|Project by JohnnyB||posted 03-27-2014 09:12 PM||1384 views||3 times favorited||4 comments|
This started out as a mock-up to see whether the concept would work, but it started looking good to me, and I have declared that it is done. Our neighbor gave my wife a basket of walnuts, and all we had was a wimpy little nutcracker. So I made this one from an offcut of fir 2×4. I turned the anvils of ash and made the ends slightly concave to keep the walnuts from skittering away under pressure. The extra hole was my first guess on where to put the anvils. Wrong. The long lever (about 20”) reduces effort and allows enough control to avoid totally smashing the nuts. The fulcrum links pivot at both ends to allow the anvils to find optimum alignment for each nut. I turned the end of the top lever to make a comfortable handle. Still, the hard part is picking the meat from the shells!
-- JohnnyB - - Sometimes determination can substitute for skill.