Hocking Valley Corn Sheller Restoration #2: Building the frame

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Blog entry by wdkits1 posted 05-14-2010 06:37 PM 6006 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Before Pics Part 2 of Hocking Valley Corn Sheller Restoration series Part 3: --The box »

When I first took on this project I was going to use white oak for the woodwork, but after talking to the owner and getting permission to also do the original paint job I decided to go with the materials that were used in the original—maple for the frame and poplar for the box. After sizing all of the frame components to 1 3/4” x 2 1/8” and cutting to the proper lengths I began with turning the 2 small handles.

There are a lot of mortise and tenon joints used to hold the frame together so I went ahead and set up a tenoning jig to use on the bandsaw. Very simple set-up really. Making absolutely sure that the blade is set to true 90 degrees to the table is critical to using this jig to make tenons. I started by making a small sled that rides in the mater slot which is used to guide the work piece through the blade for the shoulder cuts and an adjustable clamp- on block to use as a reference point for the length of the tenons. I also made a stop block that clamps to the fence that is used to get the depth of the cut. After making a sample tenon to use as a reference I can now set the fence with the stop block and cut all of the tenons to the right depth.

Here is the set-up for cutting the shoulders.

Perfect every time

After all of the tenons were cut and all of the mortises were drilled and chiseled I drilled all of the hardware mounting holes, and did all of the rabbeting on the router table using the original pieces of the frame as a reference.
Here are all of the pieces for the frame.

Here is the dry fit frame

Here is the frame with most of the mechanical pieces set in place.
On to the parts for the box for the Hocking Valley Corn Sheller.

-- Mike --

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Chris Pond

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#1 posted 05-14-2010 09:16 PM

Nice work, So again do you grind corn with this?

-- Chris, Fernie, BC

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#2 posted 05-14-2010 09:17 PM

looks like a fun project to me..i think it was a good idea to use original woods..good luck with the final project..thanks for sharing it …oh yea i wanted to ask if you got your heating system in your shop…grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 05-14-2010 09:25 PM

Quite the restoration and very nicely done. Were the old parts in sufficient condition to use as patterns? Or did you have to devise a pattern from scratch or from pictures? Sounds like the wood is to be painted? I always feel a bit of remourse when a customer asks me to paint a project made from hardwood….I am not a “purest” but I do love the beautiful grains and patterns in natural woods.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#4 posted 05-14-2010 09:26 PM

To Chris—This equipment was used to remove the kernels from the cobb to be used as chicken feed or to take to the mill to have it ground into corn meal. The original catalog said that up to 20 bushels a day could be done with this machine. That would be alot of cranking—LOL To Grizzman—This is a fun little project. Can’t wait till I get to the painting stage and no—no heat in shop yet—hopefully by next winter for sure.
To Reggiek—Most of the original wood parts were good enough to get accurate measurements from but were full of post hole beetles and rotten.

-- Mike --

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