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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 09-18-2014 06:10 PM 4341 views 41 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started to make one but had enough wood for 5 so that is how many shook out of one board. I have one sold so I’ll take the others to the show in October.
These are nut crackers made from oak and maple. I could not find any maple dowels in the hardware stores like I used to- just oak and poplar. So I was at the Buckley Old Engine show last month and they were making 3/4” maple dowels on this old machine from the 1920’s. I bought a bunch of them and each one had the Buckley 2014 stamp on it so two of the crackers have all Buckley stamped rods in them.

I have made 3 kinds of nut crackers and this is the best I have and the only one I will continue to make. It is very effective and easy to use if you have arthritis in your hands like I do. You just drop the nut in the top hole, twist it till it cracks and turn it over to dump out the pieces.

I had a brainstorm today to wrap a piece of cloth or leather around the rods to keep all the pieces contained -maybe a bag for over the whole thing!! They have a tendency to throw shells quite a ways when doing English walnuts!! I’ll be making one soon.

The rods are held in with flat head screws and finishing washers. They are finished with clear lacquer.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 09-18-2014 06:22 PM

Verry smart and inovative solution!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 09-18-2014 06:40 PM

I’ve seen these before they are way cool

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#3 posted 09-18-2014 06:43 PM

Cool! Good luck at the show.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 09-18-2014 06:52 PM

Nice work and a unique design to me.

Thanks for sharing. I am sure they will sell quickly.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#5 posted 09-18-2014 07:01 PM

Great design Jim, I’m looking forward to seeing your further modifications.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#6 posted 09-18-2014 07:21 PM

Nice design, interesting solution, good work …

-- Lathe and my imagination will do everything to realize my dreams...Vanzemaljac

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#7 posted 09-18-2014 07:27 PM

Excellent Jim. What do those sell for? I probably need one as the pecan crop looks great this year.

-- jstegall

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#8 posted 09-18-2014 07:33 PM

Looks like it will do the job and I will wait for the mod and some pictures or video of how well if works as I have some nut to crack .


-- Kiefer

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#9 posted 09-18-2014 08:10 PM

Nice. Got to try and make one too.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#10 posted 09-18-2014 09:14 PM

Very good nutcrackers!


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#11 posted 09-18-2014 09:18 PM

Very interesting – must admit I’ve never seen or even heard of a nut cracker with such a design. Good work!

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#12 posted 09-18-2014 09:35 PM

I should hang up the old standby nut cracker and go with one of these. Maybe when arthritis gets worse. This is a cool design for a nut cracker Jim, and I can see it will work great. Will favorite it for future use.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#13 posted 09-18-2014 11:16 PM

Neat project Jim but will stick with a light whack with a hammer on our walnuts.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#14 posted 09-18-2014 11:38 PM

That is really cool. Will def be making some of these. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#15 posted 09-19-2014 12:00 AM

I’ve never seen a nutcracker like this—very neat design!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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