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Project by thelt posted 1187 days ago 5310 views 9 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pretty easy project. The plan was published in Woodworkers Journal “Woodworking Secrets: Essential methods and projects for fine tuning your shop skills”. I got the plans when they were offered as a free download from Woodworkers Journal Ezine. The two handle pieces are from some left over Brazilian Cherry and the body is from a 48” piece of 3/4” Red Oak. All I had to buy was the hardware (bolts, acorn nuts and All-Thread) and a stick of 1 1/4” oak dowel. Works real good and a lot sturdier than most of the commercially offered can crushers.

This is where I was talking about the difficulty of boring a 3/8” hole down the center of the dowel in the forum
Problem drilling hole in dowel. Thanks for all the replies and assistance.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."





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christopheralan

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#1 posted 1187 days ago

Very nice project! I looks like a giant pen press! Well done!

-- christopheralan http://www.projectwoodworks.com

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thelt

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#2 posted 1187 days ago

Never thought of it like that. Next pen I make I’ll try it. LOL

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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prompt

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#3 posted 1187 days ago

Sorry. But I do not understand what it is. For what it is?. Maybe wrinkle to the empty tins of cola.

-- Elhan, Azerbaijan

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jack1

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#4 posted 1186 days ago

Looks like the metal one I have but handsomer…

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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Jack_T

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#5 posted 1186 days ago

Elhan, It crushes an empty aluminum can into a disk.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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thelt

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#6 posted 1186 days ago

Elhan, if you want I can email you the plans (they are a free download). I just don’t remember where I found ‘em. Send me your email address if you want the plans.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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cwdance1

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#7 posted 1186 days ago

Very nice project. Great Job

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Wayne

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#8 posted 1186 days ago

looks great! does it bind at all?

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thelt

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#9 posted 1186 days ago

Wayne, no it doesn’t, in fact it’s a very smooth operation. I did have to enlarge the holes in the top where the long bolts are to make it a little easier to operate. A 3/8” hole for a 3/8” bolt was just a tad to tight. It was a smooth operation, just tight. After crushing a twelve pack, it has developed a squeak. I think a little light oil in the right places may help.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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KylesWoodworking

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#10 posted 1185 days ago

thelt,
I would be interested in having the plans, if you don’t mind. Yet me know and I will send you a message with my email.
Thanks for posting,
Kyle

-- http://www.kyleswoodworking.com http://www.facebook.com/kyleswoodworking

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thelt

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#11 posted 1185 days ago

Kyle, message me your email.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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Transition

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#12 posted 1123 days ago

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thelt

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#13 posted 1123 days ago

After using this can crusher for a couple of months, one thing I would change is to find something to replace the laminate. It’s a bit too slick and sometimes the can ill slip out when it’s only half crushed. I’m not sure what to use. The plans say this is to keep the wood from getting all chewed up and to that, it works well. Just a might slippery.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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HerbC

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#14 posted 1040 days ago

thelt,

I’m currently making one of these from the same plans. I’ll post the project when it’s done. Currently waiting for the finish to dry before final assembly.

If the laminate is to slippery, why not use a piece of sandpaper to line the jaws? You could even try the self-adhesive disks…

BTW, thanks for your service. I too served a career in the United States Navy and am proud to say so.

Be Careful!

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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thelt

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#15 posted 1040 days ago

@HerbC: Another failure to this project is the constant motion of using the crusher will loosen the Acorn Nuts and they WILL fall off. I’ve had to use Loctite on them and that seems to be working so far.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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