Heavy Duty Nutcracker

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Project by JohnnyB posted 03-27-2014 09:12 PM 1450 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 03-28-2014 12:02 PM

Cool, looks like a torture device from the Spanish inquisition days – OUCH!

-- The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. From a sign on a surfer bar in So. Calif.

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#2 posted 04-02-2014 01:48 PM

Looks great and way better than the store bought ones. Great job!

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#3 posted 04-02-2014 01:51 PM

If that doesn’t crack a nut nothing will. Nice work and a great design.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#4 posted 06-20-2014 02:54 PM

That’s Heavy Duty!

-- Chris K

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