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Forum topic by Pointer posted 02-12-2017 02:47 AM 684 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Pointer

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02-12-2017 02:47 AM

Hi Fellow Jocks. I was wondering if anyone could give me any info on how to make an old fashioned corn planter. Not even sure I fully understand how all the mechanisms work. Any help (or plans) would be appreciated. Here is a photo of what I have in mind.

-- Joe - - Don't be pessimistic, it never works works anyway.


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#1 posted 02-12-2017 04:36 AM

The one my dad had looked similar but a bit more complicated mechanism. Poke it in the ground, operate the handles, a couple kernels of corn dropped into the ground and move about 6” to do it all over again.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 02-12-2017 02:57 PM

Yes, that is the style I have in mind. How did it pull a kernel or two out of the bin?

-- Joe - - Don't be pessimistic, it never works works anyway.

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#3 posted 02-12-2017 03:28 PM

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#4 posted 02-12-2017 05:53 PM

Google “hand corn planter patent” for pictures of the mechanism. It’s an interesting project, I hope you post updates.

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#5 posted 02-12-2017 06:48 PM

Pointer,

Though I’ve never seen a corn planter before, getting the kernels out of the bin is probably fairly simple using a slide mechanism like they use for gumball or M&M dispensers. Check out the project here.

The bottom of the bin should have a small hole just big enough to let a kernel or two through. Under that sits a slide with the same size hole. When you pull the handles apart, then slide will open and drop a few kernels. Closing the handles will allow a few more kernels to fall into the slide for the next hole.

There are definitely more complex mechanisms you could use that would give you exactly one (or two kernels) per hole, but this would be pretty easy and by testing a few combinations of bin hole size and slide hole size you could tune it pretty well I think.

Mike

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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#6 posted 02-12-2017 08:45 PM

I haven’t seen it for over 50 years. If you Goggle patent drawings, they should have a few.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 02-14-2017 03:49 PM

Thank you all for the info. I will post the project when I get it finished.

-- Joe - - Don't be pessimistic, it never works works anyway.

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