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Project by Gabe C. posted 01-05-2012 05:26 PM 3911 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So in the interest of turning in any collected aluminum for cash, I decided that I needed to build a can crusher. I found this post on here (Thanks for the idea and inspiration!) http://lumberjocks.com/projects/48919 and so proceeded to make my own. It was an interesting project in the sense that it involved more hardware combined with the wood than I have probably done before. It ended up coming out a bit sloppy but it is functional and I am happy. Looking forward to the novelty of the kids crushing their soda cans.
And to all you guys out there struggling with drilling straight through dowels with your drill press…feel fortunate that you HAVE a drill press.
Here are the plans that I found on the web:
http://www.gorillaglue.com/Portals/0/pdfs/Project%20Plans/Project%20Plans%202/WJ097%20Can%20Crusher%20FINAL.pdf

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...





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laxbograt

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#1 posted 01-05-2012 05:34 PM

Cool Project,

Me and my father in law did that one summer we filled up trash cans with crushed cans thought we hit the mother load, they gave us like $7. Hardly paid for the gas. Hate to rain on your parade.

Looks nice though and recycling is good.

Carlos

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Gabe C.

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#2 posted 01-05-2012 05:46 PM

You aren’t raining on any parade. A pound of aluminum right now is only 51 cents where I live, so I’m not expecting a second income. I just felt that it was a missed opportunity, throwing the cans in the recycling bin and having the trash company profit from it every week.

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 01-05-2012 06:02 PM

FUN PROJECT

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ElmoSr

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#4 posted 01-05-2012 06:03 PM

this is really a neat idea—-i will use this plan. i sell aluminum cans mostly from my own use—-LOL but i turn them in every few months (have a good storage area) and get a nice chunk of change. i have a normal crusher, but this one drops them also too which is great.

carlos you want get rich but one can get some return for all the cokes we drink, and speaking of that gabe cant you guys get real beer out there??LOL

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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#5 posted 01-05-2012 07:20 PM

A valued friend who is no longer with us was a highly accomplished machinist who got tired of working for other people and decided to open up a one man shop on his farm for the last 20 years of his career. He was a good friend and I did some business with him through the plant. I loved to visit his shop on business or pleasure and his shop was in an old horse barn that he had converted. He had a can crusher that he had built that was similar but it was made out of steel. He always had a big pile of beer cans under the crusher on the floor and the best part of it was that some of them were always mine because he always offered me a few beers while I was there. Your post brought back fond memories of my friend and his shop. Thanks. That’s a very nice can crusher that you built. Congratulations.

helluvawreck

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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Gabe C.

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#6 posted 01-05-2012 07:31 PM

Helluvawreck, thank you for sharing such a great story. It’s good to have people like that in our lives that enrich us so much. Here’s to all of us having a shop in a converted horse barn one day.

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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Gabe C.

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#7 posted 01-05-2012 07:32 PM

Elmo…Heh, heh, we do get real beer here, but I’ve been laid off so I have been kind of slumming it.

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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jerkylips

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#8 posted 01-05-2012 08:08 PM

nothing wrong with PBR!!!

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ohwoodeye

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#9 posted 01-05-2012 08:44 PM

It took me 10 minutes before I could focus on your project due to the fabric design just to the left of it and the tatoo on your hand.
Well done. Looks strong enough to release some frustration with!

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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Gabe C.

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#10 posted 01-05-2012 08:51 PM

Yeah, it’s sort of camouflage among everything around it. I’m just hoping that it has enough leverage for the kids to do all the crushing.

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#11 posted 01-06-2012 02:56 AM

Sounds like Megadeth to me, TWICE. Thanks for sharing :)

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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3Gwoodguy

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#12 posted 01-06-2012 04:57 AM

A guy I worked with actually made a compressed air can crusher….yes, just to say that he could do it. It works like a champ! Sorry, no wood involved in his project.

-- "The beatings will continue until moral improves" -- Bart Ridings, Illinois

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thsteve17

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#13 posted 01-06-2012 06:03 AM

I made one of these, and filled it with a lot of pbr cans, and cans donated misc cans. My wife and I collected for about a year and when we took our load in (about 5 garbage bags crushed and about 4 not) we were unsure of what we would get. I can tell you this much though: at .55 a lb we got $69.00! I was very surprised and obviously I am still doing it. We were pleasantly surprised. Just save them until it is convenient to take them in and you can’t go wrong. Nice job on the project too!

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#14 posted 01-06-2012 07:38 AM

Very cool.

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