Wooden Pecan Cracker

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 10-29-2012 09:53 PM 5911 views 11 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We are in the heart of pecan country in Arizona in the winter and there is a lot pecan cracking going on. I have been thinking abut a different type of “splitter” and finally got around to trying a design. I don’t have any drawings, I just started making parts out of scraps of wood laying around the shop until it came together.
The base is sycamore, the center block is Jarrah and the arm and upright are white oak.

Instead of just crushing the shell from both ends, I have 4 utility knife blades around a spring loaded plunger on the bottom to slit the shell. They are held in with set screws. The Jarrah wood taps very nicely and makes good threaded holes for the set screws. I started with just a hole in the wood arm at the top but then added the brass sleeve with a 30 degree taper on the inside to center the nut. I have one more change to put knife edge on the end of the screw holding in the top brass insert. I want to get some splitting action up there as well. The bandsaw blade cut was just the right width for the utility knife blades!!

It takes a feel to get it to split just right and not crush the pecan to pieces but I did manage to get many of the nut meats out in one piece.

I finished it with clear lacquer.

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

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#1 posted 10-29-2012 09:57 PM

I like it, Jim. We have lots of pecans here in Central Texas too. Looks like your device works well.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#2 posted 10-29-2012 10:04 PM

That’s a COOL nut cracker… Pecan nutcracker…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#3 posted 10-29-2012 10:09 PM


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

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#4 posted 10-29-2012 10:12 PM

Neccesity is the mother of invention. Your nutcracker / splitter looks like a great idea.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#5 posted 10-29-2012 10:16 PM

Looks like a good one

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 10-29-2012 10:43 PM

Looks like you got a good design there.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#7 posted 10-30-2012 12:02 AM

Great idea Jim. I like the ability to crush multiple nuts.

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

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#8 posted 10-30-2012 12:38 AM

Tony, I never thought of that. It will take all kinds!..........Jim

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

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#9 posted 10-30-2012 12:43 AM

Nice job Jim

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 10-30-2012 01:08 AM

First thing that came to mind was it takes a nut to invent a nut cracker. Joking of course. I really like the design.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#11 posted 10-30-2012 02:21 AM

This is a pretty fancy gadgit Jim, kind of a play on words it is a “Pretty Fancy Gadgit and it is Pretty Gadgit”.

Thanks for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#12 posted 10-30-2012 02:56 AM

Neat nut cracker Jim.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#13 posted 10-30-2012 09:50 AM

Watch where you put your fingers :) nice one.

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#14 posted 10-30-2012 01:25 PM

Very usefull tool

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 10-31-2012 01:33 AM

Great stuff Jim.
We don’t have pecans growing here just pine cones but it may work for splitting those .LOL
Keep posting your good projects as I enjoy them very much !

-- Kiefer

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