Hocking Valley Corn Sheller Restoration #4: Mission Accomplished

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Blog entry by wdkits1 posted 05-23-2010 02:39 AM 7470 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When I first took on this project I had my doubts whether or not I could get it to work. After doing a bit of research and finding some good photos of the original corn sheller it was obvious to me that this was going to be a fun little project which would test many of my skills. The only thing that my client wanted was for me to make it functional but I did talk him into letting me do the original paint job as I thought would really add a lot to the over-all looks of the project. These are a couple of pics of what I had to work with. Most of the original wood was either rotted away or was missing completely and what was left is full of post beetles, but I did have enough to get most of my measurements.

I began by building the frame using the same mortise and tenon joinery as the original paying attention to every detail knowing that tolerances were very tight on the original.

Dry fit frame

Because all of the parts for the sides were a full 1”thick I bought a nice piece of 5/4 poplar that I used to get all the pieces to complete the rest of the woodwork.

I ordered square headed nuts and bolts like the original and even had to order the flat head slotted wood screws.
Between the original pieces that I had and some photos that I found I had enough information to do the paint job.
Photo of an original Hocking Valley Corn Sheller

So Here is my version of a restored ” Improved Hocking Valley” corn sheller. I haven’t tried an ear of corn in it yet. but the mechanics seem to work pretty good.

-- Mike --

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#1 posted 05-23-2010 02:46 AM

What a wonderful restoration. Thanks for sharing it.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#2 posted 05-23-2010 03:17 AM

We have one on our front porch. But it doesn’t look as good as your restoration. Nice job. Looks great

-- It's not the breaths U take but the moments that take your breath away !!

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#3 posted 05-23-2010 03:20 AM

Super restoration

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 05-23-2010 03:26 AM

mike you did a great job!!!...i love the whole project…down to the small details..the handles even look like they have had years of wear…the paint job is super…this was a refreshing project to watch …thanks…now…ive held off and not said anything… looks to me like you need to use the broom a little in that shop…looks like someone has been having a lot of fun with no clean up…hahaha…..thats the beauty of our shops…as long as we know where it is… we can walk out at night and not have to worry if we dont want to…i hope your doing well and having a nice spring…summer heat has hit here in alabama…but after a long cold winter…im ready for some heat…take care mike..grizzman

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

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#5 posted 05-23-2010 03:35 AM

very cool … ... belongs in a state fair display

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#6 posted 05-23-2010 12:16 PM

Now that is an awsome project. You did a great job in recreating the original with extreme attention to detail, this is a project that you can be very proud of forever!

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#7 posted 05-23-2010 02:20 PM

Thanks everyone for the comments—This was a fun project. I always like a good challenge and this was definitely a challenge the least of which was the paint job—very tedious.
To Grizzman— I do have a broom—just can’t find it in the clutter. Oh well—LOL
Been warm here in Va too.

-- Mike --

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#8 posted 05-23-2010 02:50 PM

Outstanding restoration. Exquisite detail and great craftsmanship. You did a beautiful job on this piece. Thanks for sharing.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 05-23-2010 04:50 PM

very nice job.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#10 posted 05-23-2010 09:55 PM

Great restoration ! Very nice job.

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#11 posted 07-22-2012 08:27 PM

I have a corn sheller that looks just like this but it’s a Rumsey’s. I cannot find anything about a Rumsey’s corn sheller.

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