Meat Grinder Plunger

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Project by dingle posted 11-21-2011 03:09 AM 4081 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The pictures are of a meat plunger that I duplicated from the one that was included with the meat grinder. The picture #5 is the original plunger and the picture #6 is the end of the original plastic plunger showing a hole in it. My son-in-law and grandson are deer hunters and they use the grinder quite often. As can be seen the original plunger has a whole in it and there is meat inside this plunger. My son0in-law ask me if I could make one and I told him yes. Of course as a beginner wood worket I didn’t know how it would turn out. I started with log (variety of wood is unsure) and worked it down to as close to the size of the original plunger and of course mine does not have a whole in the end. I sanded it to a very smooth finish and coated it with Mineral Oil. It turned out fairly good for an amateur.

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#1 posted 11-21-2011 05:56 AM

Excellent! A good plunger for the grinder is an absolute necessity.
This also reminds me, I have to turn a new plunger for our grinder. I switched grinders and the new one does not have a plunger and the shape of the throat is different. Oh dang, a reason to go to the lathe.
Good choice on the coating for your plunger. Mineral oil is about all I use for food contact wood.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 11-21-2011 04:20 PM

Nice plunder , Danny. You already sparked another LJ to make one!! Good food safe finish,too.
That plastic one was molded and the hole was something they probably need for manufacturing.

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

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