Nut Cracker- 3rd Style

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 10-27-2013 03:04 AM 4247 views 68 times favorited 49 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw this style nut cracker in an antique shop in Ohio and made a mock up to see how it worked. The original one had two round ends with the pins running through them and some kind of black plastic or bakelite plate to keep the pins in, but it was all disintegrated.
I made mine just little differently. First, with my arthritis, it is hard to grip and turn round things like jar lids, so I first turned some handle on the top and bottom plates. Then I added a 1 1/2” hole in the top to load the nut and to empty it. This goes real fast with that in there.

Originally, I had small holes in the end of the pins and ran a piece of 45# leader wire through all of them to hold the pins in. While twisting, I broke both of the wires. so I cut off the ends of all the pins and drilled a hole straight into them and glued in maple caps so they are held individually and don’t get any torque on the holding device.

I added a shot of the cracked pecan.
If anyone is interested in the sizes, the plates are 5/8 thick. The pins are 3/4” diameter and 7 1/2” long. The plates are 4” diameter and 2 1/2” diameter. I put 4 – 7/16” holes in each plate the the caps are .55” diameter.
I offset the handles at 90 degrees because it is more natural for holding and twisting than if they were in line.

It is made out of ash and finished with 3 coats of Formby’s Tung Oil finish.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 10-27-2013 03:37 AM


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#2 posted 10-27-2013 03:42 AM

Really cool! Was this your own design? I’ve never seen anything like it but it make perfect sense!

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#3 posted 10-27-2013 03:58 AM

There’s a Nutty Idea!
Timely too, with Christmas two short months away…
Nice One Jim!

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#4 posted 10-27-2013 04:24 AM

That is so cool! Looks like it works great. I think my Stepdad would love it.

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#5 posted 10-27-2013 04:59 AM

Crazzy machine! As long as it cracks nuts it’s OK.

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#6 posted 10-27-2013 05:41 AM

That is a neat design Jim! It sounds odd to hear antique and plastic in the same reference. I like your modification of adding the handles to make it arthritic hand friendly. The device itself looks like something you’d see in Reminisce Magazine on the “Can you identify this?” page!! heeheehee Nice job. Thanks for sharing!

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#7 posted 10-27-2013 06:18 AM

Very good re-engineering it!

We have one very much like that… works very well…

Great job modifying for easier cracking for ones with arthritis…!!

It’s really COOL the way it works… very unique…


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#8 posted 10-27-2013 09:04 AM

Most unusual, I have never seen anything like it. Well done. Better for your hands too, the arthritis would be very painful.



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#9 posted 10-27-2013 09:27 AM

Way cool cracker! The handles are a really smart idea.

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#10 posted 10-27-2013 09:38 AM

Now that is an interesting nutcracker Jim, and it works very well to. Great job on this.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 10-27-2013 09:39 AM

Nice one Jim, looks like it works real well.

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

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#12 posted 10-27-2013 10:54 AM

Very cool Jim…have never seen a nut cracker anything like that before….amazing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#13 posted 10-27-2013 10:54 AM

Perfect! What a fun project, I’ll add this to the winter season project list.
Congratulations on a great project!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#14 posted 10-27-2013 10:54 AM

Great idea

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#15 posted 10-27-2013 11:37 AM

Really cool Jim. Awesome work.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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