the meat out of the walnuts. We used to put walnuts in a burlap bag and set the bag on the driveway to run over with the car for a week to remove the hulls.

What kind of glue did you use that cured in the microwave in a minute?

-- Big Al in IN

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Karson

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#9 posted 03-09-2018 04:08 PM

Boxguy:

As a result of my testing and reading about radio wave cured glue that is used in furniture and commercial applications I said to myself “What are radio waves , and what are microwave boxes on our counter. They are cooking and heating our food with radio waves!” So my test was to use regular old (or new) yellow glue – white glue works also.

Do your glue up and if it fits in your microwave hit the power button. Depending on how much wood you have you might need more time. But my tests have been for 10 to 40 seconds. The wood will be warm but not hot. If it’s hot use less time.

The glue is set up (Not fully cured) but it will allow you to work with it and sand it and continue gluing on additional pieces. Rubber bands are not impacted with the microwave. they don’t seem to lose any of their strechyness or desire to fall apart like those 5 year old rubber-bands that you found in the back of the drawer.

This process has helped our woodworking workshops because you don’t have to wait for a couple of hours before you can get back to working on your project.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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Karson

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#10 posted 03-09-2018 04:17 PM

Boxguy:

I tried to run over the walnuts with my vehicle however I just sunk them into the dirt. I shucked them all with my hands. After they were dry I put them in a cement mixer with some rocks and chunks of broken concrete and turned them for 30 minutes to knock off all of the left over husks. Hit them with a hose to clean up all of the dust and they are ready to continue drying.

I found that if they haven’t cured enough when you crack them the nut meat falls apart. Once they have pulled away from the shell it is easier to remove the nut from the broken shells. I quite often end up with about 6-7 pieces for each walnut. Usually 4 quarters and then the bridge pieces. Not like English walnuts with the thin shell.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#11 posted 03-10-2018 02:47 AM

Nice one buddy. Great selection of wood.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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